A Tapastree of Flavours in the West End

by Victoria on November 26, 2009

It was Wednesday night, and what better way is there to get over the mid-week hump than by trying a new restaurant?

After aiming to go to a newer place in town and not being able to get in so last minute, we decided on trying out Tapastree, which I’ve heard from many friends before is a must-try. They’ve been around for about 12 years now. Unfortunately they’ve exceeded their web traffic limit for the month at the moment, but hopefully you’ll be able to check out their website in early December. 😉

Anyway, there were 6 of us that decided to venture out last night and do some catching up and celebrate a couple of recent engagements.  I had no idea we were in for such a treat, and we had a really great time – so great in fact that we’re thinking of going somewhere new every Wednesday moving forward.

Since there were so many of us, and this is a tapas restaurant, we were lucky to be able to try a substantial amount of items and shared everything that we ordered. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tomato, Bocconcini & Avocado with Fresh Basil – This was fairly tasty, but wasn’t anything special compared to similar salads I’ve had at other places. 

 Sauteed Wild Mushrooms on toast with goat cheese – The mushrooms were delicious, and there was just the right amount of goat cheese in this dish so it wasn’t overwhelming.

 Bruschetta, tomatoes, olives, basil & garlic – The bruschetta was delicious – I could’ve eaten every piece.  The garlic wasn’t overpowering, but complemented the rest of the dish perfectly.

Beet salad with brie cheese (someone grabbed a bite before I managed to get in there with my camera). I love beets – this one included red and yellow beets in it, and the cheese on top was great!

Ahi Tuna seared with ponzu & hot Chinese mustard – my other favourite of the night.  The tuna was so fresh and soft and again, melt in your mouth deliciousness. I loved the way it tasted dipped in the mustard – very complementary flavours.

Chicken Livers, pan-fried with lemon, tomatoes, brandy & black pepper – I  think I scared off most of the people at the table with this one, but I wanted to try it as soon as I saw it on the menu.  The texture of chicken liver is great – so soft and flavourful.  This would’ve been great if there was some extra bread to dip in the sauce, but we were getting a bit too full by then to add anymore carbs to the meal.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with spicy aioli – This chicken tasted great.  It was like eating small pieces of popcorn like chicken that you could dip into the aioli sauce and eat by hand. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sauce though – it wasn’t really all that spicy or flavourful to me (but then again, everything else was sooo flavourful that my palette may have been a bit underwhelmed).

Flat Iron Steak with Peppercorn Sauce – the meat was nice and tender and wasn’t overcooked. I also enjoyed the sauce, but not sure this would be one of my top picks when I go back. 

Sablefish marinated with a miso vinaigrette – tasted like butter. I love the way that sablefish just melts in your mouth, but my favourite way that it’s served is when it’s marinated in miso. There’s just something about that combination that couldn’t get any better. This was my favourite dish of the night – I had to order another one to fully satisfy myself.

Lamb Chops in a gorgonzola demi-glace – these were cooked just right, and the sauce was tasty too.

Macaroni & Cheese – I’m not a huge fan of this dish at the best of times, but I do have to admit that this version was really tasty. It had a great cheesy flavour and was nice and creamy.  This was on one of their daily specials, so note that it won’t be on their regular menu.

Chocolate Fondant – I’m not a huge fan of chocolate in desserts after dinner because they’re usually so rich and I’m pretty full at that point. I enjoy it more just as a separate snack during any other part of the day.  The fondant, however, was so creamy and delicious, especially when eaten with the whipping cream and a slice of strawberry.

Creme Brulee – The creme brulee was diviiine. Everyone loved this one – you could taste the vanilla and it was such a perfect end to the meal.  We all kept fighting over  the last spoonfuls and I’m almost surprised that no one actually picked it up and licked the bowl.

Beyond the food, the service was also great.  The servers were very friendly, were there whenever you needed anything, and were very attentive, but not intrusive. 

Overall, Tapastree is a great casual dining restaurant, with a terrific atmosphere for a date or a smaller group of friends to dine and have share plates.

Tapastree Restaurant
1829 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1E4, Canada

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl Gifford November 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

I love Tapastree! It’s a great date place too 🙂

Mike November 27, 2009 at 11:46 am

I thought the food was all pretty amazing… it’s hard to say if the service is always that good because they figured out pretty quickly we were reviewing the restaurant with the camera flashing non stop hahah. Well written, nicely reviewed, i’m getting hungry now just looking at these pictures!

Andi December 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Victoria I love your new blog (and the new name!) … this place looks great, definitely gonna have to check it out!

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