Foodie-social events are becoming increasingly popular in Vancouver, and I recently attended Dishcrawl Yaletown- where foodies visited 4 places to get a taste of the kind of food our city offers. This social event crawled the area of Yaletown.
Our first stop was West Oak. At West Oak, we were served four different bites of the restaurant picks. We started with the Chinois Prawns, which was one of my favourite samplers. Their triple cooked fries that are hand cut were extremely golden and crispy. After, we were given a small bite of sable fish, which is one of my favourite type of fish to eat. After the bite-sized entrees, the dessert was fresh baked cookies. Unfortunately, I myself do not eat chocolate chip cookies ( a foodie crime, I know,) but my boyfriend who had my share savoured it, especially the white chocolate chip one.
The second stop of the night was Parlour. The first dish that arrived on our table was broccoli. Don’t let this simple plate of greens fool you, this was one of my favourites of the night because it had a spicy kick to it that made me reaching for more. The second dish at Parlour was the Meatball Sandwich. It was a bit sloppy to eat and there was too much sauce pouring out, but the meatball itself was decadent enough. By this time, I was already getting quite full! The last thing we were served was the Yaletown pizza, which contained slices of albacore tuna. This was definitely something unique for those who like a spin on their pizza.
Our third stop was at Urban Thai Bistro. Each attendee got a platter that contained one chicken satay, a shrimp ball wrapped with fried noodles, and a spring roll. The food at this location didn’t stand out to me that much, and I prefer eating similar type of food at a Vietnamese restaurant- and probably for a lesser price too.
Lastly, the place we went to for dessert was What’s Shaken, which is a milkshake bar. Unfortunately, I have never liked milk/milk shakes since the day I was born (I do love ice cream though) so I kept away from these little shots of milkshakes. We were offered three flavours of milkshakes- creamy caramel (with cinnamon bits lining the rim of the glass), cool as a cucumber, and kiwi strawberry. This wasn’t my ideal type of dessert, but the foodies enjoyed sipping on these.
These four restaurants concluded Dishcrawl! Although I didn’t enjoy all the food, I did gain knowledge of four new places that I never knew existed in my city. It was great to meet other people and bloggers in these events as well. I did feel that the first two locations met my expectations, but the last two places didn’t do too much for my appetite.
The cost of Dishcrawl is $60; though there usually is a 20% discount when a discount code is flying around before the event. More information can be found on their website.