Dine Out Review: Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

This probably would have been more timely a couple of weeks ago when folks still had a chance to visit during Dine Out Vancouver, but since I regularly write about arts that have been obsolete for a couple hundred years now I think it’s pretty clear that “topical” is not really my thing.  Anyway, one of the two restaurants I was able to attend this year was the virtually brand new Catch 122 Cafe Bistro in Gastown.  A large focus of this review will be on the dessert course, being as that’s my area of expertise, though I will certainly talk about the meal as a whole and indeed the whole experience. Continue reading

Confectionery Review: Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

For those in the know, Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe on Alberni Street in Vancouver seems to generate some controversy.  Some love it, some feel it is over priced, pretentious and all together a waste of space.  Since I come down firmly in the former camp, I tend to think that the latter could stand to broaden their horizons some.  Yes, the price is an issue, but since my patronage at Thierry’s is a rare indulgence I can forgive them that.  Besides, you very much get what you pay for here thus I don’t really see the source of the complaint.  Any complaints about the quality of the various confections seem to me to be way off base as well.  In my opinion, Thierry Busset is one of the top Pastry Chefs in the city. Continue reading