Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cafeteria on Main

Head out early or go late to try Cafeteria on Main at 11th. They take no reservations and the restaurant is small. The menu changes a bit every day so you may never see the food below.

There are only 5 starters and five entrees and although the menu says no substitutes, they happily accommodate vegetarians or allergies. With no entrees over $20, this restaurant offers value.

The menu is displayed on both walls and I found the wine list difficult to read so asked for an appropriate glass of wine for my meal. A Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc was a safe choice I was happy with.

Strangely, they don’t serve coffee but offer Cold Caffeine; coffee brewed with star anise and cinnamon and served cold with cinnamon foam. Being typical Vancouver coffee snobs I actually sneered at the suggestion but David had to try it and was pleasantly surprised. I admire them for trying something other than serving mediocre coffee.

Here are our choices:

Steamed Mussels with Fennel and Chili was served with Chorizo as well but there was no problem adjusting it to suit our meatless request. I always try the mussels and these were some of the best I’ve had lately, the broth was balanced perfectly with the flavours of chili and fennel, and the presentation with all of the mussels standing up in the dish clearly displaying the plump treasures inside was delightful.

Tuna Tataki Spicy Pineapple Salsa. Big hit here, David thought of ordering another for dessert. Our very knowledgable server said the sauce was Nobu inspired. We’ll be going back hoping this is on the menu again.

Potato Carmelized Onion and Taleggio Ravioli with Chanterelles. Topped with both chanterelles and morels and a little salad, the ravioli covered a mushroom puree that was rich and satisfying. The perfect vegetarian dish.

Snapper Black and Gold Tagliatelle Tomato Vongole. Two pieces of local snapper with a lovely crisped finish topped the pasta. I think there should have been a bit more pasta to make the dish perfect but the vongole circling the plate were lovely.

One bite of David’s dessert told me the Dulce de Leche Yoqhurt Mousse with Apples and Pecans was incredible.

We will return.