CandiedZen and I went on another one of our food adventures to Bin 942. They are a tapas parlour on Broadway and Granville.
The restaurant is very narrow and there is not a lot of room for a large amount of guests. We went around 7pm and it was PACKED! We were told we would have to wait approximately 1 hour till a seat would clear up. For just 2 people, we thought it was a bit excessive, but we were there already and paid for the parking, so we stayed. We eventually got seated at the bar.
We only waited in total for 30 mins since people did clear out a bit. It was a busy night so, there wasn’t a lot of room to move around; it felt really cramped. It was also pretty loud inside.
The menu is quite simple and they have a variety of different tapas to stimulate your palette.
We first ordered the Fresh Dungeness Crab Arancini with thai coconut curry sauce ($13). It was really really good! Very nice and crispy on the outside and very nice and savory on the inside. This dish reminded me of something liked fried risotto.
We then ordered the Pomme Frites ($7). This is a tower of skinny fries drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I like how this dish is so huge and fun to eat. You can either attempt to eat this with your hands or your fork. There is quite a bit of fries, so for 2 people, it might be a bit hard to finish if you have other dishes coming as well.
Next we had the Steamed Cortez Island Mussels($15). There are 3 flavours of broths to choose from, but we stuck with the classic french, which has tomatoes, herbs, garlic, white wine and butter. This dish came with 2 pieces of grilled foccacia.
The pieces of mussels were very pump and went well with the Classic French broth. Remember to dip the foccacia into the broth so the bread soaks up the yummy flavours.
We finished off with the Spinach Salad ($11). This salad has baby beets, avocados, mushrooms, sherry vinaigrette, spinach, and fried saganaki. CandiedZen really wanted to try this dish out because of the fried saganaki. She wanted to see how they would combine the ingredients together.
This salad was very good and the flavours mixed perfectly. The saganaki was a treat to bite into.
Overall, these are not cheap tapas. The flavours in their dishes are really good, but the ambiance of the restaurant was too busy for our liking. Best to come early or late but just not at the peak dinner hours.
Words of Wisdom:
- Very busy during peak hours
- If you don’t want to wait, go before 6pm
- No reserving tables
- Pomme Frites and mussels are a must
We Rate Bin 942:
1521 W Broadway