1300 Robson Street
Hello! Today’s review was a girls’ night out with Dinewithawhale (check out her food blog for amazing photos) at Forage.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in was their exquisite interior. It was rather modern, and gave us a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The host was extremely friendly and directed us to a table right away.
We had a hard time deciding which dish to order so we asked our waitress for recommendations. I was pleasantly surprised by how detailed her reviews were. We ended up getting the foraged and cultivated mushrooms, the Thursday special (pork belly), and the apple pie.
The cultivated mushrooms were a delight. I have a slight bias because mushrooms are my weakness. It went really well with the caraway rye, but sadly we ran out of bread pieces before we finished the mushrooms. It tasted better together, than separately. The pork belly was nothing special because we have a similar dish in our Chinese culture called ‘roast pork’. Since I’ve grown up with roast pork, this lacked in comparison. The main reason why we chose to restaurant was Dinewithawhale saw that Forage won one of Vancouver Foodster’s Best Desserts in 2012. I’ll be honest here, I was expecting greatness. But I was a little let down. The crust was too hard for my liking, and generally the pastry part was just okay. The filling was quite good though. It had the aroma of apples, and it wasn’t too sweet. The dessert was just good to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad. But I just had higher expectations.
Overall, I had a great experience here. I had good talks with Dinewithawhale, while enjoying good food. I would recommend this place, but I wouldn’t suggest the pork belly special. Oh and just in time for this blog post, Forage just won the greenest restaurant for 2013 from Vancouver Mag! Congrats!