Monday, April 07, 2008

Enjoy exotic tastes at COAST and Sanafir, April 9-20 in Vancouver

This year's Dine Out Vancouver is but a fleeting memory, but the restaurant scene in this city is always ramped up. Two of my favorite restos, COAST and Sanafir, are offering the exotic tastes of Japan and India April 9-20.

COAST, located in Yaletown, has Executive Chef Josh Wolfe at the helm. He's created dishes that mix both traditional fare such as sashimi, with more contemporary offerings such as a chocolate sushi dessert.

The menu includes starters, mains and desserts; guests have the option of two choices for each course. For even more fun, reserve the Chef's Community Table, which seats up to 14 people. There's also a heated outdoor patio for fans of al fresco dining.

Not far away on Granville Street is the exotic Sanafir Restaurant & Lounge. Its
Discover the Silk Route promotion also runs April 9-20, and is so much easier than that long flight to New Delhi.

Executive Chef Mark McEwan is trying to be as authentic as possible, with a menu that celebrates the sweet and spicy nature of Indian cuisine.

First course is Papaya and Potato Salad with Chopped Cilantro; main course selections are Pam Bhaji, Chicken Briyani and Lamb Korma; and dessert is Pistachio Kulfi.

Too bad I won't be in Vancouver 'til May.

Tulips in bloom at English Bay
Photo by Sue Frause