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North Vancouver Tasting Plates

As you likely know by now, we enjoy attending Tasting Plates Vancouver events, and this time Vancouver Foodster had restaurants and cafes in North Vancouver for us to discover — all in a very close proximity of maybe a 3 or 4 block radius.

Jeremy was a lone Food Gay for this one, but was accompanied by Diane of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver — be sure to check out her site for all sorts of great deals around the city.


The first stop and registration area was at the Cafe for Contemporary Art, who were serving up two kinds of tacos.

The first, “A La Vida,” which had panco breaded basa, salso roja, pumpkin mole, guacamole, onions , cilantro and creamy coleslaw. The other, “Rhonda Maria,” was filled with spicy roasted yams, pumpkin mole, goat feta, habanero mango salsa, guacamole and lettuce. For drinks I had a Thai Iced Latte which had espresso, condensed milk, cardamom and kaffir lime leaf infusion.

Café for Contemporary Art on Urbanspoon

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The District Social had some amazing Patat Frites served in a paper cone. Ours came with ketchup, while others got some sort of tarter sauce. The Patat Frites were perfectly salted and oh so crunchy.

The District on Urbanspoon

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Antanoli Souvlaki were dishing up 5hr Braised country lamb, and a single prawn in tomato feta ouzo sauce. On the side was a vegetarian spanakopita wrapped in phyllo pastry and taramasalata, which is a kind of Greek caviar.

Anatoli Souvlaki on Urbanspoon

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Pier 7 Restaurant + Bar had Tuna Gomae, a large west coast oyster with horseradish and mignonette, as well as a herb marinated prawn with basil crema. I personally thought the oyster was a bit to big, and mine wasn’t detached properly.

PIER 7 restaurant + bar on Urbanspoon

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Guess what Fishworks Oyster bar had? More oysters, and a Tuna served on slice of watermelon, of course. I much perfered the oysters here as they were just the right size and easy to slam back. The tuna and watermelon dish seemed like a good idea, but didn’t really feel right texturally when you bit into it.  A little bit too much mushiness for me.

Fishworks & Canoe Oyster Bar on Urbanspoon

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The last stop was El Matador, which was also closest to the seabus for me to catch home. Their dish was a chorizo tapas, olives, and a spicy shrimp. It was a nice to end the evening with some heat!

El Matador on Urbanspoon

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To take part in the next edition of Tasting Plates on September 18 in Mount Pleasant, so be sure to buy your tickets early! Packs of 4-6 are always cheaper than buying individuals, so round up some friends or family and come on a food adventure — who knows, maybe you’ll bump into a Food Gay or two… 😉

While you’re here, why not check out our complete North Vancouver Tasting Plates Album on Facebook

XX- Jeremy


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The Food Gays are Jeremy and Adrian, two men who love food. We are freelance writers, photographers and stylists. Our first book, a city-guide called The Hunt Vancouver, is available in stores now.

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