Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.

Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

Thanks to everyone who entered the Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest contest over the last couple weeks.  We have connected with our winner and are thrilled to have Jo and her mother joining us at opening night of Oktoberfest 2017 on Friday Oct 6th. Oktoberfest

If you still want to join in on the fun, tickets for Vancouver Alpen House Oktoberfest are still available online for the festivities happening on Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.  Regular tickets are just $35 and limited $75 VIP tickets are available for each night, including German Buffet and Service.  All tickets enjoy the fun and entertainment from The Continentals and more.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf you really want to immerse yourself in the #dasoriginal German Oktoberfest experience, why not dress the part with an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen rented from germanyinvancouver.com

The Lederhosen rent for $95 for up to 5 day. Includes over-knee or knee-length Lederhosen with or w/out suspenders depending on preference. (no shirt, shoes or socks)

 

The Dirndl dresses are $95 for up to 5 days. Includes the full three piece set of dress, apron and blouse.

Kids sizes are available to be added to your rental so the whole family can get in on the experience.

Germany In Vancouver rents by appointment only so reach out to them now to show up the rests of the cheap costume-in-a-bag outfits thrown together for Oktoberfest or Halloween.
A pop-up shop is open now at 315 Londsale in North Vancouver to check out the Lederhosen and Dirndls in person or visit them online at germanyinvancouver.com

 

 

Haru Korean Kitchen

Even though Haru Korean Kitchen has been open since the winter, we’ve recently made a couple of visits to try out their stylish and tasty Korean food.

If you follow us, you know we try a lot of Korean restaurants around town, and Haru Korean Kitchen now ranks right up there with our favourites.  The simple and modern, interior decor keeps the attention on the food; large portions, with quick and friendly service.  In addition to being fresh and flavourful, everything we’ve had is visually delicious too, vibrant crisp, colours, add to the appeal.

Traditional Korean dishes line-up alongside special-menu items that introduce West Coast ingredients to the dishes.

Smokes Salmon Bibimbap
Smoked Salmon Bibimbap

The current special menu includes Smoked Salmon Bibimbap, smooth smoked salmon replacing the usual meat. Piled high with fresh julienned vegetables, stacked on multigrain rice, the dish looked more like a salad than a rice bowl.  A fresh and light dish, great for a summer day.

Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk
Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk

Other items we’ve tried have been equally fresh, and simple.  Another special menu item, Bi-Bim-Gook-Su, is similar to traditional Bibimbap but on buckwheat noodles.
Soo-Yuk is also a special-menu snack item, seasoned steamed sliced pork served with crisp, tangy, pickled radish

 

Ginseng Chicken Stew
Ginseng Chicken Stew

Ginseng Chicken Stew with Sticky Rice (Samgyetang) is an individual size bowl of the classic Korean comfort dish, flavourful shredded chicken with sticky rice, ginseng and other herbs.

 

 

Namul
Namul

Namul, from the snacks menu, is a rainbow of five seasoned vegetables thinly sliced, is another bright summer inspired dish.

 

 

 

Mandu
Mandu

The house-made, pan-fried pork Mandu, also from the snacks menu, are plump, nicely filled, chewy and crispy dumplings. These just maybe pulled up to second place as favourite mandu in Vancouver.

We look forward to trying more of the menu, as we look at other tables, we’re already to make our next orders.

Haru Korean Kitchen is located at 324 Cambie Street, in Gastown, open 7 days per week for Lunch and Dinner.  Find them online at harukoreankitchen.com or Facebook and Instagram