March 8th, 2012. The Diamond
A cool, but mild spring evening. Robert and I jaunted down to Gastown to unwind and just revel in the atmosphere.
We had a bit of trouble finding The Diamond initially, but after a bit of wandering and plenty of backtracking I finally spotted the sign! Turns out it’s on the upper floor of once of the buildings across the square from Blood Alley.
We got to sit right by a window and we were both so happy with the view that we had to take some photos!
I decided to have a glass of the Domaine de Censy, a 2009 French Muscadet. Robert ordered a cocktail, but I just can’t remember what it was….!
We shared the Fresh Hummus to start. Sprinkled with fresh parsley, smoked paprika powder and a drizzle of olive oil and a dollop of cream and served with grilled bread it was packed with flavor and was quite nice.
Mains!! I had the Duck Rillette, which came with crostini, fruit preserves and pickled mustard seed. The rillette was super rich! smooth, meaty and gamey duck flavor and actually quite perfect with either the sweet preserves and the tart mustard. Delicious!
Robert had the Damn Good Grilled Cheese which had smoked cheddar, gouda, and an apple slaw. Awesome bread as a vehicle is always great. The ooey, gooey cheese was just the right amount of richness and the apple slaw was a nice touch. Gourmet grilled cheese 😉
A delicious evening and a relaxing way to unwind from a day of work. Loved the intimate setting, the cozy space and the great view. My only complaint is that it’s so dark inside!