September 17th, 2011. Judas Goat Taberna
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try Judas Goat Taberna, which is by the Heather Hospitality Group. It’s right next to it’s sibling restaurant, Salt Tasting Room in Blood Alley in Gastown, and it’s a similar concept: small plates (aka tapas) and wine.
Everyone I’ve taken to Salt has fallen in love with the whole charcuterie, shared plates thing, not to mention the amazing pairings…. so I was PUMPED at the idea of falling in love with a new tapas place
It’s a very, very small space. VERY small. And to top it all off, the “kitchen” shares the space. You can literally watch the “chefs” handeling the ingredients and as they pull them out of the containers and such and assembling your dish right before your very eyes.
Delicious Marinated Olives to get this party started~!!
We ordered the Hanna Brook Greens with Local Chevre. It was served with some local tomatoes…and let me tell you….I’m no fan of tomatoes…but these were FANTASTIC! Super sweet, so juicy, and so tantalizing! The greens were delicate and light giving just the right amount of subtle bitterness and leafy-ness to contrast the lovely tomatoes.
Fois Gras on Toast with Beets. Oh my~~~ Special Situations Dan and I have been doing a lot of fois gras, and each have been unique and delicious. This one was no exception. Creamy, not heavy and the perfect marriage of sweet beets and crunchy toast. Love!!
Pulpo with Egg Yolk & Smoked Paprika. Who doesn’t love beautifully delicate slices of octopus? They managed to cook it quite well. I’m a fan of anything bite-sized…so yeah, I loved seeing a quail egg on the plate! But we did wish there was more than just one…and the smoked paprika gave a really great, smoky flavor..but again, we wished there was more for the rest of the pulpo.
Now, I’m not a huge tongue person, but SSD suggested we try it and swore it would be good…so we ordered the Braised Beef Tongue with Salsa Verde. Oh, LORD! So tender, very delicious and melt-in-your-mouth. Plus, with the salsa verde…just lovely! I’m officially less afraid of tongue
We also had the Braised Lamb Collar with Radish, Mint and Celery Leaf. The radish, mint and celery leaves were the perfect accompaniment to the somewhat gamey lamb, which was braised really well. Not my favorite dish of the night, but still yummy
Last but not least, we had these Beef Brisket Meatballs with a Rustic Tomato Sauce. Nice sized meatballs covered in a deliciously fresh tomato sauce. I felt the meatballs could have been a bit juicier, but the sauce helped in that department. Nice and hearty without being too heavy. Yum!
So the verdict? Well constructed little small plates, fresh ingredients, great execution….finger lickin’ deliciousness! I definitely love this place!!