Last Thursday we were invited to join a group of bloggers at Caché Bistro & Lounge, located at 1269 Hamilton Street in Blogger’s Dinner. It was our first time here, and we actually hadn’t heard of Caché before, so we were looking forward to being completely surprised.

Created by Hong Kong born Chef Alex Mok, Caché Bistro & Lounge focuses on classic French cuisine, complimented by unique Asian touches. With locally sourced ingredients and a delightful selection of BC VQA wines to choose from, the restaurant has an upscale ambience without being stuffy, and it seemed like a nice place to relax on a week night for a late dinner, or even for dessert and coffee after a show.

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This was the delicious Chef’s Charcuterie we enjoyed. Sourced from Oyama Sausage, this had a nice selection of three featured cured meats, mixed olives, onion jam, crostini, lobster oil and house picked vegetables. This was paired with the Sumac Ridge Tribute Brut, which was a dry sparkling wine we both really enjoyed.

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The Beet Salad, with roasted mixed beets, field greens and crispy goat cheese. Everyone at the table kind of went nuts for the fried goat cheese, it was pretty incredible. We suggested to the manager that they sell these on their own as an appetizer! So good.

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Our salad was paired with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Arrogant Frog. This was really nice, and had beautiful notes of lychee, grapefruit, gooseberry. Fruity but not too sweet, this is something we’d buy.

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Our next course was the Deboned Quail. Bacon wrapped Fraser Valley quail, marinated cranberries, Kennebec potato and yam pavé, served with a side of bacon and maple syrup brussel sprouts.

Everyone at our table loved the brussel sprouts, including us. Jeremy loved the Quail, while Adrian wasn’t too huge on it.

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This course was paired with a beautiful Vaila Pinot Noir Rosé from Le Vieux Pin, which was bursting with scents of ripe strawberry, cherries, melon, and spice. This a great rosé for summer.

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These are the Mok Ribs. Chef Alex’s secret BBQ sauce slathered on slow braised baby back ribs, served up with truffle mashed potato, and a side of fresh sesame cilantro red cabbage coleslaw. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender, and the sauce was delicious. The salad in particular was great, as we’d never seen an Asian inspired slaw before.

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This course was paired with the Hacker-Pschorr Keller Unfiltered Lager, which is a staple on Caché Bistro’s menu. For us this was a little too light, but a nice way to round off a superb meal none the less.

Caché Bistro & Lounge is open for dinner and weekend brunch, and offer a Prix Fixe menu for just $35. Chef Tables are also available upon request, with a minimum of 4 people.

We enjoyed our experience at Caché Bistro & Lounge, and we’d recommend it as a nice spot for a date or a quiet dinner. We sat outside on the patio, so didn’t really experience the atmosphere of the inside space, but from what we saw, it was packed for a Thursday night, and all the diners inside were having a great time.

XX – The Food Gays

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