by Victoria on April 13, 2010

Cobre Restaurant

Last week for dinner, I met up with Teresa from Senses and Style and Melody from Gourmet Fury at Cobre in Gastown.  This was my first visit to the Latino tapas restaurant after hearing great things about it from quite of few of my friends.

We arrived around 6:30 and after some discussion on preferred drinks, we decided to start off with a pitcher of unsweetened fresh Mojitos, with sugar cane sticks in each of our glasses.  I don’t like my cocktails to be too sugary, so it was perfect to be able to order it this way, and just chew on the sugar cane for all of the sweetness I required.

Mojitos Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

The first dish we decided to try was the Ceviche para el dia, which was a mahi mahi that day, served with a tomato and manchego cheese salad. Overall, I don’t think that this dish worked that well together, as the manchego was too heavy and overpowering for the fish, and it was also not prepared like a traditional ceviche.  The mahi mahi was served to one side with some finely sliced jalapenos over top, whereas I was anticipating a bowl of chopped up food components in a single salad.  Apparently, their other ceviche dishes are served in the more conventional manner.

Mahi Mahi Ceviche Rating: 1.5Rating: 1.5Rating: 1.5Rating: 1.5Rating: 1.5

Around this point in the evening, we had finished off our mojitos and decided to move on to some wine, so we ordered a bottle of Malbec to go with the rest of our meal.  Our Local chantrelle mushroom, fundido azul y pepitas then arrived.  These were a delicious combination of fungi and potato with a gravy-like sauce over top on small soft taco rounds.  I’m pretty much obsessed with mushrooms and was quite happy that I selected this dish.

Mushroom Pepitas Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

I’ve been experimenting with cooking quinoa at home a bit lately, and was happy to try out the Ecuadorian quinoa y Brazil nut ensalada
naranja dressed baby organic greens.
The citrus provided a very refreshing flavour to the overall salad, while the nuts added a great texture to each bite. I thought that this dish was a healthy and tasty delight to eat.

Quinoa Salad Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Finally, our last small plate was the Oven roasted BC sablefish, with poblano chili salsa verde y serrano ham, and fry bread, which turned out to be my favourite of the night (although it was close).  The fish was cooked just right, and I loved the combination of flavours that were used in this dish – a warm, delicious ending to our meal.

Oven Roasted Sablefish Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

We decided to all share one of Cobre’s daily dessert items, and went with the Goat Cheese Panacotta, served with blackberries and raspberries and walnuts, drizzled with a berry compote and a single gooseberry to top it all off.  I loved the soft and smooth texture of this light dessert and we managed to finish it off without hesitation.

Goat Cheese Panacotta Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

After my initial dining experience at Cobre in Gastown, I would have to say I will definitely return to try out some more of their varied tapas.  I liked the atmosphere in the restaurant, and could easily return for more fresh cocktails and good eats on a casual night out with friends.

Cobre Restaurant
52 Powell St
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1E7
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Overall: Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4
Food: Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4
Service: Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4
Atmosphere: Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5
Price: $$$

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue, Vancouver, BC, Canada April 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Hmmm..I love tapas style eating…will have to try this!!

Teresa April 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It was soooo much fun dining with you and Melody. Hope it becomes a regular thing! I agree the sable fish dish was my favourite. And of course my sweet tooth enjoyed the panacotta

Mare April 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm

That all looks amazing, you ordered all my faves incuding unsweetened Moitos! That Panacotta looks outrageous!
I can’t wait to try it!

KimHo April 16, 2010 at 6:04 am

It was in my queue of restaurants to visit and, after this post, I think I will have to reconsider it. Nothing wrong with what you ordered or the pictures or the narrative… It is just that it seems the tapas concept has been overabused and all these dishes look anything but like a tapa dish. Major disappointment would be ceviche para el día (which I will say is oddly translated) – unless they were trying to be too fancy, if they can’t do ceviche the “classical” way, they deserve to be shot – specially when it is the special “for the day”.

Frank April 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This is actually one of my personal favourites.

To Kim’s point, I think in Vancouver we have to take the word tapas rather lightly now. I agree there are a lot of places that would like to think that they are serving tapas, but they are really not. To me tapas just means small plates of sharable food. Spanish people will probably be pretty angry when they see what some Vancouver restaurants call tapas. It’s a shame to the true form.

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