Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back! It is a festival whose idea is “a fixed-price menu deal to get Vancouverites out and into restaurants during a normally slow time of the year”.(About Dine Out, n.d). It’s been going on for the past 16 years since 2002.
With the price range from $20 to $40, you can get a full meal – from appetizer to dessert in restaurants are listed on the website.
On January 25, our group includes 3 members: Shannon, Lisa and Leah joined in this interesting event by going to Earls Kitchen + Bar – Yaletown and had dinner there. We chose this restaurant because we were attracted by the image of its location on dinoutvancouver.com and also by its slogan: “ Eat a little. Eat a lot” (Earls Contact + Location, n.d), Besides, we were curious about what makes this restaurant is rated “Happy Cracking”. (Diana Chan, Earls Kitchen + Bar: Let’s get cracking, 9/30/2013)
There are a lot of tables but during dinner time, it can get very busy. Space is good for both small and large groups but it would be better to make a reservation if you can. Having a reservation at 5pm, we had a table for three right away when we arrived.
The space is also suitable for people who don’t want to eat because this restaurant has a bar to serve wine, cocktail or beers. They can chat together while enjoying the beverage.
Under the yellow cozy light and some of the romantic melody, this is a perfect combination to create an intimate space for people who can share their story and relax.
The restaurant looks so modern and clean. There is no dirt on tables, chairs or in the corners. There is no fingerprint in glass window as well.
When we came to the restaurant, the staff greeted them warmly. All the staff in Earls was very friendly, welcoming and quite professional; our food also was served promptly. After paying bill, we told the server about this assignment and the reason for choosing Earls; she was attentive in what we talked and she also asked to help us to take more photos about restaurant.
Integration of modern food and beverage trends
As the food and beverage trend in 2017, people want to consume healthier food. Vegetables will continue its rise on the dinner plate, as animal proteins or calories would be decreased and make space for green food options. “Pinterest reports a 33.6 percent rises in the search for veggies in comfort foods”.(Food Trends 2017: I’m Excited, Ayala Laufer-Cahana, 12/22/2017) This means that many more customers are likely to order mashed cauliflower instead of rice or pasta.
Instagram is not only an app for posting photos to share with people but it’s also an app heavily influenced to the hospitality industry, especially food. Therefore, food presentation is so important in each restaurant.
In the Earls’ dine out Vancouver menu, there are just a few vegetarian food. If there are many types of food can be a great indicator of overall sustainability. With some meat-free option, it can be a good choice for vegetarians. Besides, it also brings a lot of useful thing for sustainability problem as well. Vegetables are cheaper than meat, veggies would take less time to prepare and cook. Generally, it can reduce the operating cost and labor cost as well.
First Course:Caesar Salad, Field Greens Salad & Earls Famous Clam Chowder
We had an excellent start with three different appetizers. The soup is called Earls Famous Clam Chowder, which its bold flavor is fromfull cream, chopped tomatoes, parsley and smoky bacon with New England style.
The one with croutons is Caesar Salad. It is served with crisp romaine, parmesan with a creamy Caesar dressing.
The last one is Field Greens Salad, which hasgrape tomatoes, cucumber, feta, toasted pumpkin seed and champagne shallot vinaigrette.
Second Course: 6oz Black Angus Sirloin & Prawn + Scallop Linguine
The 6oz Black Angus Sirloin comes with buttery garlic mashed potatoes and marinated, grilled asparagus. It is known as “the king of grill” (Rastelli Market Fresh 6oz. Black Angus Sirloin Steaks, n.d) by the rich, succulent flavor from this perfect medium steak. It is served with creamy and smooth mashed potatoes, which push the flavor of the whole dish up to a new level.
This has linguine, sauté scallop, shrimps with basil, Grana Padano parmesan, chili flakes and be completed with tasty crushed San Marzano tomato sauce.
Third Course: Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding & NYC Cheesecake
Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding is known as the signature dessert in Earls and truly, it is not disappointed us. The key element is a warm, soft chocolate pudding filled with dark chocolate and toffee sauces. Light vanilla ice cream with mint on side help controlling the sweetness comes from the pudding. This dessert is presented on dish with candy snap to make it more shiny and elegant.
About the other, it is a classic NYC-style creamy cheesecake with graham cracker crust base, vanilla ice cream and strawberry compote. It can be simple but the taste can blow your mind.
Drinks: Mojito & Frozen Pink Lemonade
As its name, Frozen Pink Lemonade has a great pink color comes from citrus, together with Smirnoff vodka, lavender and fresh lemon on top. We called it as “A gulp of heaven” because its taste is really light and fruity.
Mojito has lime, raspberry, J.Wray white rum and mint. It has a stronger flavor than the Pink Lemonade but it went well with what we ordered for the meal.
Generally, it was an outstanding dinner for us. Especially, we got all of those for just $30 each thanks to Dine Out Vancouver Festival. It was a great experience in Earls for the first time. Everything from the atmosphere, service to food and drink is excellent. It’s definitely a place worth to come!
About Dine Out (Online, n.d).Accessed: February 4th 2018. Available from https://www.dineoutvancouver.com/about/dine-out/
Earls Contact + Location (Online, n.d).Accessed: February 4th 2018. Available from
Earls Kitchen + Bar: Let’s get cracking, written by Diana Chan, 9/30/2013 (Online). Accessed: February 4th 2018. Available from http://foodology.ca/earls-kitchen/
Food Trends 2017: I’m Excited!, written by Ayala Laufer-Cahana (Online). Accessed: February 4th 2018. Available from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ayala-laufercahana-md/food-trends-2017-im-excit_b_13765606.html
Rastelli Market Fresh 6oz. Black Angus Sirloin Steaks (Online,n.d). Accessed February 4th 2014. Available from http://www.qvc.com/Rastelli-Market-Fresh-%288%29-6-oz-Black-Angus-Sirloin-Steaks.product.M53890.html