Sneak Peek of the 2018 Dine Out Vancouver Menu
Last week we were invited by our friends at Aeroplan (the Premier Partner of Dine Out Vancouver) to join Tourism Vancouver for a sneak peek at a few of the restaurants participating in Dine Out Vancouver.
This year, Dine Out Vancouver provides attendees with culinary experiences that extend beyond the traditional Dine Out menus. There are also guided dining adventures, spirited cocktail masterclasses (I tried the Spirited Masterclass – bitters 101), BC VQA wine brunches, neighbourhood food tours and global guest-chef collaboration dinners.
Our delicious evening started at H2 at the Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour. We then proceeded to Yew Seafood & Bar located in downtown Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel, followed by Cacao located in Kitsilano and Nicli Pizzeria located in historic Gastown.
It was a super fun event that got us even more excited about the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival (DOVF) that starts on January 19th, 2018 and runs until February 4th 2018.
For more info about the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, visit its website here.
Aeroplan Members get special perks at this festival. Click here to learn more.
H2 Rotisserie & Bar
Location: Coal Harbour
Offering: Dinner and a Vegetarian menu each evening during DOVF
Our evening started at H2 Rotisserie & Bar. While networking and getting to know the other attendees, I was able to sample a few of the menu options.
We were treated to the “Whisked Away” cocktail, which was developed as the official Dine Out Cocktail (and appropriately coloured tangerine as the official colour of Aeroplan). The menu was really good (I really enjoyed the Chicken Pot Pie) and the restaurant is a fun choice for a night out.
See the DOVF menu at H2 Rotisserie & Bar here.
Yew Seafood & Bar
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Offering: January 21, 2018 – Bitters 101 Master Class
Cost: $96.00 for Bitters 101
Offering: Dinner each evening during DOVF
Cost: $40.00 for Dinner
Yew Seafood & Bar is located in the Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel. Our media experience was not to taste the Dine Out Vancouver dinner menu, but instead to experience its Spirited Masterclass – Bitters 101, hosted by award-winning bartender Lauren Mote. The class is meant to teach guests about the sensory perception of ‘bitter’.
The jars (appetizers) we sampled were part of their everyday bar + lounge menu. If you visit, you must try the marinated salmon poke – it’s heavenly (see photo below). The salmon melted in my mouth. I would return to Yew just for this dish.
See the DOVF menu at Yew Seafood & Bar here.
I was not really familiar with bitters before this sampling. Truth be told, we’re more of a beer and red wine household. However, it was a really fun experience and the cocktails were nothing like I’ve ever tasted before. They were very quite flavourful and different.
If you’re interested in learning how to create unique cocktails, or simply looking for something different to try, this would be a great experience. It’s happening on January 21, 2018. Learn more here.
Offering: Dinner during DOVF
Our third stop of the evening was to Cacao, a progressive Latin American menu created with a focus on high quality and regional ingredients. Our host told us that many of the recipes are from family secrets – like the 50 year old Mole. It’s 50 years old because when the Mole batch is almost gone, the remainder of the Mole is added to the new batch.
The restaurant atmosphere is cozy and intimate. We visited on a Thursday night and the restaurant was full.
Cacao is offering a set menu for Dine Out Vancouver. I was able to sample a few dishes on the menu and it was very good. If you like Latin American cuisine, or have been wanting to give it try, it’s definitely worth checking out their menu.
See the DOVF menu at Cacao here.
Offering: Lunch and Dinner during DOVF
Pizza is one of my favourite foods (scratch that – it ranks number one!). Immediately upon walking into Nicli Pizzeria, I was taken back to memories of eating pizza in Italy. Nicli’s Pizzeria’s atmosphere and food is delicious and unpretentious. If you’ve never been, you need to put this place on your to visit list!
According to Nicli Pizzeria’s website:
Nicli Antica Pizzeria is the first VPN-certified Neapolitan pizzeria in Vancouver. Honouring the appetizing traditions from four generations of the Nicli family, Chef David Tozer’s menu highlights the season’s freshest, local ingredients alongside a robust beverage program.
Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) was created to protect and to professionalize the Pizza Makers in Italy and abroad that will undertake to make the Vera Pizza Napoletana (true Neapolitan pizza), according to tradition, thus ensuring the quality of the production process and products used.
See the DOVF menu at Nicli Pizzeria here.
Nicli Pizzeria offers true authentic pizzas using a wood-fired pizza oven. It’s said that to make pizza in the true Neapolitan style, a brick-lined oven must be used. The oven must burn hard-wood at temperatures hot enough (800 to 1,000+ degrees Fahrenheit) to bake a pizza in 90 seconds. That’s hot!
The margarita pizza was delicious and I highly recommend it with a pint of the Peroni ‘Nastro Azurro’ Lager. I was informed they are opening a new location in North Vancouver soon (yeah, that’s our neighbourhood!).
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The Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a great opportunity to visit a new restaurant, taste some new food, sample a new wine and experience Vancouver’s thriving culinary scene.
The 2018 festival begins on January 19th and finishes on February 4th. Many of the participating restaurants will be offering two sittings per night. Menu prices range from $20 and up, so there are options for all budgets.
Learn more here – http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/