I like Vancouver. Really like Vancouver. But the weather is just shitty. The Canadians call this place Raincouver and for very obvious reasons. But it did not stop us from venturing outside our comfortable and warm hotel room. It was pouring the day that we met @twowheelgeek for the very first time. He flew from Calgary to meet us and to have a relaxing Easter long weekend in Vancouver.
Our first stop was Uva Wine bar in downtown Vancouver. It is a nice cocktail bar that is part of Moda Hotel and also house to Cibo which is really high end restaurant. This place serves some seriously delicious cocktails. The negroni were wonderous and definitely loosen up the night and conversations. We all had a couple of cocktails before we braved the cold and headed to Campagnolo for dinner. Mr. A loves his food and knows where to find them. This is where he eats when he gets back in town for a visit. One of his favourite haunts.
We ordered his favourite which is crispy ceci or rather fried chickpeas tossed with chillies, mint, baby spinach, rocket and a squeeze of lemon. Delicious and something I hope to replicate when I get back to Melbourne. This is definitely beer food and it’s so addictive. No wonder it is one of their most popular item on the menu.
Mister order the white wine calm linguini. The pasta was perfectly cooked. The dish was light, packed with clams and finished with fresh parsley in the sauce. This is a really well made simple and honest dish. It just shows that there is no need to pile with too many ingredients to make a good dish.
I ordered the pork ragu tagliatelle. The tagliatelle was freshly made and well cooked. Instead of using the usual beef ragu, pork is used here instead. The pork ragu was rich in flavour. The sauce and shredded pork meat coated around every piece of tagliatelle. Basil and pecorino romano cheese were generously topped to finish the dish. One of the better pastas that I have tasted for a very long time. Very memorable.
Few ingredients and just getting the basic techniques and flavours spot on. I would have never venture into this part of Vancouver without a local showing us the way. It seems to be a little out of the way and at the dodgy part of the town. The prices are really reasonable and well portioned. I guess if you are in Vancouver and do have a car or a local to show you around, this will be a nice place to hang out. Also head towards to the back room, it is quieter and better for catching up.
Do you remember the good old IRC days? Anyone?
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