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Latitude Restaurant – Vancouver

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments

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Sunday night, late – Just been in Halifax all weekend and needed some food with flavour to give my screaming tastebuds some satisfaction.

This place is new, just opened. It’s 9:15 – we call, they say they usually close around 10 but would be happy to seat us if we show up. We’re there by 9:30 – and the place is pretty empty except for a few wine-drinkers at the bar. We sit by the large, airy open window (love it) and review the menus.

There are a few interesting wines on the menu, and certainly everything on the food menu at least looks interesting. We order a glass of the Jan Kris Estate 2003 Shiraz ($8) and a Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Gewurztraminer ($6) – both recommended by the waitress who obviously knows something about wine, and these are both great choices and reasonably priced given the going rates and the quality of these wines.

For food, we order a few tapas plates – things that sound so full of flavour I’ll be back to normalcy – food with fresh herbs, oils, char, vegetables that don’t have the word ‘root’ ever used in front of them – we start with the Avocado and mango salad on baby arugula, spiced pepitas and sweet onion, toasted cumin vinaigrette, and fried panella cheese ($9) – a nice, light starter that is perfect to share. A few leaves, in a light vinaigrette with nibbles of interesting grilled cheese to cut up and share between the two of us.

Next come the Chickpea fries, served with smoked paprika mayo ($7). D loves these – I just eat too many and get ‘oil belly’ – that slightly sick feeling after eating too much of something too oily – but damn they were tasty. I have no idea how they make these, but I take it that it involves chickpeas and oil to turn something usually not that palatable into a delicious, oily, decadent treat. Trust me – if you’re going to order these, just have one or two – this is one dish for sharing. Finally, the Qualicum Beach scallops on masa pancakes, with fresh cut guacamole and chive oil ($11) come out and they’re as good as can be expected. The little pancakes and guacamole make a nice accompaniment to the rather flavourless scallops. This is not a problem with Latitude’s chefs or kitchen, but rather the scallops themselves. I had just flown in from Halifax, and sorry folks, but west-coast scallops just don’t compare to those on the east coast. I had my fill of these little mollusks on the East Coast the day before and so it just wasn’t a competition. So, given the limitations of the local seafood, yes, this was a really tasty dish, that worked, was light, perfect to share with someone, and went nicely with the Gewurztraminer.

Service was very friendly, pleasant, efficient, and we were in and out of there – complete with tapas and wine in about an hour. Total bill was about $50 including tax and tip, and yes I’d go again – definitely with friends to enjoy some of the fun, light food and maybe a few more glasses of wine.

Latitude Restaurant
3250 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 875-6246
www.latitudeonmain.com


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Tags: cocktails · Vancouver · wine

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