Vancouver has proven to be an abundant source of delicious cuisine. Each time I go, I choose a new spot- sometimes a little place that’s gotten traffic on Urbanspoon or a place that I’ve heard of from the lips of other foodies. Either way, I have yet to have a bad meal in this picturesque city nestled between mountains and ocean.
Twisted Fork Bistro is an excellent example of a small restaurant that I stumbled on while hunting through Urbanspoon. I always research restaurants when I am traveling to a city, even if I have been there countless of times. Vancouver is so big and ever changing. People who aren’t locals should definitely check out local blogs, foodie blogs (comme moi!) and sites like Urbanspoon so you know where to go and what suits your budget. I also like to use Google Maps to see which of my restaurants of choice are closer so that I can save on cab money and, in most cases, walk! I can even zoom in on neighbourhoods to make sure it fits my party’s comfort level.
In this case, I was staying at the historic Hotel Vancouver Fairmont, where I was able to get an amazing deal through hotels.com. I was able to walk from my hotel on Georgia Street to Granville Street (where it is located) in about fifteen minutes. The street’s lights remind me of a miniature version of old time Vegas. The day we were able to dine at the Twisted Fork was on Halloween and, boy, is the city alive on a night like this!
On Granville, there are so many things to see from great shopping, sex shops with 25 cent peep shows, the hippest undiscovered restaurants, bars, cheap pizza places and clubs/lounges. The Twisted Fork is nestled in between all these in a narrow but charming location. The food is French but with a homemade feel, none of the uptight expensive dinning selections we are used to seeing.
Dinner was kicked off with an adorable mini pasta strainer full of fresh, hot bread with soft butter. I devoured at least two. Their selections of martinis are also delicious and their bar is charming with a small smiling buddha statue set between bottles of liqueurs.
As for dinner I feasted on a delicious duck with a heaping mound of mashed potatoes, veggies and their version of Ratatouille. The duck was delicious surrounded by a light gravy. The potatoes and veggies were flavourful and enjoyable, however, I wanted the Ratatouille to be seasoned more or for the chef to put a more flavourful spin on this peasant dish. Being diced into small cubes, it would have made a better salsa or bruschetta topping served cold. I also tried the lamb shank of which I have never been a fan but it was surprisingly tasty as compared to the shank I had at Picasso, Las Vegas. It just goes to show, you don’t always have to pay more to get some love added to your dish.
Although the overall location was small and the tables were almost too close together it was really a cosy atmosphere with friendly staff.
After dinner we roamed the city, walking off dinner on our way to the hotel where I sipped on their specialty teas before bed. I swore that if I lived in such a city I would be broke from dinning out at a different place every night!