Restaurant: YEW Restaurant & Bar
Cuisine: West Coast/Pacific Rim/Eclectic/Seafood
Last visited: February 2, 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC (Downtown)
Address: 791 W Georgia Street
Price Range: $30-50+
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: n/a didn’t try enough
**Recommendations: Olympic cocktails, Reuben Spring Roll, Tuna Tartare, Mango Ravioli, Martini (ice cream) glass for 2, and I guess the Olympic burger for kicks.
So?! What did you think?! I don’t know what I’m more excited about?!? This official launch for the FIRST EVER Follow Me Foodie webisode, or the size of this Olympic Burger!? Actually, more importantly, what were YOU more excited for? Feel free to leave comments or subscribe to my youtube channel here. Of course, the video doesn’t replace my essay like blog posts, so for more details regarding the food it’s always best to follow up by my posts.
It’s that time of year again! Wait, what time of year? Well, technically there’s no “again” because this is the first time it’s being done. But from February 12 – 28, YEW Restaurant & Bar is bringing back some of the favourite Olympic items offered last year. That’s right! It has already been a year since CANADA WON GOLD FOR MEN AND WOMEN’S HOCKEY, and YEW located in downtown at The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is reliving the moments by welcoming back the menu they launched especially for the Olympics 2010.
When I think of “hotel restaurant”, it’s not necessarily positive things that come to mind. However, the whole concept of “hotel restaurant” is changing and YEW proves to be doing things differently. A lot of the clientele here are actually locals and the menu features West Coast and Pacific Northwest cuisine.
The Olympic Burger was the particular focus in the video, however it’s not really representable of what YEW does on a regular basis. Nonetheless, only one Asian man named Dennis Pang, and one 6 foot woman as EVER finished this burger… I’m not 6 feet, so it wasn’t me. Good guess though! I got through 3/4 of the burger… but if you’re up for the challenge then you better head over before February 28!
On the table:
The following portion of this post is from a previous media dinner I was invited to at YEW Restaurant & Bar. This was not part of the Follow Me Foodie video series. YEW is a restaurant, lounge and bar and they have a killer cocktail and wine list. I actually really like how they offer up bar tapas and dessert tapas, so it a place that caters to all hours of the day.Bar Snacks
**Reuben Spring Roll – 4.5/6
**Tuna Tartare – 5/6
I was decently full after almost 3/4 of the Olympic Burger, but I knew dessert was ahead and I was prepared to tackle the menu at full force. Not only did I get my own set of 3 desserts, but I actually asked for a sampling of all of them to report back with better “research”… so I ended up with 5 desserts! On top of this, Olympic Burger champion (Dennis Pang) gave me his trophy which was one of my favourite desserts, the Yew’s Signature dessert: The Homemade Ice Cream Matini Glass for Two… but I was only one!
To be honest, I was more impressed with the presentation of the desserts than the actual desserts themselves. I feel like chef is holding back, or perhaps limited to creating desserts that are “easy to prepare” or supply high volumes. I couldn’t help but to think “hotel dessert” for a few of them because they had a “premade” quality and I just wanted more love. They’re better than your average “hotel desserts” but I missed the fine details and none of them were really taken to their maximum potential or taking to the “fine dining” potential. On the other hand I do love their “dessert tapas” idea and it allows people to really have fun with their last course. Great concept, but desserts could have been more refined, although well presented.
Strawberries – 2/6
**Mango – 4.5/6
Espresso – 3/6
Espresso Pot de Creme, Lollipop, Creme Brulee with Pineapple Compote
Lollipop – 2/6
Crème Brûlée – 3.5/6
What did you think of this review?