Dockside Restaurant is back for another year with Dine Out Vancouver! Their $35 menu features some local flavours with Asian twists. I was invited recently to check out the Dine Out Vancouver menu, here are my thoughts:
Cucumber Caprese – this twist on the traditional caprese salad finds sweetness and refreshing flavours from the strawberry wrapped in the cucumber. The pomegranate reduction creates a nice sweeter flavour to balance out the crispness of the cucumber and tomato.
Beef Empanadas – the crispy shell and warm beef inside is balanced out with the tomato bell pepper relish and given a bit more heaviness with the avocado crema.
Korean spiced Arancini – these Arancini balls are a nice twist and the brightest of the starters. It’s crispy exterior is flavoured with a nice (not too spicy) kick and then served on a bed of chilli lime aioli.
Singapore Seafood curry – this curry is packed with great seafood – mussels, shrimp, salmon to name a few and topped with coconut rice cakes that give a different texture to the dish overall. Although it has the rice cakes, I think the dish could do with some rice or other grain to soak up the rest of the curry.
Grilled Lamb rack – The grilled lamb rack is served with three lamb ‘pops’. You’ll find the lemon herb gnocchi underneath with chimichurri. The flavour is nice overall, with no overwhelming gamey flavour to it. The gnocchi has good flavour but felt a tad bit overcooked.
Crispy Braised Chicken thigh – this dish is served with flageolet bean cassoulet and pan jus. Overall, the cassoulet stood out flavour wise in this dish.
Mushroom Goat Cheese Risotto – this is the vegetarian option for the Dine Out Menu, the risotto is made with foraged wild mushrooms and goat cheese. While I appreciated the not too overwhelming flavour from the goat cheese, I felt like this dish could use a bit more flavour to it.
Apple Pie “lollipop” a la mode – this cute twist on apple pie with vanilla ice cream is a good way to end the meal.
Chocolate Crème Brûlée served with a house made biscotti. The chocolate creme brulee has a mild, not too sweet and slightly smoky flavour.
For more information on Dine Out Vancouver: https://www.dineoutvancouver.com
For more information on Dockside Restaurant: https://docksidevancouver.com