A parade of the food of March, starting off with one of my new favourite sushi restaurant. The links to the restaurant website will be at the end of the post.
Yes, that is three type of roe and a wealth of sashimi placed at the side, including plump scallops. What really separates it from the rest are the pickles and the sprouts. Their tamagoyaki is also amazing.
Some more pictures of various sushi from the same place:
One of my stand-by favourites is Kita-no-Donburi. Judging by the name you would expect me to rave about their donburi, except they're unfortunately quite average. They are delicious, but nothing exceptional. Rather, their special sushi rolls are more of a standout. Again it's the little touches, like the sprinkled nori or those red things, that makes it a bit extra-special.
The more typical downtown lunch fare (if there is such a thing) would be sandwiches and etc. from what I call "faux-rustic/industrial brasserie-inspired West Coast fusion hipster retro café-restaurant". Yes, that was a lot of words. No, I don't have a more compact or elegant way to describe the type of food shops common in Gastown and Downtown.
Above are some delicious house-made terrine and sausage with mustard, spicy pickled vegetables and lightly roasted bread. Although called a Ploughman's Plank, the portion is only suitable if you happen to be an exceedingly tiny (or lazy) ploughman. I happen to love cured meats and vegetables, so things like this are right up my alley. Chill Winston has pretty slow service at lunch though, so don't go with a large crowd. This dish required minimum preparations and the place was practically empty but it still took them a good 15 min to bring this out of the kitchen. The waitresses were also not very attentive at all. Their food is good though and I recommend coming back in the evenings for some of their cocktails.
The decor of this place screams retro (and hipster). They have lovely turquoise steel folding chairs and all food comes on these tin trays. This was cream of mushroom soup (rotating daily soup) and a beet and roasted fennel salad (with local goat cheese!). Rainier Provisions is also unfortunately lacking in the service department. Nothing severe but everything is just quite slow.
On the cooking front, I haven't done much this month (that I've taken photos of). I did take a picture of my totally not authentic cabbage rolls. I was craving them due to the cold weather (spring, where?). I think the ones I make are a little closer to the Polish variety but I honesty have no clue. I just slapped together some ingredients and wrapped them up.
The filling is half and half ground beef and pork, finely diced onions, cabbage and potatoes, some coriander and a mix of ground spices containing sea salt, peppercorn, allspice and paprika. The cabbage leaves were parboiled first to make them more malleable for wrapping. It's simmered in a mix of tomatoes and onions, seasoned with sea salt, pepper and rock sugar.
Although I did so well to not get sick while everyone around me was deathly contagious, I finally fell victim to the plague at the end of March. Strangely it made me crave South-Eastern curries, so I went out and bought some. It's all semi-instant roux because I don't usually cook with any spices, and as such don't tend to stock any. I forgot to take a picture, but the brand of the curry noodles below also makes a delicious (for instant noodles) laksa. I also bought some cream stew (クリームシチュー) roux as well because I've been wanting to try a half-curry half-cream stew concoction à la 鴛鴦炒飯.
I'll be heading to Italy for just over a week in April, so stay tuned for next month's food porn.