Tasting Plates Vancouver – West End

This was my 2nd Tasting Plates event by Vancouver Foodster, accompanied by 3 friends. Although we started a little late, the first stop for picking up tickets was a little far from all other stops, and it felt like a lot of walking during the evening, we enjoyed most of the plates on this fun food adventure.

Morocco West

Being the first stop of the evening, Morocco West set the bar pretty high. The four tasting bites: Hummus, Zaalouk, Chermoula Prawn, and Merguez Sausage Samosa, were all bursting with loads of beautiful Mediterranean flavours. Texture was great on hummus and zaalouk. Chermoula prawn was nice and succulent, with a marinade that was a little oily but very aromatic. Merguez sausage samosa was de-li-cious! Rich herbs and spices had a strong presence but were not overpowering. I would definitely come back here for a Beer-Tapa night with some buddies.

Tasting Plates Vancouver - West End - Morocco West

Tasting Plates Vancouver – West End – Morocco West

Morocco West

Morocco West

Official website:
http://moroccowest.com/

Map and other reviews:
Morocco West on Urbanspoon

Pizza Fabrika

Overall, Pizza Fabrika gave pizza lovers what they ask for. The pies were well made and tasted good. But I was not too crazy about them, maybe because my expectation was a little high after waiting in a long line-up for more than 20 minutes. After such a long wait My first bite on the Bison Meatball Pizza was a little surprisingly familiar. I was expecting some flavour contrast after eating Moroccan food at Morocco West, but the meatball pizza seemed to have cumin in it. I also had a slice of Fromage, which was good but again not superb. However, I think I would come back to try their other pizzas.

Tasting Pates Vancouver - West End - Pizza Fabrika

Tasting Pates Vancouver – West End – Pizza Fabrika

 Pizza Fabrika

Pizza Fabrika

Official website:
http://www.pizzafabrika.ca/

Map and other reviews:
Pizza Fabrika on Urbanspoon

Buckstop

Buckstop’s tasting plate turned out to be the most disappointing one of the evening for me overall. What they offered: Autumn Slaw, House Smoked Sausage, and Corn Bread, did not taste good no matter how I combined them or ate them individually. The slaw did not taste fresh and the dressing was rather bland. The corn bread was quite rubbery. The sausage had an odd texture and the spiciness was not pleasant. However they tramadol online cheap pleased some diners with their whisky drinks that were on special, and some of them actually got brisket instead of sausage. Other than being a local pub, they surely did not strike me as a foodie’s place.

Tasting Plates Vancouver - West End - Buckstop Denman

Tasting Plates Vancouver – West End – Buckstop Denman

Official site:
http://buckstop.ca/

Map and other reviews:
Buckstop on Urbanspoon

SPAGHeTEI

I loved the dishes from SPAGHeTEI. If you are expecting traditional saucy spaghetti dishes, you would probably be disappointed. Here they just incorporate spaghetti noodles into popular Japanese dishes. If you are familiar with contemporary Japanese cuisine, you probably have tried Mentaiko Yakiudon (pan fried udon noodle with cured cod roe) or Beef Yakisoba (pan fried soba noodle). Here Mentaiko , and Barayaki were the counterparts of those 2 popular Japanese dishes with some tweaks. I was laughing when my French friend Justine told me that she found Mentaiko disgusting. Oh well such exotic taste isn’t really everybody’s cup of tea.

Tasting Plates Vancouver - West End - SPAGHeTEI

Tasting Plates Vancouver – West End – SPAGHeTEI

Official website:

http://spaghetei.com/

Map and other reviews:

Spaghetei ????? on Urbanspoon

Milestone at English Bay

I could tell Miliestone was trying hard to impress the event with their fine dining take on the tasting plate: Roasted Poblano Soup, Halibut served with a smoked tomato ragu, quinoa pilaf and finished with a serrano creme, and paired with a glass of Dreaming Tree chardonnay. It was towards the end of the evening so the fish was a little hard on the texture side, but it was a solid plate of food after all. I was impressed by the Poblano Soup. It was pretty spicy but was quite enjoyable, the roasted flavours had really shone. I could have totally enjoyed the food a little more if I weren’t so full after all the spaghetti and pizza from earlier.

Tasting Plates Vancouver - West End - Milestone at  English Bay

Tasting Plates Vancouver – West End – Milestone at English Bay

Official website:

http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/

Map and other reviews:

Milestones Grill and Bar on Urbanspoon

We did pretty well this evening although we ran out of time and missed 2 places (a coffee shop and a tea merchant) that served beverages and pastries. But we were too full for dessert anyway! 🙂

4 Comments on Tasting Plates Vancouver – West End

  1. Mr pickyDiner
    I’v looked at your review about morocco West, I was shcked by your review, I have eatn there 2 months ago, the food was bit confusing to me, but in your review you covered only the Morocco part without talking about West part,your review was lacking of a story, I guss not everyone can be Food blogger 😉

    • Hi FoodyVan!
      I was there for a tasting event and I was pleased and impressed by what they put on the plate. I’m certainly no expert on Moroccan food, and cannot provide comment on originality and authenticity. I could only try to share my dining experience as much as possible based on how much I enjoy eating the food. Everyone is entitle to their own opinion. If someone has a different opinion based his experience that I don’t agree with, I will still respect it with an open mind. Maybe you won’t be so shocked or confused so much if you have an open mind as well. Also, I’m not trying particularly hard to be a food blogger, I just write about my passion and share it with the rest of world. 🙂

  2. I noticed this review on Urbanspoon along with a few others talking about Buckstop. I thought I would chime in because I love this place! They’re just over a year old and have had some menu changes and evolution since they first opened, which is to be expected. They also had a new chef start just before tasting plates. This chef is no longer there so I am certain if you ever went again you would have a different experience. Disclaimer: I’ve been going there so much I am now friends with the owner, but I remain a frugal and picky eater nonetheless. 🙂

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