Dine Out #2: Brix & Motar

The last past 17 days of Dine Out Vancouver have gone too soon…meaning that this year’s Dine Out event is sadly, over… ໒( •́ ∧ •̀ )७ Although, I must say, my wallet and bank account took a beating, with all the eating out, so I guess it’s a good thing, it’s done.

The next place I ventured out to try was Brix & Motar. For someone, who likes to call herself a “foodie“, I actually never heard of this place.  We only discovered this place when we looked at the option for the $40 set menu.

(While it’s too late to participate in Dine Out for 2017, I still encourage you guys to look at the different restaurants and menus  Dine Out Restaurants)

Yaletown’s Dining House.

Brix & Motar, is in the Yaletown neighborhood, in fact, it’s located precisely at 1138 Homer Street, which can be easily accessible by the Canada Line skytrain, quite obviously, at the Yaletown station.

The outside sign.

When we first got to the place, we were actually quite confused in how to enter. There was a traditional front door and then there was an entrance to the courtyard.  It wasn’t until we saw a sign that stated we had to enter the courtyard first, did we realize the entrance into the restaurant was connected to the yard.

I like the fact that Brix & Motar had two separate seating places, their iconic glass covered courtyard patio seating and their so-called “Hamilton Street Room” which is their indoor seating.

The iconic courtyard patio seating.
The “Hamilton Room”.

As previously mentioned, Brix & Motar had a set menu at $40, however, I was pleasantly surprised, that they also offered a different dine out menu at $48, which offered more selections and different dishes.

Since we selected the $40 menu, I will focus on the dishes that came from that menu, itself. Again, like Abode (if you haven’t seen my review about Abode yet, please click here!) Brix & Motar also focuses and specializes on West Coast cuisine. 

Two different dine out menu options.

        🍴Food Snaps🍴

It’s out of focus, but let’s pretend it’s not  😀

Appetizer – Kale & Romane Caesar Salad

From the website, “Comes with Parmesan crisp and anchovy vinaigrette.”  I love caesar salads, they’re my favorite type of salads. I really enjoyed my appetizer, everything was crisp and fresh. The added crisps of Parmesan cheese, blended with the dish well and I loved how crunchy the kale was.

★★★★☆

Appetizer – San Marzano Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper

From the website, “Comes with creme fraiche, extra virgin olive oil and micro herbs.” I didn’t select this appetizer, but I did get a taste of it. The texture was nice and creamy, you can really taste the pepper and tomato, it “pops” right in your mouth once you a spoonful.

If you’re not a big fan of spicy food, then I wouldn’t recommend getting this dish. I, unfortunately learned this the hard way, as the spiciness had lingered for a while. With that,  I would rate this dishes spiciness 🔥🔥🔥 out of 5.

Entree – Grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon

From the website, “Comes with warmed potato salad, garlic aioli, Dungeness crab, scallions and corn.” The grilled skin of the salmon was good, and this is coming from a person who does not like the skin of fish. Overall, the salmon was cooked nicely, it was soft and buttery in a way.

Below the salmon piece was a mixture of Dungeness crab meat, corns, scallions and garlic aioli, which created a nice side dish. It wasn’t too heavy, which I appreciated. I will say that the corn brought a nice touch of sweetness that blended everything together well.

★★★★☆

Entree – Roasted Brome Lake Duck Breast

From the website, “Comes with smashed candied yams, brussel sprouts and bacon, maple & orange.” I did not eat this appetizer, so I cannot really judge it. I did, however, have a piece of the duck breast, and coming from a person who absolutely detests the taste of duck, I would say this duck breast was good (ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

 

Dessert – Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

From the website, “Comes with fresh fruit compote.”

First of, I didn’t know what a panna cotta was, so you better believe I searched it up on Google. And thanks to Google, I learned that a panna cotta is an Italian dessert that is sweetened cream thickened with gelatin. 

The panna cotta that we got was delicious. It was sweet and I really liked the thickness consistency of the gelatin substance. With the dessert, we received raspberries and cookie crumbs, which was a nice touch.

★★★★☆

Recommendation?

In short, I will say YES, because everything tasted great. You get more than you paid for and the atmosphere of Brix & Motar is very elegant. Should Brix & Motar come back for another Dine out event, I would not hesitate to come back, and might even try the more expensive menu next time!  

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