When you’re both a poor University student and a foodie, the best event for those living in Vancouver, is Dine Out, which, let me emphasize again, is the greatest food event, ever.
It gives people, (AKA, us, students) the chance to try places that would normally put us in more debt (｡•́︿•̀｡), at reasonable prices.
And for it’s 15th year, Dine Out Vancouver is back!
Initially starting back in 2002, Dine Out Vancouver is known to be the largest annual dining experience in Canada. This event gives fellow Vancouverites the opportunity to feast on various unique dishes, along with trying the many different restaurants that participate in this event.
How Dine Out works is that each restaurant has a set and fixed menu, either priced at $20, $30 or $40. Of course, depending on how much you’re willing to spend and the quality of the place, you can be sure that the dishes you eat will reflect on how much the menu is.
As always, the Dine Out festival, runs for 17 days, and this year is no exception. If you’re curious, Dine Out Vancouver 2017 runs through January 20th to February 5th.
This year, the first Dine Out restaurant that I tried and experienced was Abode Restaurant.
Located downtown, at 1223 Robson St., Abode is among the heart of the shopping stores on Robson street. It’s not hard to miss the place, as the bright orange design is eye-catching.
Once inside, the atmosphere can be considered “cozy”. I really enjoyed how simple the decorations were and the design of the place. I did like how they had intricate patterns for the wall dividers.
Specializing in West Coast cuisine, Abode offered us the Dine Out menu that reflected their specialty.
The Dine Out menu from Abode was set at $30, and we were given options for our appetizers and entrees. However, we were not given the choice to select our dessert…~(｡☉︵ ಠ@)> Funnily, enough, despite not getting a decision for the dessert, it ended up being the best dish, but more on that later.
Appetizer – Medley of Seafood
From the website, “From B.C waters our own individual mini cod, salmon and crab cakes. With caper aioli and chipotle dipping sauce.”
I felt the appetizer was okay, nothing too special about it. They included a side of salad and as well as spicy mayo sauce under the cakes. I did like the fact, that they gave us a slice of both a lemon and lime.
Entree – Rosemary and Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank
From the website, “Served with buttermilk herb mash potatoes and honey glazed carrots.”
When I read that lamb was being offered, I knew that it was the entree that I wanted. Perhaps it was my excited expectation that I expected a lot from the dish, so once I ate it, I was disappointed ┐(;Ծ⌓Ծ;)┌
There was no pizzazz, meaning, nothing in particular stood out to me. All I could really taste was the barbecue sauce on my lamb shank, and not the lamb itself.
Besides the lamb, this entree came with a tower of potato slices, carrots and asparagus. To be honest, the potatoes were bland, the carrots were a bit sweet and well, the asparagus were alright.
Entree – Puff Pastry Wrapped Salmon
From the website, “B.C sockeye salmon, fresh spinach and shallots baked in our light and flaky pastry. Accompanied by a fresh herb salad tossed in our tangy house made Dijon citrus vinaigrette.”
I can’t really say anything about this entree too much, since my friend was the one who had it, although the piece I got to try, the salmon was light and fresh!
Dessert – Cake Bites and Raspberry Sorbet
From the website, “Slices of lemon white chocolate cheesecake and chocolate almond torte and with a side of raspberry sorbet.”
My favorite dish of the night was the dessert. The best part of the dessert was the raspberry sorbet, which tasted delicious, you could taste the hint of raspberry, yet at the same time, it wasn’t too sweet or bland ꒰˘̩̩̩⌣˘̩̩̩๑꒱♡
However, I would mention that the lemon cheesecake was a bit on the sour side and the chocolate cake may be too chocolaty for some individuals.
To be honest, I was pretty excited when I read the dine out menu of Abode before we reserved the place. However, once we got our dishes and ate them, I was very underwhelmed and disappointed ┐(￣ヘ￣)┌
I would rate the food to be mediocre at best, with the exception of the dessert being the highlight of the menu. Seriously, if you can, go for the sorbet, but other than that, you’re better off going somewhere else.
In fact, I would recommend shelling out the extra $10 and go to a restaurant with the $40 set menu. They have more selections and the quality of the food is a lot better, in comparison of food just being ‘meh’.
In short, if you’re thinking about of going to Abode for dine out, and want a recommendation, I would say….