It’s Spring time and slowly going into the Summer season. With the amazing weather we are having in Vancouver, I needed a chance to catch up with Wongers and enjoy the new menu from Mosaic.
Their menu constantly changes and I don’t think I’ve never seen a restaurant so dedicated to fresh produce than these guys. You can probably come back in a few months and the menu will be revamped again. With the amazing Chef Jo Ong, she really makes this happen to create their signature items on the menu that are in season.
Coal Harbour ‘311’ Helles Lager ($6) is a German style lager brewed in the tradition of the Helles style of the Munich brewers. It is a light, straw coloured lager made in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516. With 100% malted barley and German hops.
The staff recommended this beer as it is the lightest beer they have with fruity notes.
Gin & Tonic is what Wongers ordered, but she was a tad disappointed that they didn’t have the array of cocktails as Grain Tasting Bar, just downstairs from Mosaic. If you are ever at Grain, she would highly recommend the House -made Gin & Tonic, which uses Wallflower Gin, Simple Syrup and Cucumber. It’s probably the simple syrup that adds a new dimension to the drink.
You are served biscuits prior to the meal. These were cheddar and chive biscuits which are always a treat.
Roberts Creek Dungeness Crab from Barnston Island is served with greens, avocado, Okanagan Apple, and fennel pollen. The crab taste is quite subtle and can get a bit buried in the sweet apples. The dish tastes quite clean and could use a little bit more seasoning to make the crab pop more.
BC Spot Prawns is served with foraged miners lettuce, wild watercress, mixed radish, nasturtium, and green garlic. The Spot Prawns were plump and seasoned with butter and garlic. Very flavourful and it does mask the delicate sweet taste of the prawns.
Haida Gwaii Weathervane Scallops are beautiful! It is served with pickled garlic scape, salsify, and preserved meyer lemon. The scallops are huge, plump and flavourful. One of our favourite dishes of the night.
Squid Ink Bucatini Pasta is served with razor clam, charred octopus, peas, nduja sausage and fiddlehead fern. It was a well balanced dish and I loved the amount of spice that oozed from the nduja.
Queen Charlotte Sable Fish is served with fingerling potato, sugar snap peas and pickled wild spring onion. The sable fish is cooked very well. It has a nice crust on the outside while the rest of the meat just falls apart. Very good! Another favourite!
Peace Country Lamb is served with fava beans, mint, stinging nettle gnocchi, and pea shoots. The lamb was cooked to a beautiful medium rare.
The New York Cheesecake was quite dense and crumbly when you cut into it. It is also served with strawberries, rhubarb, mint and chocolate granola. The dessert was ok, but not the best.
Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie was an interesting take on the dessert. I wasn’t a big fan of the dessert since I don’t like marshmallows or lemon. Wongers ate more of this dish than I did.
Overall, they did utilize fresh ingredients that were in season. I always love how they use unique ingredients that I would never eat on a normal basis. My favourite items were the spot prawn salad, scallops, lamb, and Sable Fish. All their entrees are pretty top notch.
We Rate Mosaic:
655 Burrard St