Foodology

M8: West Coast and Asian Fusion in Vancouver

Diana Chan March 17, 2019 Downtown, Fusion

M8 is a West Coast and Asian fusion restaurant so you will see the flavours of East meets West reflected on their menu. They have been open for the last year right in Downtown Vancouver by the Burrard Street Bridge. They serve up lunch, brunch (weekends), happy hour and dinner. The restaurant sits right by the water across from Granville Island.

Interior

The space is full of marble, greenery, and natural elements like wood. There are tables for small to large groups and they do reservations too.

Menu

Shimeiji Tempura

This is served with a burnt lemon aioli, warm kale salad, and wakame. The presentation is cute like a forest of mushrooms. It has a light texture to it and it was tasty.

Beef Cheeks

The beef cheeks is served with a 5 year aged black vinegar and sprinkles of Sichuan peanuts. The beef was very tender and the taste of the black vinegar was a bit sweet and a bit sour just like this traditional Chinese dish with black sweet vinegar with pork trotters which is made when pregnant people deliver babies.

Lamb Belly

The lamb belly is smoked and served with mint and eggplant. The meat is tender even though it has a dry exterior. You can taste the use of Chinese spices used in this dish. Pretty good flavour combinations used.

Crispy Pork Belly

This is served with taro root and pork jus. Another one of our favourite dishes and it was good for the price.

Duck Breast

The duck breast has soybean, preserved vegetables, and an osmanthus sauce. The presentation was nice and the duck really shined in this dish. It was a good quality cut of duck.

Sablefish

The sablefish is oven roasted and marinated. It is served with a shiitake mushroom broth and cannellini beans. It was a touch on the salty side.

Tagiatelle Bolognese

This dish is made with a beef and pork ragu, shiitake mushroom with a trio soy sauce. It may not look that special but the taste was very unique with a bit of an Asian twist which was quite nice.

Complimentary Lavender Cookies

At the end of the meal we were served some lavender cookies even though we didn’t order dessert. A nice touch to the end of the meal.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the dishes were a pretty good fusion of West Coast and Asian influences like the uses of spices and flavourings. A few dishes did use the Szechuan peppercorn to add a little kick to the dishes, but it was subtle and not too overpowering. The favourite dishes of the night were – shimeji tempura, crispy pork belly and then tagliatelle bolognese and sablefish. If you’re looking for something a little bit different in the Downtown area, check out M8.

Address:
1010 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC

Website:
https://m8yvr.com

About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

1 Comment

  1. Connie Leung March 24, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Was the lavender cookie served w PB? 😅 And I had no idea this place exists!! Thank you for sharing 😃

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