April Smith of AHA MEDIA had the most exquisite dinner with very dear friend and mentor Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy at the very exclusive Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the 5-star Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
Our drinks were Rosé wine and Scotch, while we admired the dinner menu.
Jess, our server was delightful and attentive while guiding us through our fresh seafood choices.
We began with the highly recommended crispy chicken wings created with fish sauce caramel, sambal chilli, and tangly refreshing pickled vegetables was a lovely way to start this sumptuous dinner. Thanks to Raj Taneja for his fantastic foodie endorsement of how good the crispy chicken wings were!
Feasting on the Seafood Tower for two was a true decadent and savory delight with wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche, albacore tuna poke, read island mussel escabèche, dungeness crab louie, snow crab legs, wild shrimp, with local oysters on ice topping a most impressive 2 tier seafood platter!
Love the welcoming entrance tiles.
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy steps into Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
A baby grand piano underneath a beautiful light sculputure.
A very seafood focused dinner menu with a wide variety of palate pleasing plates!
Seafood tower for the two! So divinely delicious!
Rosé wine and Scotch
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy gazes at the crispy chicken wings.
Plump, moist, tender and crispy with a sweet caramel crust coating!
Glorious chicken wing coated with fish sauce caramel and sambal chilli!
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy admires the stunning celebration of fresh local seafood!
A sip of Rosé wine before dining on an oyster!
First tier with Oysters on the Half Shell with classic mignonette, horseradish and cocktail sauce.
Second tier with wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche, albacore tuna poke, read island mussel escabèche, dungeness crab louie and snow crab legs.
A look at the albacore tuna poke and read island mussel escabèche.
A perfect wild shrimp!
Flavourful read island mussel escabèche.
Amazing wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche.
Marvelous morsels of albacore tuna poke.
Taro root and tortilla chips to scoop up every last delicious bite!
We noted with great joy our lemon wrapped in Muslin to hold in the pips.
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy remarked “It’s like a Lemon Cozy!”
Our evening at the Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will always be remembered fondly.
We can’t wait to come back and enjoy more delicious meals!
Lorraine Murphy, Robert Shaer, Chris Mathieson, Salim Jiwa and Dennis E. Bolen
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We’re BACK, BITCHES!
That’s right, Vangroover’s classiest literary gathering returns for One Night Only. Or will commit to One Night Only. You know how that goes.
This upcoming Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm, let’s meet up in the Shebeen and talk about old times and new times and, as ever, bitch about getting paid on time. If you’ve published a book since the last time we got together, bring some and we’ll let you show off. If you’ve gotten a new writing/editing/publishing gig since we last met, boast and we will applaud you. If you’ve created an entire spoken word opera based on the Kardashians, please, in the name of Wagner, keep it to yourself.
Who’s welcome? Everyone except hostile drunks. If you’ve never been to the Shebeen Club before, well, it’s a group for practicing literati, whether they’re making a living at it or not. Writers, editors, publishers, book illustrators, printers, journalists, bloggers, poets, and not a few reprobates. They add a certain style to the mix.
Dress code: Dress writerly. Nobody knows what that means so you can’t get it wrong!
Pay for what you order, and don’t forget to tip nicely. We don’t want them getting annoyed with us after eight years, do we?
and I quite frankly got so excited I blew $50 on Facebook ads. What can I say, it’s been a couple of years since our last get-together, and I lost my head.Directions: the Shebeen is a “secret” pub, so it’s not going to have a giant neon sign out front. Go to the Irish Heather, 210 Carrall Street at the foot of Gastown in Maple Tree Square almost kitty-corner to Chill Winston. Go into the Irish Heather and straight through and out the back door. Turn right, because if you don’t you will walk smack into a brick wall. The door to the Shebeen is just a little ways on, on your left.The Menu: no dinner special this time, but the menu is constantly changing and always high-quality. Don’t show up early, because they won’t be open yet!