Caché Bistro & Lounge Menu Tasting


Headed by Chef Alex Mok, Caché Bistro & Lounge is a French restaurant with some Asian influences, hidden away at the end of Yaletown on Hamilton Street. I'm no stranger to this restaurant having been there several times for dinner and brunch and every time, I've always found the food superb and left happy and satisfied. So you'd get that I was pretty excited when last week, I was invited to join some other food bloggers for a preview of Caché Bistro's new fall menu.

The new menu emphasizes all the local ingredients that Chef Mok uses to create his dishes, as well as a large selection of new handcrafted cocktails.

The tasting started with a fresh house made Baguette with truffle and peanut satay infused butter. The truffle butter had a nice strong taste of truffle but it was the peanut satay that was my favourite. It tasted amazing! Wish there was more bread to go with it. I was tempted to just eat it on it's own! Haha.
Our appetizer was the Paris Picnic - a board of meats and cheeses that you can pick and choose from. We were given a subset of the platter - two types of Oyama Sausage Co.’s cured meats, house pickled vegetables, walnuts and an additional house made foie gras mousse. Nice little platter to whet our appetite or just for a snack on its own. The foie gras mousse had heavy taste of alcohol; good with some bread.

Accompanying the appetizers was a Xfour Classic Martini, which everyone said was very smooth. But being difficult as I am, I had to get the special treatment because I don't drink. =P They were nice enough to prepare me some non-alcoholic drinks. This one above is the Belgian Blossom and consists of fresh orange, almond syrup, grapefruit, and lemonade; it's a cold sparkling drink and tastes very citrusy. This drink would probably also go well at brunch.   

One person at our table was vegetarian so she was served something different instead. I think this was the beet salad.

For our first main, we were treated to Aldergrove Mok Ribs - half rack of braised pork back ribs made with Chef Mok secret BBQ sauce, accompanied with sesame cilantro red cabbage coleslaw. Our waiter boldly claimed that these ribs are the best in Vancouver. While I can't attest to that, as I don't eat enough ribs to judge properly, I found them very good; very tender and fall of the bone! 

Everyone agreed that the slaw was phenomenal! Very crisp and tangy.

While everyone else shared a bottle of Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette V2A '11 BC, I had my own special drink. 

A Spiced Hot Apple Cider with whipped cream & caramel! Mmmm. So warm and so good for those cold, rainy days like the ones we are currently having!

While we waited for our second main, the table was treated to another glass of wine. This time Church & State Cabernet Franc V2A '10 BC. I had a London Fog instead - Earl grey tea with milk and vanilla syrup. Again a very nice drink for the weather we are having right now.

Unfortunately, I had to leave just when our second main came. Grilled Peace Country Lamb Chop with roasted house made fennel lamb sausage and navy bean ragout. I took this to go and ate it later at home. The lamb was amazing! So tender and deliciously flavoured. I wasn't too big a fan of the beans but overall I loved the dish. It was my favourite of the two.   

The tasting was amazing and it was great to meet fellow bloggers at the dinner. I'm bummed that I missed the Caché S'more for dessert but that's ok, I'll definitely be back!

Caché Bistro is on both Twitter and Facebook and if you follow them, you can find out the secret word of the week that lets you get special deals or free appetizers!

Disclaimer: I was invited to this dinner free of charge. I was not expected to write anything and the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own and have not been influenced in any other way.

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