Dine Out Vancouver is back! My first stop is at Gramercy Grill, a seafood and steak restaurant in west side Kitsilano. Gramercy Grill is participating in the $28 three course menu for dinner, and $16 lunch and vegetarian option menu. My boyfriend Sav and I went for dinner on a Monday night. The place was not crowded but there was a good amount of diners that creates a good energized dining experience with a average bar noise level. Gramercy Grill is a neighbourhood kind of restaurant but have the ambience of an average downtown grill/bar dine out place.
Starting off with appetizer, we get a choice out of four different dishes.
- Trio of Oysters with mignonette or classic seafood sauce
- Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio truffle aioli, crispy capers & grana padano cheese crostini or gluten free crackers
- Hearts of Romaine Salad pancetta lardons, crispy capers, parmasen cheese roasted garlic & shallot vinaigrette
- Baby Boccocini & Cherry Heirloom Tomato Salad shaved onions, pepper pecorino, balsamic reduction & extra virgin olive oil
- Curried Mussels coconut milk curry broth & julienne vegetables (add extra $2)
I ordered the curried mussels. There’s a decent amount of mussels (9-10) in the dish considering it as an appetizer. But then, keep in mind that there was an extra $2 charge on this course option. If there wasn’t that extra cost, it would probably be half of the original portion…I assume. 😛 The curry sauce was really light so that was good. So that the strong curry spice won’t override the fresh ocean taste from the mussels. Although I found the vegetable (carrot strips and celery chunks) in the sauce is a bit odd.
Sav ordered the trio oysters. I wouldn’t say they are big oysters but its a good size. Definitely fresh and served clean. The mignonette sauce really surprised me. I actually tasted washabi in the sauce which really spice up the taste with the oysters. I didn’t expect that so I dipped too much on my little bite. Super refreshing as an appetizer.
For entrees, there are 6 different choices.
- Oven Roasted Black Cod oven dried tomato basil compote niscoise olives & nugget potatoes
- Pesto Pasta chef’s blend wild mushrooms, broccolini & halved cherry heirloom tomatoes
- Breaded Veal Schnitzel mushroom red wine jus pan fried nugget potatoes & veg
- Baby Back Ribs house made whiskey bbq sauce & blue cheese macaroni (add $4)
- New York Striploin (add $4) with Prawns (add $5) sour cream & chive mashed potatoes green peppercorn jus
- Seared Duck Breast mulled cherry red wine jus butternut squash croquette (add $4)
Sav had the black cod. Sav said the cod was cooked perfectly. It had a nice smooth texture and its not dry at all. I had a few bites but I wouldn’t say its perfectly done. Maybe I was just being picky but I found it a tiny tiny bit dry for a cod. Or maybe I’m just too use to the Japanese style cooked black cods which usually are so smooth in texture with a sweet caramelized coat. Don’t get me wrong, it was still awesome and was cooked nice. The oven dried tomato basil compote niscoise olives was nicely done too. The tomato didn’t had the typical acid taste and it balanced well with the olives. I didn’t prefer it on top of the cod tho… Just because it is a strong taste and it somewhat override the black cod. A minor comment about the baby carrot on the plate… I don’t know if the chef was trying to give a crunchy texture to the dish or what.. But it was not done, still hard and crunchy and I didn’t like that.
I ordered the baby back ribs and I was so in love with the dish. The ribs were really tender and the BBQ sauce was really nice. The only thing is that I couldn’t taste the whiskey in it. But still, it was a good sauce. The meat comes off of the bones super easily with a gentle push off your fork. Surprisingly, you get two racks of the ribs. Which I think is a good deal/portion! But like the mussels.. There’s an extra cost of $4 for this dish.. So that’s another story. The best part is the mac and cheese cause it was made with blue cheese!! If you don’t like blue cheese or can’t stand the strong taste/smell of blue cheese… Then thats another story. But the mac and cheese is so creamy and rich. And it goes so well with the BBQ sauce on the ribs. Just because mac and cheese usually get really stuffy from it rich and creamy texture, the BBQ sauce which is on the sweeter side would balance out the taste so you actually won’t get stuffed as easily.
Then comes dessert! There’s 5 different choices.
- Lemon Tart with local berry coulis & whipped cream
- Pecan Pie cardamom caramel sauce & whipped cream
- Warm Flourless Chocolate Torte caramel sauce & whipped cream
- Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée (add $2)
I had the lemon tart and I didn’t even finish it. It was not bad. (If you’re Chinese) The crust tastes like non-traditional cookie crust egg tarts. (Not the flakey ones). In other words, it tastes like normal butter cookies which is nothing bad. The lemon custard is way to sour tho… I’m not a whip cream person but I had to eat it with the cream cause it was too sour.
Sav got the creme brûlée with an added cost of $2. He liked it. I didn’t. The best part of a creme brûlée is the crispy caramel coat on top but their creme brûlée doesn’t have that crispy caramel top. Despite of the best part gone missing, the creme brûlée itself is at a good level of sweetness and is creamy and rich. I don’t think it is worth an extra $2 tho…
Overall, I had a great dining experience at Gramercy Grill. The people there are super friendly and the service was really good. There was a couple next to our table (around the mid-age) and they came in not knowing what Dine Out Vancouver is. Overhearing their conversation, they are actually regular customers that come in once in a while for a date at Gramercy Grill. This is how neighbour-ish Gramercy seems to be… A great place for couples to hang out on a regular base. I love to come back to Gramercy sometime in the future! If only its a closer neighbourhood to me then that would be perfect…
The final cost came down to $67.20 before tipping. The only thing I would say about Gramercy not being the perfect Dine Out choice is the extra costs added to the some of the course option. We had to pay an extra $11.2 for Dine Out which basically is close to be paying a $38 Dine Out course menu. I don’t see how that works. In bad terms, it seems like I’d been trick to dine here knowing I’m paying for a great $28 three course deal. If a restaurant decided to participate with a $28 three course meal, then stick to the $28.