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Taste of Yaletown: Bistro Sakana (Modern Japanese Restaurant)

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It’s the 10th annual Taste of Yaletown, and from Oct. 16-30 select Yaletown restaurants will be offering set menus for $25, $35, or $45. Bistro Sakana often gets overlooked by the ever-so-busy Minami, which I’m also a fan of across the street, and it’s a bit of a shame because it’s a solid restaurant.

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PiDGiN Restaurant – Prix Fixe Menu – Gastown, Vancouver, BC

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PiDGiN is not an Asian restaurant, but it is certainly Asian inspired. Most courses were very good and I have faith in the team. It just lacked the minor, but noticeable details and finesse of a polished dish and I’m not comparing it to fine dining.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu (Act 1-6)

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The Roca brothers are “The Three Tenors” of the culinary world. They sing a different tune, but create a culinary opera. Dinner here is a concert, and they are harmonious in their skills and talent. They stay true to humble beginnings and themselves, and stay connected and rooted to the restaurant.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 6/6

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El Celler de Can Roca was beyond what I imagined, which is self-rewarding. It was advanced in a way which made me want to learn rather than to think, and critical thinking is a challenge for me to ignore. I didn’t even need to try here and letting go happened unconsciously.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 5/6

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El Celler de Can Roca is one of the birthplaces for creativity and they make impossible seem possible. They are not creating a food movement which is what great chefs do, but moving people with food which is what extraordinary chefs do.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 4/6

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It wasn’t to the point of “effortless” cooking, but they made simplicity elegant and appreciated. The transition between dishes were smooth and aromatics were taken seriously. The seafood courses were my favourite, but the level of enjoyment for each dish was splitting hairs.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 3/6

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The savoury dishes had sweet components and efforts from Jordi and the wine pairings were never forgotten. The responsibilities were equally shared amongst the three brothers, and while each department could excel on its own, none could reach the full potential without the other.

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