Dine Out Vancouver 2008 – A Kettle of Fish

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Founded in 1979 by Glenn and Gwen Anderson and Glenn’s sons Riley and Todd, “The Kettle” is where people in Vancouver take their out of town guests for Vancouver’s finest Ocean Wise seafood.

The restaurant is unique in that its interior looks like an outdoor garden. There are full size trees and plants and a black painted ceiling to give the illusion that you’re dining outside at night. The lush greenery give the kettle a very interment feel even though the restaurant is very big by fine dining standards.

Spot Prawn Salad

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Dinner started with a spot prawn salad with avocado, grape tomato and a honey balsamic vinaigrette. It was an awesome opener and the vinaigrette used for the salad was very good.

Pan Seared Scallop

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The menu actually said pan seared scallops but there was only one. It was served with slow braised puy lentils, lardons, walnuts and a proscuitto crsip to add a bit of saltiness. I really like presentation and it tasted even better than it look.

West Coast Cioppino

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West Coast Cioppino is a hot pot of Dungeness crab legs, scallop, prawn, Salt Spring Island mussel and a medley of seasonal fishes all served with a tomato, white wine and garlic sauce. This was a very interesting dish in that it mixed some very complex favors together. Also, the serving size was quite large for a Dine Out Vancouver menu.

Pork Rack

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The Kettle calls it a pork rack but it looks like a pork chop. The rack was served on a bed of bean cassoulett, wild mushrooms with white truffle infused natural jus. I had it paired with a glass of Red Rooster Pinot Noir.

Again, I was surprised by the serving size. I ordered pork at The Observatory and all I got was four thinly sliced pieces of meat. The Kettle gave me the full rack. It was easily one of the best pork chops I’ve ever tasted. So tender and juicy.

Vanilla Pot de Creme

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Sarah and I both like this dessert very much. It was served with a house made oatmeal cookie that you can use for dipping or just eat it whole. I had the pot de creme paired with a glass of 1999 Paradise Ranch Chardonnay ice wine. The wine was sweeter than the dessert and the two went extremely well together. The only thing bad about the wine was the price – $11.95 for 2oz.

Dinner for two came to $110 with tax, tip and drinks. Overall, I’m very pleased with the level of food and service at A Kettle of Fish and will dine there again. And I’ll be sure to bring some out of town friends.

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24 thoughts on “Dine Out Vancouver 2008 – A Kettle of Fish”

  1. that last one looks like brains!

    1. Pam Hoffman says:

      It’s making me hungry John! I’m going to my homemade chili in just a few minutes…

      Pam Hoffman
      http://seminarlist.blogspot.com

      p.s. you need to add one more thing to your blog John – step on the scale and take a picture of THAT after such a sumptuous meal! hehe

    2. Will says:

      Looks like fried chicken to me lol.

      1. Those prawns look nice, and that pork rack. Has made me hungry πŸ˜₯ and $110 is not bad.

  2. Looks tasty! 😈

  3. I’ll have to check out the place on my next visit to Vancouver. Really enjoy your tidbits on some of the fine dining spots.
    Thanks for the post.

  4. $11.95 for a glass of wine beats the $9 martini I had a while back. It’s a little shock when you don’t know the price up front.

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      Yeah I hate that how the bar tab ends up twice what I expected… lol. I know never to go back to those bars.

      1. David Chew says:

        That is so expensive for a glass of wine. πŸ˜†

  5. Simon Lau says:

    Nice good, the West Coast Cioppino looks great!
    11.99 for 2 oz is pretty typical in Toronto. I started drinking icewine after doing a tour of the wineries in Niagara. It’s great stuff! Not cheap at the restaurants, but moderately priced if you buy it yourself. You get what you pay for, you can find some 11 dollar second harvest, not as sweet but still enjoyable as a dessert wine. You drink IW often John?

  6. That looks delicious… you just made me hungry. I should try that place sometime in the future when I go to Vancouver.

  7. Interesting dishes huh? I’m glad you gave us a lowdown on the restaurant. I pass it everyday on my way to school and I’ve always wondered about it.

  8. Im addicted to fine dining and I love these posts John! πŸ˜€

  9. KiwiPulse says:

    I better like my Vanilla Pot de Creme like a burnt cream. Add a little brown sugar on the top of the cream and burn it. Its more crunchy! πŸ˜›

  10. David Chew says:

    Another dine out place again.

  11. That pork looks mmmhmm.

    You gonna eat that raspberry, John? πŸ˜‰

  12. Prija says:

    that pork rack looks delicious

  13. JP says:

    They’ve definitely upped their game for Dine Out. Tried them a couple of years ago for Dine Out and the food didn’t look half as good as your pics. Guess I’ll have to give them a second shot.

  14. Rob says:

    Bring me to that place John… heheheh I got hungry with this post…

  15. 4ALL2ALL says:

    Greating from Vietnam,
    WOW… It’s making me hungry! And I would like to introduce “fast food” in Vietnam : Wraps and Rolls [http://www.4all2all.net/2008/01/wraps-and-rolls-fast-foods-vietnamese.html].
    I hope to find your thoughts placed out there.
    Nguyen Huy Dung.

  16. homemom3 says:

    Wow, your dinner posts always make me hungry. Course taking my entire family would mean I’d pay close to $500-1000. I’m not a meat eater but after looking at that rack I think I’d be willing to change my mind.

  17. Haroon says:

    I’m made me hungry yet again john.
    I just had dinner but it looks like it wasn’t enough

  18. Mike Huang says:

    Talk about fine dining…:)

    -Mike

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