9 Best Restaurant and Bar Experiences in Vancouver and Seattle in September 2011

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011

In the Best Restaurant Meals series, I curate my most noteworthy nosh from the past week(s) with mobile photos.

Here’s what I ate when I was away on a mini vacation in Seattle last weekend.

I’ll start with my Seattle feast-ventures. Bear in mind that my hosts have 2 young children so we only visited kid-friendly establishments. I’ll save the sloshy happy hours for my next trip.

 

Bánh tàm bi, a smiple noodle salad with coconut milk and fish sauce at Green Leaf, my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle. by Melody Gourmet Fury

Bánh tàm bi, a smiple noodle salad with coconut milk and fish sauce at Green Leaf, my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle.

The lemongrass grilled eggplant with fried onions at Green Leaf is equally good.  I love that they pickle crispy jicama instead of daikon. Nice touch! in Seattle, WA by Melody Gourmet Fury

The lemongrass grilled eggplant with fried onions at Green Leaf is equally good. I love that they pickle crispy jicama instead of daikon. Nice touch!

Uneeda Burger has a beautiful, spacious patio. Their burger selection is impressive.  I enjoyed the mushroom burger with truffle salt the best, but the caramelized onion + blue cheese + watercress burger was a close second.  I just wish their fries were crispier. in Seattle, WA by Melody Gourmet Fury

Uneeda Burger has a beautiful, spacious patio. Their burger selection is impressive. I enjoyed the mushroom burger with truffle salt the best, but the caramelized onion + blue cheese + watercress burger was a close second. I just wish their fries were crispier.

The kids (and admittedly, I too) had fun dressing our pancakes and French toast at the self-serve topping bar.  This is my ginger and berry bread pudding that was sliced and griddled before I loaded it up with fresh berries and whipped cream. It's so decadent that I only finished one slice. Don't worry, the rest did not go to waste :) Portage Bay Cafe in Seattle, WA by Melody Gourmet Fury

The kids (and admittedly, I too) had fun dressing our pancakes and French toast at the self-serve topping bar. This is my ginger and berry bread pudding that was sliced and griddled before I loaded it up with fresh berries and whipped cream. It's so decadent that I only finished one slice. Don't worry, the rest did not go to waste :) Portage Bay Cafe in Seattle, WA.


Back in Vancouver…

Dim Sum at Red Star Seafood Restaurant in Richmond, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

Dim Summing (is a verb) at Red Star Seafood Restaurant in Richmond with the familia. Clockwise from the top left: braised beef tendon, stuffed sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, thin crepe with crushed peanuts and shredded coconut, prawn and seaweed spring roll, pan-fried taro cake, Chiu-Chow steamed dumplings.

Post cook-out dessert buffet

Post cook-out dessert buffet that guilted me into doing the Insanity workout for oh... a week.

Jason Broowne's winning cocktail at the Made with Love cocktail competition. That would be hemp foam.  in Vancouver, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

Jason Broowne's winning cocktail at the Made with Love cocktail competition. That would be hemp foam.

Smack-yo-mama fresh sashimi at Guu Garden  in Vancouver, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

Smack-yo-mama fresh sashimi at Guu Garden in Vancouver. Coho and Sockeye salmon, scallops, hamachi, and spot prawns.

Naturally, the spot prawn head did not escape from my mouth of fury!

Naturally, the spot prawn head did not escape from my mouth of fury! It was deep-fried and consumed whole - spines, eyeballs and all.

Doing a tasting for Vancouver Food Tour.  Cocktail, beer, and vamped bar snacks: Scotch eggs and Devil on Horsebacks (Gruyère stuffed prunes, wrapped in bacon). Pourhouse  in Vancouver, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

Doing a tasting for Vancouver Food Tour. Cocktail, beer, and vamped bar snacks: Scotch eggs and Devil on Horsebacks (Gruyère stuffed prunes, wrapped in bacon). It was a tough work day.

Napoletana pizza with anchovie and creamy roasted garlic cloves at Verace Pizzeria  in Vancouver, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

Napoletana pizza with anchovie and creamy roasted garlic cloves at Verace Pizzeria in Vancouver

We also enjoyed the Funghi pizza, loaded w fresh shrooms and Grana Padano. The whole wine list at Verace Pizzeria is Italian - I like that.  in Vancouver, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

We also enjoyed the Funghi pizza, loaded w fresh shrooms and Grana Padano. The whole wine list at Verace Pizzeria is Italian - I like that.

I adore these ginger and miso rice crackers from Muji.  It's too bad we don't have more Muji stores in N. America.

I adore these ginger and miso rice crackers from Muji. It's too bad we don't have more Muji stores in N. America.

2 desserts I love, combined into 1.  Black sesame dessert soup with tofu-fa, a slippery and silky tofu that resembles the texture of pudding.

2 desserts I love, combined into 1. Black sesame dessert soup with tofu-fa, a slippery and silky tofu that resembles the texture of pudding.

I was thrilled to find pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) at a Portuguese bakery. These were unfortunately too cloyingly sweet and dense for my taste.

I was thrilled to find pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) at a Portuguese bakery. These were unfortunately too cloyingly sweet and dense for my taste.

Thursday special: lamb shank on risotto at Tableau Bistro  in Vancouver, BC by Melody Gourmet Fury

Thursday special: lamb shank on risotto at Tableau Bistro in Vancouver. The food was quite good and I loved the room too. The service, however, was a bit lacking.

 

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  • Marsha!

    i have serious nom envy.

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Enough to entice a visit?

  • A Beautiful Life

    wow that’s some food week.  Where do you get the black sesame tofu fa dessert from?

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Angel Cake Shop/ Cafe on Fraser & 44th. They have surprisingly good Cantonese desserts – very reasonably priced too.

  • Teresa

    I go to Angel Cake / Cafe a lot as it’s in my old hood.  My parents might as well live there.  But funny I haven’t tried their desserts yet..will do next time.  Lovin’ the new layout too!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thanks babeh! xo

  • Kc

    Next time you go to Seattle, make the trek to Tacoma and go to the bar 1022 South. It is incredible! I recommend the lavender cocktail. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.