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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sooke Harbour House
Sooke Harbour House is a restaurant on Vancouver Island I'd heard great things about. A Toronto food critic, interviewed on CBC-AM, when asked what would she like for her last meal, said a meal at SHH. The restaurant is famous for its edible flowers. I figured they must taste really good if they're famous for them. So Fumiyo and I went there during a trip to Victoria last week. Sooke itself was surprisingly hard to find but we got there just in time for our reservation. They gave me a great table overlooking the harbour, "the captain's table" said the server. As Vancouver Island has some great cidres, I requested one, then discovered they were $30 a bottle so I went with a cidre from the Okanagan for $7.00.
The first course was Sooke Harbour House Farm Organic Salad: Wild and cultivated lettuces with herbs and flowers from our gardens with yoghurt, basil, mint and nasturtium dressing. Here it is.
Next up, Lobster Mushroom Lazagna: With matsutaki soubise, nasturtium salad and grand fir oil. At least I did get a bit of flavour with the nasturtiums, and once again a pretty plate, but more filling than delicious.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Father's Day at Forage
The problem with the past is that it keeps receding from us. Things were awhile ago, then a long while ago, then forgotten as if they had never occurred.
My daughter used to take me out to dinner for Father's day. The last time was 1996. That was awhile ago.
I've continued to dine out on this day, remembering the past and imagining how she'd enjoy the new dishes available in this city since her loss.
The dish above is gnocchi with nettles. Only the 2nd time I've had nettles. It's like your own private forest. The greatest thing about this dish was that it was served in a hot pan, as you can see, so it never cooled down. The dish seems to float, just as the gnocchi did.
Below is a watercress soup with spot prawns. I recently attended the launch of Vancouver's spot prawn season, which has become a yearly festival here. Those were amazingly fresh prawns but these were even better. It was if the prawn wanted to fill me with goodness so I'd remember it as long as I live.I tried to savor each molecule, swimming around my teeth before vanishing forever. The prawn was telling me, "enjoy me in the fullest. I've given my life for your pleasure so make the most of it." The watercress soup was another revelation. I had never known how noble this vegetable could be. As it was a cold soup, I never had to worry about it cooling down and becoming less flavorful.
Excellent service and ambiance combined with the best apple cider I've had in a long time for a truly memorable Father's Day feast.