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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.