Dine Out 2012 - Monk McQueens

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Took the family out to Monk McQueens for our first Dine Out Vancouver dinner of the year last Saturday. There was a wedding banquet happening at the same time so all the street parking was gone! We had to suck it up and pay the $8 valet parking in the front of the restaurant. 


We were given a complimentary baguette bread basket to start - fresh from the oven.

Buck-a-shuck was also available so I tried one of each of the oysters available: Pacific Rim, Summer Breeze(?) and some other one I don't remember the name of. I liked the Pacific Rim one the best. It is the smallest one.

For appetizer, I tried the roasted parsnip & duck veloute. It was a rich white soup kind of like chowder. I didn't post a photo because it didn't look like anything special. No decorations, it was just a bowl of soup. 


Spring Lamb Chop & Pot Pie
I was the only one in the family who didn't order the salmon. I had the lamp chop which was delicious! By this time I was so full I didn't need the pot pie that accompanied it.


Cedar Jelly Glazed Roasted Sockeye Salmon
The salmon as great too. I tried a little of it and it comes with a few tiny pieces of candied salmon. Yum!
 
Chocolate brownie creme brule
I loved the dessert. The brownie was imbedded in creme brule was so yummy! I liked the fact that there was gelato in addition to the creme brule. I wasn't really a big fan of the chunks of avacado in it though.

All in all a great meal and we were all stuffed in the end! Here is their full $28 Dine Out menu:

Appetizer

CARAMALIZED ONION & MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM TART
Amaranth Braised Prune Salad Burrata Cheese, Bristol Cream Vinaigrette

or
ROASTED PARSNIP & DUCK VELOUTE
Duck Leg Confit

 

Entree

SPRING LAMB CHOP & POT PIE
Expresso Rubbed Double Chop,Soft Blue Corn Polenta,Sour Cherry Cab Franc Demi

or
CEDAR JELLY GLAZED ROASTED SOCKEYE SALMON
Roasted Tomato, Eggplant &Portobellini Mussel & Clam Froth
or
HEIRLOOM RED BEET RISOTTO
Crispy Tofu, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms Grana Padano

 

Dessert

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE CREME BRULE
Avocado White Chocolate Chip Gelato Fresh Berries
 


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3 comments:

Ron said...

ive also been to monks ( 2 times) during dine out and i absolutely loved it. i must honestly say they must have a brand new chef or a different direction coz last years dine out was nothing special.

Jenny said...

It was really delicious. Which dishes did you try?

I might have to go back there soon since they have the buck-a-shuck oysters on until March. P=

Sandra Knol-Trounsell said...

Just came back from a great meal at Monk McQueens at 7:00pm Saturday night. The restaurant's ambience was excellent, with stunning false creek and marinaside views. Only drawback, the service. It was mediocre at best. When our server arrived, we were not formally greeted and because of the lack of a proper greeting, I mistook him for being our bus server. Our food service was very slow too. The heat lamp outside was broken too. Tables in our server's section did not receive evening table candles like the other patio sections. So, we had to ask him to bring one our way too. Anyways, he lacked interpersonal, personal touch communication skills with our table. I would give 3/5 for service. 4/5 for food. 5/5 for views. Cheers.