August 22nd, 2011. Foodie Weekend: Day 3
The most anticipated dinner of this fab weekend! Okay, technically, this is a Monday…but it still counts as part of the Foodie Weekend!
Hawksworth Restaurant is one of Vancouver’s newest jewels. Part of the newly renovated Rosewood Hotel Georgia, it’s downtown chic at it’s finest. I was soooooo tempted to as for a tour of the suites…! But yeah, back to the restaurant….small space, but gorgeous! It’s split up into 3 sections: bar, communal table and smaller tables. very efficient space. Lovely deco, great atmosphere. Everything just seemed to have this glitter about it 🙂
Special Situations Dan going all Double-Oh-Seven and getting the night started with this gorgeous looking Martini
My mocktail of the night is the Blueberry Lavender: pure blueberry juice, lemon, lavender and sparkling water. Subtle, light, fragrant…such a beautiful drink!
Agreeing to go out on a limb I agreed to ordering the sweetbreads as one of our starters. With a name like Maple Bacon Sweetbreads….how can I say no? With black truffle, kohlrabi and preserved lemons. Savory crispy, just enough mapley sweet, garbanzo beans and a beautiful foam…I was pleasantly delighted!
Appetizer #2: 48-Hour Beef Shortrib with black pepper jam, honeydew, green papaya salad, peanut & Thai basil. Super tender beef, peppery jam, and though I’m not a huge fan of honey dew or papaya…but, boy did they go well with the protien!
More appetizers? Why, yes please, keep ’em coming! Oyama Prosciutto & Apricot Panzanella with smoked buttermilk dots, fennel, mizuna and chili. Buttery prosciutto, the slight tang+bite+sweetness from the radish (?) shavings, sweet syrupy apricot drizzle, the slight bitterness from the greens and those beautiful creamy dots of smoked buttermilk….piled high on a thin wooden board..this was just gorgeous mosaic of flavors.
Finally, the piece de resistance! Fois Gras atop green apple gelee, candied walnuts, duck fat cotton candy and a basket of brioche. Instant foodgasm!! The fois gras was the smoothest most airy ‘gras I’ve ever had! The luxurious texture downplayed the richness so that it wasn’t too heavy. The apple gelee? Se refreshing. The candied walnuts provided the perfect texture contrast. But by far the best thing…the duck fat cotton candy! Who comes up with such an amazing invention?? Sweet like cotton candy, yet with a savory undertone and fatty silky texture. Absolute heaven!!
Following the mind-blowing duck fat cotton candy was our first main dish, Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast with confit leg, pea tendrils, deep fried enoki mushrooms, and a 5 spice broth. Super juicy duck breast, perfectly cooked pea tendrils, and how can you not love crispy enoki mushrooms? The 5 spice broth gave great flavor to the dish and really upped the ante. Delicious!
Our final entree was the Olive Oil Poached Spring Salmon which came with eggplant caviar, Indian cucumber and cilantro. The salmon was perfectly flake-off-your-fork tender, the curried cucumbers were brought a delightful flavor contrast and the translucent crispy fried wonton skins (?) were such fun to eat with our fingers as we enjoyed the various flavors of the meal.
Dessert time!! When we heard “fresh in-house made Macarons“…..there was no questions about it. We HAD to have them! This no-brainer paid off, because the were excellent! Beautifully airy nearly merangue-like cookies with a flavorful cool pop of flavor of jammy cream sandwiched in the middle. Beautiful!!
The other dessert on hand was this Yogurt Panna Cotta with a grapefruit sorbet a airy crispy meringue, gelee, and fresh fruit. Sweet, but not over powering, light, airy, different textures and a beautiful marriage of acid, sweet, silky, refreshing…one of the best desserts of my life and a fantastic finish to this meal!
I can honestly say, this is one of the best meals of my life! Service was great, the space is just beautifully done, the food is not only creative with unexpected elements, but also amazingly executed. I loved everything about this experience ♥