I’ve been meaning to go to Parkside for a while, going so far as to make it one of my new year’s resolutions. Well, I took advantage of Dine Out Vancouver to cross this one off my list – and it was so good, I’m hoping to cross it off more than once.
In addition to the $38 prix fixe options, there were a few upgrades. I opted for a $5 appetizer upgrade for the assiette of duck, which more than exceeded my expectations. There was duck proscuitto (paper thin, delightfully salty), duck rillettes (great texture), apple compote (with a boozy kick), homemade cornichons, and…oh dear, I need to pause.
The duck consomme was my second-favourite thing on the plate: meaty and not the least bit greasy. But my absolute favourite was the foie gras parfait. I can’t tell you how deliriously, fantastically delicious it is. I don’t usually like cold foie gras, because it tastes too much like a stick of duck-flavoured butter. But foie gras parfait a la Andrey Durbach is like duck-flavoured air that melts in your mouth, bathes your tongue in tastiness, and leaves you with your eyes closed from pure ecstasy.
Oh, it was good.
For the main, I ordered the 36-hour low temperature shortrib. It was so tender you could cut it with a fork, and it was sprinkled with the slightest touch of grey salt. It was presented on a bed of horseradish pomme puree (perfectly smooth) with Yorkshire pudding (so cute!), meaty beef jus (I’m drooling) and cipollini onion rings (sweet onion ring inside crunchy, light batter).
Dessert was a trio of sorbets, and it was brilliant. I mean, it was a case study in thoughtful, structural dessert. Picture three scoops of homemade sorbet. Start on your right with a blood orange-campari sorbet, on a bed of blood orange marmalade. The blood orange tastes like an orange – but not quite like an orange – and the campari throws in some bitterness. Then you move to the middle scoop of mango-basil sorbet, which is sweet and savoury. Finally, you finish with the scoop of yogurt-vanilla sorbet, which is simultaneously creamy, tangy and refreshing.
It was perfect. So simple, but perfectly executed.
I got the VQA wine pairings, and they were nice but not amazing. I think if I had to do it again, I’d up the ante and get the premium wine pairings.
Most of all, I didn’t feel like I was there for Dine Out Vancouver. I felt like I was there for a nice meal on a regular night, and the food (taste, quality and plating) and service were impeccable.
I’m definitely going back. There’s a 6-course Chef’s tasting meal for only $65, which is a serious steal for food like this.