Picks from NOtaBLE (they have a new brunch menu!), the new Lava Dining in Kensington and a white wine from Mission Hill Winery
Lava Dining is a brand new restaurant on 10 Street NW in Kensington that fuses French and Asian cuisine in a delicious and very approachable way.
The Asian Tacos include braised meats wrapped in steam buns — a filling and tasty mouthful. You can choose Confit Duck Leg ($4), Kakuni Pork Belly ($3.50) or Braised Beef Short Rib ($4.50) – all shown here.
Duo of Brome Lake Duck is great for sharing – but you might not want to give any away. Orange marinated duck breast and confit leg rest on a bed of Israeli couscous with Tokyo Negi Leek Agnolotti (I could have eaten a dish of just those alone! They were so good, I almost inhaled them!) with Umeboshi sour plum jus. $28
Beautiful to look at and as enjoyable to eat, Miso Glazed Halibut comes from the West Coast with buckwheat soba noodles and a citrus dashi broth. A generous portion of deliciousness that will you have you snapping away on your phone and gaining a multitude of ‘likes’. $30
Brunch Menu – NOtaBLE
NOtaBLE have a new summer brunch menu with creative and superbly executed dishes, whether your tastes veer more to savoury or sweet. It’s a family atmosphere and kids are welcome. The house-cured smoked salmon comes with pickled red onion, capers, warm rye flatbread and whipped dill cream cheese, and is definitely a kicked-up-a-notch, superior dish. My brunch companion called it ‘sensational’! $13
NOtaBLE “skillet” is filled with torta Española, poached eggs, housemade chorizo that has a lovely warming, but not over the top, kick to it, Fairwinds Farm goat cheese and some of the best brown butter Hollandaise in the city. $16
And then there’s the duck confit, potato and Camembert “pizza” – easily made for two sharing ($16) – and the banana bread panini with grilled banana and pineapple compote, dark rim, lemon curd and berries, with nutella making a cameo appearance – ‘banana bread on crack’ we dubbed it!($14). Whatever you choose, I know you’ll leave sated and with a wide smile.
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Life can get busy, especially in summer. Between quality time with family, visiting friends, and trying to control the garden you promised would be smaller this year, we don’t always have time to seek new tastes on wine store shelves. Good news: rediscover a familiar face with Mission Hill Family Estate. They’ve been around a few years and know how to consistently produce quality wines like the 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc – it’s fresh, lively, and begs for sunshine and patios. Citrus and grassy with a hint of creamy (from time in oak sur lie), this one’s ideal for surprise guests and lingering picnic lunches.
— Jeannette Montgomery, contributor, @OkanaganWriting