Although I love food and wine and keeping up on what’s new in the city, I don’t always get out to all the restaurants when they first open. There are so many that come and go, maybe it’s a good strategy!
I recently checked out a restaurant called Forage, which is now 2 years old. Oops. It replaced O’Douls Restaurant in the Listel Hotel on Robson Street. When they opened 2 years ago they were following a trend (which still exists) in the city – naturally farmed and supporting local farmers. Everything on the menu is from BC and everyone they deal with are using natural practices. So don’t expect to see beef on the menu…they have not found the perfect farm yet.
The staff was very friendly and attentive and seemed very passionate about the restaurant. The white space is very modern with tables or seats at the bar to choose from.
We enjoyed a bottle of BC red wine from the Similkameen Valley – Beleza from Orofino Winery. A delicious Bordeaux style blend with chocolate, flower notes with ripe dark fruits. The wine list is well thought out, and represents BC well.
For food we had the staff choose two of their favourite dishes to surprise us. The first was Elk striploin served medium rare with a cauliflower purée and birch syrup drizzle. As I might have shared before, I am a little hesitant with ordering wild meats (or what I consider wild), however I am open to trying. I was pleasantly surprised with how lean this dish was. Tasty without being too gamey and it was beautifully executed. The second dish they surprised us with was another winner – Mushroom crusted Albacore Tuna. Served with squash, pine mushrooms and gnocchi. Delicious! The third dish we chose was the skillet of foraged and cultivated mushrooms with goat cheese and caraway rye bread. I’m a mushroom fan and thought this was super tasty. The last snack dish was the kale and apple chips. Ours was a little salty, however they will be adjusting the recipe so if you’re a kale fan like me, you’ll enjoy it I’m sure.
Absolutely, hands down, a tasty menu. I’d love to check out brunch sometime, but I would recommend you give this restaurant a try (if you haven’t already).
Forage (at the Listel Hotel)
1300 Robson Street