Are you dating someone new? Are you in a long term relationship that’s stuck in a rut going nowhere fast? One of the best ways to inject some life into your relationships is going out for a nice meal. VanEats.ca works with local restaurants to create “Dining Passes” making awesome places more affordable! Their latest dining pass is for Kin Resto Bar at 1500 Robson street, an intimate, charming hidden gem featuring a modern Asian fusion menu. The “Kindle with Kin” pass is a 6 course dinner for 2 but being the big eater I am I tackled it solo, which is unwise, this is a lot of food!
Course number 1 is Thai basil rice paper rolls with prawns, lettuce, cucumber, vermicelli noodles and a delicious peanut sauce for dipping. They were very good, fresh, and the peanut sauce was fantastic!
Course 2 and 3 comes together, Beef Short Ribs and Beef La Lot. The short ribs are marinated in 17 spices and the flavor they create is complex and delightful, they did not last long on my plate. The Beef La Lot is like a Vietnamese sausage using betel leaves as a casing and there’s a crispy piece of Jicama in the middle. The texture is incredible with the Jicama and the betel leaves. Apparently there’s Star Anise in them somewhere but I really couldn’t taste it which didn’t matter, they don’t need it.
Course number 4 is a Seafood Salad with scallops and prawns, grape tomatoes, mango, asparagus, onion, lemon, carrots and a fantastic rau ram dressing. the prawns and scallops were the stars of this dish, particularly the scallops, cooked perfectly with a nice peppery seasoning. the dressing was perfect and there was just the right amount of it.
Course number 5 is a crazy good Yellow Coconut Curry Bowl with Chicken, tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, onions with a bowl of basmati rice on the side. I really liked this dish, it was probably my favorite, it was spicy but not too spicy and the portion of veggies and chicken were generous. I poured the curry sauce over the rice and ate them separately, so good.
Course number 6 is dessert, a Lemongrass Ginger Creme Brule with a pineapple chutney on top. I normally don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I love creme brule and this one is really great. the lemongrass and ginger give a different twist to this classic dessert and the pineapple chutney gives a sweet, fresh quality to every bite, providing you distribute it properly.
For the record I was invited by Kin and VanEats.ca to review this package and it was complimentary but my opinions of the dishes are 100% my own. Also I tip waitresses when I get comped meals, and so should other bloggers!!! I’m just sayin… they work hard and deserve it.
The “Kindle With Kin” dining pass goes on sale January 2nd and is only $25!!! Great value, cool location, tasty food, do it. Also check out the video here!