The fine folks over at VANEATS.ca have just released their newest dining pass, and I had the opportunity to preview it last week. Having been a long-time customer at Mosaic Bar & Grille at Hyatt Regency, I already knew that I was in for a treat. Jeff Szombaty recently took over as the Executive Chef, and had big shoes to fill with the departure of former kitchen master Thomas Heinrich. He certainly rose to the occasion with the menu that we tried. Without further ado, here is the Spring Fling dining pass, which is available until June 12 on VANEATS.ca for $27. Wine pairings for each course is an additional $25.
Your choice of appetizer:
Left: “Earth Apple Farms Mixed Kale”, radishes, garlic scape dressing. Recommended wine pairing: Blasted Church Gewurztraminer; Right: “White Asparagus Bisque”, parmesan lavash. This was our favourite amongst the two choices, and it’s not everyday that you can get white asparagus, so it felt extra special starting our meal with this bisque. Recommended wine pairing: Red Rooster Pinot Gris
Your choice of entrée:
“Green Garlic Quinoa Risotto”, fiddlehead ferns, fava beans, green peas, watercress. The green garlic did wonders on the quinoa, and it’s definitely a worthy dish for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Recommended wine pairing: Desert Hills Gamay
“Braised Maple Ridge Farm Veal Cheeks with Stinging Nettle Pasta”, asparagus tips, morel cream sauce. This one is sure to please meat lovers, with tender veal and a nice balance of carbs and some more of that seasonal white asparagus. Recommended wine pairing: Bodegas Bilbainas ‘Vina Zaco’ Tempranillo
“BC Bouillabaisse with Spring Salmon”, salt spring mussels, manila clams, sugar snap pea, charred scallion, fennel, new potatoes. This West Coast dish is a safe bet for anyone looking for fresh, classic seafood in Vancouver. Recommended wine pairing: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Your choice of dessert:
Left: “Maple Espresso Creme Brulee”, dark chocolate bark. A nice pick-me-up dessert with the maple espresso flavour, and the dark chocolate bark balanced out some of the sweetness. Right: “MOSAIC’s Signature Triple Layer Cake”, fresh berries. The picture just doesn’t do this cake justice — you have to order it if you’re a chocolate fan. Recommended wine pairing: Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Port
This dining pass did not disappoint and although it’s been awhile since we’d been here, it was really great to see that they are still executing at a high level. We’ll also certainly be back to try their spring/summer menu, which is launching soon!