Italian chef’s tasting menu at Mosaic

This restaurant might be the best kept secret in Vancouver. Mosaic Bar & Grille, tucked away on the second floor of the Hyatt Hotel on Burrard, does some of the best high end dining in the city. Every month or so Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich does a Chef’s tasting menu. He kindly invited me down to check out the latest which has an Italian theme complete with wine pairings. The view from Mosaic is pretty spectacular as well considering it’s deep inside Vancouver’s business district. The menu is a 5 course affair, here’s a quick run down of the dishes and wine pairings.

Nice view
Nice view

Course 1 – Panzanella Insalata. Bread affair ciabatta, heirloom tomatoes, bone marrow saltimbocca paired with Beniamino Maschio Grapa Di Moscato

Bone marrow paired with Grappa? It totally works.
Bone marrow paired with Grapa? It totally works.

Course 2 – Vialone Nano Truffle Risotto. Truffle dwarf peaches, 64 degree egg, Parmesan foam. Paired with Danzante 2011 pinot grigio.

Fantastic risotto and another great wine pairing.
Fantastic risotto and another great wine pairing.

Course 3 – Hand rolled pasta. Cerignola olive broth, bottarga. Paired with Quail’s Gate 2010 pinot noir.

Hand rolled pasta of the highest quality. The chilli's added a nice subtle heat and complemented the wine.
Hand rolled pasta of the highest quality. The chilli’s added a nice subtle heat and complemented the wine.

Course 4 – Branzino, polenta, squid ink. Paired with Ca’ Bianca ‘Cherise’ 2008 Barbers d’Asti Superiore.

Branzino is Seabass, fyi. Another fantastic wine pairing.
Branzino is Seabass, fyi. Another fantastic wine pairing.

Course 5 – Tiramisu. House made lady fingers, mascarpone, disaronno soaked cherries. Paired with Gehringer Bros. 2011 Cabernet Franc ice wine.

Tiramisu and Ice wine. Great combo.
Tiramisu and Ice wine. Great combo.

Mosaic is getting a lot of hype and it’s well deserved. The food is outstanding, the wine list is world class, their cocktails are some of the best in the city and they have craft beer!. That sounds like a winner to me.

Howe Sound Brewing's Devil's Elbow IPA
Howe Sound Brewing’s Devil’s Elbow IPA

Chef Heinrich is doing some great things at Mosaic, go check it out! The Italian tasting menu runs until September 12th.

Twitter – @cheftheinrch Make sure you follow Chef Heinrich for updates on all of his latest creations.

My tasting menu was comped by Chef Heinrich, somewhat unexpectedly 🙂

Scott.

 

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