I would like to thank Caché Bistro & Lounge and Go Popcorn for the invite to their new Fall 2013 tasting menu. For those unfamiliar with Caché, they are a French bistro with an Asian twist headed by Chef Alex Mok which honed his skills with Chef Herves Martin (the once private chef to the late King Leopold of Belgium).
I was joined by a few other bloggers that evening to sample their new Fall menu. (Note: All food and drinks were on the house.)
We started off with a Martini. Not a major fan of martini’s, so I asked the server to surprise me. And I forgot, I think he said it was a ‘twist’.
The baguettes are baked in-house, very soft on the inside and crispy on the out. What I liked the most about it, is the butter. Especially the peanut butter, it tasted like the peanut butter sauce you eat for hot pot. And it never tasted better on a baguette.
The Paris Picnic were samples of Oyama Sausage Co. cured meats with house made foie gras mousse, mixed olives, blueberry compete, crostini, and house pickled vegetables. You will soon find out that many things here are made in-house.
Since one of our host (@vancityamy) was a Vegetarian, the kitchen prepared something specially for her.
There were two mains. The first is their Aldergrove Mok Ribs, a Chef Mok secret BBQ sauce, full rack of pork ribs (this is half a rack), with sesame cilantro red cabbage coleslaw. The coleslaw was delicious, very chilling to the mouth. And the sesame oil really gave the coleslaw a kick. The ribs weren’t bad, it’s different than smoked or BBQ. The meat stays in-tacked to the bone and doesn’t fall out completely, the sauce definitely had an Asian twist to it.
The wine pairing was a red. Probably my favourite of the night, and if you choose to go on a Wednesday, you can add a draft beer for $1 with the order of ribs. I think I’d enjoy that more than this.
The second entree was a roasted house made fennel lamb sausage, grilled lamb chop and navy bean ragout. I don’t think I’ve seen lamb cooked that red but it was soooo good! The sausage was also very well-done.
The lamb chops was paired with a Church & State wine. The Le Vieux had a sweeter taste than this, perhaps that’s why I liked that one more.
Now for dessert, probably the best dish that evening. (I’m biased cause I love sweets.) It’s a croissant bread pudding drizzled in chocolate ganache and topped with a toasted house made coconut marshmallow.
This was heavenly! A very twisted and non-traditional s’more. The croissant bread pudding was soft and mixed with chocolate and marshmallow, it was just hand down the best dessert ever. The melted marshmallow made it a perfect touch to the dessert. It wasn’t overly sweet and they change the flavours of the marshmallow once in awhile. So you’re guaranteed to have a different taste every time.
At the very end, Chef Alex Mok made an appearance. Though apparently my girlfriend states that he’s been on TVB ( one of Hong Kong’s major television) a few times.
It was a great evening and I can’t wait to try out their other menu items, also their brunch menu. Apparently they are OpenTable’s winner for French Brunch!