Adesso Bistro

I should have post this two months ago. I visited Adesso Bistro on Valentine’s day for their $45 set dinner. I made the reservation about 3 months ago to avoid any type of disappointment. We arrived right on time for our reservation and right away we got seated.

This is how the menu works, for $45 per person we can choose an appetizer, a pasta, an entree and a dessert platter to share between the two. (It is quite a bit of food, I couldn’t finish the pasta and the entree.)

For my appetizer, I selected the beet salad. There are two types of beets in this salad and I especially liked the orange one. So sweet. ­čÖé These are served with goat cheese. Yumyum! ­čśÇ

My Valentine selected the house cured meat – some what similar to salami. Salty but very good meat with olive oil and olives. Worked really well with the salad.

Pasta is asparagus risotto with fresh slices of parmesan cheese, this is a decent risotto. And below is the dungeness crab pasta. The pasta was really good! I really liked it, with a good light sauce to show off the freshness of the crab. This is a must re order next time. ­čÖé

For entree, beef tenderloin and sablefish. The tenderloin was cooked perfectly with a nice sauce and the creamy potatoe at the bottom. Sablefish was so smooth and had a great lemon sauce to go with! I enjoyed both of these entrees. ­čÖé

Last but not least the dessert platter with chocolate mousse covered by dark chocolate and chocolate truffle. The mousse was so rich! (The outside chocolate coating was so hard, it took some effort to break. :P) But it wasn’t overly sweet, though it is filling but I just couldn’t help but nibble away. Truffle cake was good to balance out the richness, light sponge chocolate cakes layered with cream. And the hazelnut gelato was also very delicious.

This is a small restaurant tucked away in the Stanley Park residential neighbourhood. You probably wouldn’t expect a restaurant there. I would love to go back to this restaurant. ­čÖé

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Nook

Nook is at the end of Robson on Denman (towards Stanley Park). I saw this place a couple of times during the summer when I went biking at┬áStanley┬áPark. So finally one evening before a trade show, I popped in for a quick dinner. It was quite early (5:30pm) therefore there isn’t much customers (yay, no waiting in line!) The first thing I notice about Nook is that everything is so red. The lights are red and dim with lots of red furnitures, but very modern decor. Since we were going for dessert after the show, so we decided to share a pizza and a pasta together.

For pizza, we got the Margherita Pizza. It is a very simple pizza, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. The crust was thin but very crisp but wasn’t too dry. Maybe it’s the cheese or the tomatoes, I am not sure what it is but I quite liked this pizza. (I am normally not that into pizza)

As for pasta we got the a daily special spaghetti (which I forgot the name of it), but it has tomatoes, lots of parmesan, bits of fresh parsley and chicken. This is a clear sauce pasta (which I usually enjoy over any cream or tomato sauces). I liked it, just like the pizza the ingredients are really fresh. However this dish is a little salty, not too crazy but on the little salty side.

Overall this is a great little Italian┬árestaurant┬átucked away on Denman, at times when I pass by I do see lines (on weekends). I would love to go back and try some other things. ­čÖé
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