February 15, 2010 |

A Delicious Evening at the Spotted Bear Bistro

On a recent trip to Tofino, Winemaker Joe and myself were delighted in indulge in a five course tasting menu paired with Rollingdale wines at The Spotted Bear Bistro. Chef Vincent has quite the list of experience in fine dinning restaurants in Vancouver and abroad. His talent shines in his newly opened bistro. On a rainy February night in Tofino, we shared some wine, laughs and great tastes of west coast cuisine.

Tuna Tartar on Avocado Puree
2008 Organic Luminescence

Scallop on Israeli Couscous with Roasted Roma Tomato
and Spot Prawn Sea Foam
2008 Riewurztrafelseron

Lamb and Lentil Curry with Kale, Carrots and Yoghurt
2008 Organic Pinot Noir

Beef Tenderloin on Shitake Mushrooms with Creamy Grainy Mustard Sauce
2007 La Gauche Cabernet Sauvignon

Individual Warm Chocolate Cake with Whipping Cream
2008 Organic Pinot Gris Icewine

My favourite dish was the first course. The richness of the avocado matched the round mouth feel of the Chardonnay. But the cool climate acidity kept up with the bright lime flavours in the dish. The tuna was so fresh. What a pure pairing!

Joe's favourite was the lamb curry. It had all the flavours of the spices but with out the heat that might have overwhelmed the wine. It was a rich blend of earthy flavours, perfectly in balance with the subtle flavours of the Pinot Noir.

The entire evening was magical.
Cheers Chef Vincent!



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