World on a Plate

Exploring culture. One plate at a time.

Month: September, 2006

West Restaurant – Vancouver


Amuse Bouche

First Course

Ravioli of Ricotta & Goats Cheese, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Main Course

Wild Spring Salmon Mouginoise with Dungeness Crab and Leeks Parsley Pomme Puree


Dark Chocolate Torte with Creme Caramel Ice Cream Rum Marinated Bananas and Sesame Florentine

Petit Fours

West has received accolades from Food & Wine ("one of the world’s hottest restaurants");  UK Sunday Independent ("ten of the best, worldwide") and a Mobile Four Star Award (look we don’t have Michelin ratings!).

The chef, David Hawksworth trained under Marco Pierre White.  The latter, if you’ve read Heat, had the young Mario Batali under his wing. He also apprenticed in the multi-leveled kitchens of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford.  He’s young, well-trained and he knows how to pull it all together without being overly fussy. 

If you find yourself in the Vancouver neighborhood of South Granville you would be wise to make an early reservation at Ouest (West) as it is one of the best values to be found in Vancouver.  Until 6pm the fixed price meal is just $45.  And nothing is scrimped–not the service, the quality–just one memorable dining experience.


International World of Food Blogs – #4

Needless to say these updates are always a bigger effort than planned.  This list hasn’t been updated in about six months.  Chalk it up to my big move over the bridge, a too busy at work schedule and several weddings. The other obstacle is my self-imposed rule that no update will have less than 12 food blogs.  I’ve yet to update the master page but will do that soon. 



Pomelo Pleasures (American living in Argentina)

In The Argentine Metropolis… 

La Otra Dimension Cocina


Field to Feast


Hooked on Heat (Maylay-Indian living in Toronto)


Bread, Water, Salt, Oil…


Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook


Aayis Recipes

Indian Food Rocks


Ice Cream in Ireland


Fior di Zucca (in Italian)

My Life Italian

Porcini Chronicles


Blue Lotus

Cooking with Chopsticks (American living in Kyoto)

New Zealand

Bron Marshall


El Buen Diente (in Spanish)

Peru Food


Dessert Comes First

Market Manila


Nami Nami


Lobster Squad


Real Thai


Zen in the Kitchen