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L'abbatoir Vancouver

Been there a half dozen times now and the only time I've been let down was during a Dine Out event. Totally agree on the 'why waste money on boring CFD meals' mentality and I prefer the more contemporary design of the interior so no quibbles there from me.

My all time favourite dish was a crab salad dish they had this past summer. I've also quite enjoyed the scallop dish and the trout dish. Note that they tweak the dishes over time such that the main protein stays the same but the accompaniments change. The bread basket is addictive too.

It feels like the prices have been going up. Still one of my faves though.

Dec 09, 2013
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Breville customer service review

I had the bottom element of my SmartOven (650) die at the 15 month mark. Same thing, they offered to replace it with a refurb. I was happy. They even accepted my redacted credit card statement as proof of purchase.

Sep 17, 2013
mrbitterpants in Cookware

Best Burger in Vancouver - what's your vote?

I asked for 'rare' they said they could do medium, it was a little pink.

I find myself conflicted about their patty. Its got good flavour, nice crust, juicy, yet despite that, its a toothsome chew. Its weird. Maybe its the coarser grind as flowbee mentioned.

I liked the rest of it though. Bacon extra crisp like I prefer. Big thick slice of cheddar. Good brioche bun. Onion rings had a bit of herb mix in the batter.

I'll give them another shot.

Sep 17, 2013
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Anyone been to Alder yet?

Thanks for the review. I managed to read it just before leaving for the airport. I ended up getting different dishes than you so here are my thoughts:

Pub Cheese
The cheese itself was quite good, so smooth. The pistachio crisp was good when you got a crispy bit but not so much when you got a chewy bit. The "potato chip" had nice flavour but I found it too hard.

Caesar Nigiri
My first piece I quite enjoyed the richness of the sauce with the fish (not sure what fish, perhaps smoked mackerel?) which had a nice level of smoke to it. My GF said she really liked the lemon which wasn't in mine at all. Then I had my second piece and it was there and added another dimension to the dish. I guess they missed finishing the piece I started with.

Fried Cauliflower
Probably our favourite dish of the night. Cauliflower tasted delicious as well as the lemon almond purée. The cocoa nibs made for an interesting flavour combo but probably unnecessary. The lardo was probably unnecessary as well.

Sea Bass
Second favourite dish of the night. Fish was perfectly cooked. The jasmine rice was actually little deep fried rice nuggets with a wonderful flavour to them. The nori salsa verde was fine, definitely briny. However our piece of fish had a bone in it. I wasn't too fussed about it but I was surprised that the staff didn't seem to care about it either when I told them.

Pork Rib
This was my least favourite dish of the night. The pork was cubed and nicely smoked but I'm used to pork having a texture where I can make out the individual muscle fibres. This had more of a processed ham type texture; a bit spongy which I found completely unappetizing. The hash was brunois-sized and the textures all blended together and I couldn't detect the saffron flavour, only the apple. It was kind of like baby food spiked with Spam.

Root Beer Pudding
Loved this. The pudding had a great root beer flavour and it felt like it still had carbonation in it. The crushed smoked cashews added a nice textural contrast and tasted great too.

Misc. Notes
- Portion size felt comparable to the dishes on WD-50's tasting menu perhaps a touch larger. We weren't super hungry so the 5 dishes and dessert was more than enough for two of us.
- Got there at 9pm on a Sunday and the restaurant was half empty.
- The room is loud.

Apr 16, 2013
mrbitterpants in Manhattan

Anyone been to Alder yet?

I know its early but anybody have any dish recommendations for Wylie Dufresne's Alder in the East Village? What's the wait like?

Making a cross-continent trip to NYC next weekend and want to stop by and try it out. Absolutely loved WD-50 last time I was in town.

Apr 07, 2013
mrbitterpants in Manhattan

Slider buns - where ?

They're nothing special but you can get white ones at the Save-On Foods on Cambie. Come in a pack of 12.

Feb 24, 2013
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Trying to justify the purchase of mauviels frying pans.. What to use it for?

Haha. One's the manufacturer, the other is the retailer.

I took a photo for extra head exploding effect. Look far left and far right.

Jan 09, 2013
mrbitterpants in Cookware

Trying to justify the purchase of mauviels frying pans.. What to use it for?

"Oh, and ask them who makes the pans marked "Dehillerin"--it might settle a matter."

I've picked up several pieces from Dehillerin over the past 5 years. The 'inox extra fort' (SS lined) and 'etame extra fort' (tin lined) sauciers and fry pans i have are all stamped "Mauviel Made in France" on one side of the handle and "E. Dehillerin Paris" on the opposite side.

As to the original question of what the pan is good for? Anything where sticking isn't an issue and especially when you want a good fond.

Jan 08, 2013
mrbitterpants in Cookware

Modernist Cuisine at Home

I was referring more to the temp of the bath fluctuating over time on the stovetop. Based on your reply, I'm inferring that as long as the food reaches the correct bath temp (and the bath temp wasn't wildly fluctuating) then we're good to go?

Camping cooler is a fun suggestion though!

Oct 19, 2012
mrbitterpants in Home Cooking

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Hi Scott,

To your point about sous-vide being more forgiving, when using the stovetop method, what is the tolerance level? Say if i only check the temp every 15 minutes and adjust +/- 10 deg will it still be OK? Would like to try it out before investing in a sous-vide machine.

Got the book as a gift and love reading it so far but haven't had the time yet to actually cook something.

Oct 19, 2012
mrbitterpants in Home Cooking

Kerry Gold butter? Best Cdn brand butter avail in BC?

I guess here is where I admit the desperate lengths I will go to get good French butter. Happened to be in Zabars in Manhattan and stumbled across some French butter. Spent the next hour wandering the neighbourhood searching for a insulated lunch bag or similar cooler. Finally found a kid's one at Toys R Us. Went back, bought 6 blocks of butter and giant ziploc bags.When we checked out of the hotel, asked for ice, jury rigged icepacks with ice cubes and ziplocs, stuffed them and the butter in the insulated bag and quadruple sealed it in even bigger ziplocs and stashed it in my carry-on luggage. It was worth it.

More on topic, Les Amis on W 2nd has a locally made butter whose name I can't remember. Around $8 or $9. Good but not great.

Oct 12, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy de Buyer Mineral "B" Cookware in & around Vancouver?

afaik, they're still made in France. pick one up and you'll see its well made. new ones seem very similar to the old one's i used in France.

Sep 19, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy de Buyer Mineral "B" Cookware in & around Vancouver?

old school French brand. solidly built carbon steel pans. when seasoned they are non-stick like cast-iron without being quite so heavy (although still hefty). they should work on any range that a stainless steel pan would. for me, they're a replacement for sketchy teflon and "green" non-stick coatings.

big thread here (among others):
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/741895

Sep 19, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy de Buyer Mineral "B" Cookware in & around Vancouver?

I shipped to Blaine so may not work for you but I got it here:
http://www.kitchen-universe.com/de-Bu...
with a 5% coupon code KIT5
Not the most confidence inspiring site but it shipped out the next day and was packaged well.

Sep 18, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy de Buyer Mineral "B" Cookware in & around Vancouver?

I just purchased one online last week. I haven't gotten around to seasoning it yet so I can take close up pictures of anything you want to see if you need.

Sep 18, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO Japanese Curry Bread / Kare Pan in Vancouver

Thanks. I'll try to find them next time I'm in Richmond.

May 22, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cookware which You Initially Disliked and now Love, or Vice Versa.

Hate -> Love is my cast iron pan. Bought one of those so called pre-seasoned ones and first time out let's just say i had to fall back to take-out. Couple of bacon fry-ups later and its great now. No problem searing fish.

May 22, 2012
mrbitterpants in Cookware

Who has the best cha gio (Vietnamese fried spring rolls) ?

I'm going to throw my vote in for Thai Son on Broadway.

May 22, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO Japanese Curry Bread / Kare Pan in Vancouver

Has anybody come across these little bundles of delicious weight gain in Vancouver? Japanese curry tucked inside a doughnut like pastry and lightly panko crusted and deep fried? Desperately craving some right now.

May 22, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for a one day cooking lesson in Normandy or Paris

The phrase basically says "In order for us to better manage the course/event, we want to let you know that if you don't confirm your reservation 3 days before the date, you will be put on the waiting list."

May 15, 2012
mrbitterpants in France

Need explanation of different Bamix models

Thanks for the feedback. Just dealing with a food processor right now that could wake the dead so its made me extra cautious.

May 06, 2012
mrbitterpants in Cookware

Need explanation of different Bamix models

Can any Bamix owners comment on the noise levels of their blender? Especially when used in conjunction with any of the attachments? Considering purchasing but I hate loud appliances.

May 06, 2012
mrbitterpants in Cookware

Valrhona chocolate in Vancouver?

Gourmet Warehouse has a small selection of bulk Valrhona. Lots of Callebaut.

Apr 26, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Green Tea Kit Kat / Pocky

There's also a candy store on the top floor by the food court of Aberdeen Mall in richmond that has the kitkat. strawberry flavour too. i've also had the (mis)fortune? of trying the soy sauce flavour kitkat. strange.

Apr 26, 2012
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Craft Beer in Tokyo?

Can't wait to head over. Any suggestions on particular beers to try? Of the few good Japanese beers I can get in Canada, I'm quite partial to Hitachino's creations. Prefer IPAs in general.

Mar 10, 2012
mrbitterpants in Japan

Craft Beer in Tokyo?

Awesome! Thanks! Follow up question, are places like these typically non-smoking?

Mar 09, 2012
mrbitterpants in Japan

Craft Beer in Tokyo?

Any suggestions on where to find good craft beer in Tokyo? Good food to go with it is a plus but I'd settle for average food and outstanding beer. I've heard of La Cachette in Shinjuku and Craft Beer Market in Nishishinbachi. Are they any good?

Thanks!

Mar 09, 2012
mrbitterpants in Japan

Easy evening dining opinions in le Marais

If you're after pizza and you have teenagers, you may enjoy Pink Flamingo on Rue Vielle du Temple at Rue de Perche. They have a converted VW van with a table inside that they park outside that you can eat in. Only about 5 tables inside the restaurant, very casual. Decent pizzas, they've got a website if you want to check the menu.

Dec 12, 2011
mrbitterpants in France

Paris Brest in Paris

Try Carl Marletti in the 5th, especially since you're in the Rue Monge area anyway.

Dec 04, 2011
mrbitterpants in France

Where is everyone getting their organic meat?

The Butcher on W10th by UBC has a decent selection as does Big Lou's on Powell St. Good prices (in relative terms).

Nov 30, 2011
mrbitterpants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)