As Dine Out Vancouver 2014 continues for the next couple of weeks, there’s a local South Granville bar that’s featuring a pretty decent menu for DOV2014. Located at Granville St & West 14th, Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen offers an $18 set menu that highlights some attractive dishes for the price point. I was immediately interested in their Pulled Pork Poutine, Duck Confit & Proscuitto Linguine, and their Caramelized Pineapple Cake for the dessert. I was able to convince my friends and hubby to go with me so I could maximize my chances to try most of the menu options.
For drinks, I like how Luke’s Corner offers a $5 drink, a random white/red they select from their collection that night, a beer on tap, and Luke’s Lemonade (blueberry vodka with lemonade). The server mentioned the mystery white was normally a Pinot Grigio, whereas the red was normally a Shiraz. Both my friend and I chose the white and was surprised by the tasty aromas and perfect blend of citrus/sweet for the wine served for $5.
For the set menu, our table ordered the Pulled Pork Poutine, Butternut Squash Soup, and Tavern Caesar Salad for the first course. My favorite was the Pulled Pork Poutine – featuring a dish of shoestring fries covered with coleslaw, slow roasted pulled pork and at the bottom B.C. white cheddar cheese. The only problem with this dish was “Where’s my gravy and cheese?” that I heard from the others at the table trying this dish. Not your ordinary poutine. The Tavern Caesar Salad came a close second for the first course, as the lettuce was crisp and fresh, dressing not too garlicky, and topped with grana padana and crispy capers. The Butternut Squash Soup was just that. There wasn’t a particular wow factor for me for this dish, however if you felt like soup, this is a nice starter. Top pick for first course: Pulled Pork Poutine.
For the main entree two of us ordered the Duck Confit & Proscuitto Linguine, while the other two in our party ordered the Pan Seared Sea Bass. There was also a Peppercorn Bavette Steak & Frites but none of us wanted to try that, as it was mainly steak and fries. I thoroughly enjoyed the pasta dish but had wished it was just a bit bigger. The portion felt like it was more suited for a lunch portion. The duck confit was shredded and the balance of grana padana, fresh tomatoes and proscuitto paired well in the dish. The Pan Seared Sea Bass was nicely seared, however one of my friends complained her piece was a bit dry. I’m not a huge fan of the cous cous on the side, however my other friend enjoyed it. I was glad to have ordered an additional side of fries, as I did not feel I was super full after the first two courses. I really enjoyed their crisp shoestring fries! Top pick for second course: Duck Confit & Proscuitto Linguine.
For dessert, we had both choice between the Caramelized Pineapple Cake and the Lemon Posset. I was the only one at the table who enjoyed the Lemon Posset, a lemon cream accompanied with a raspberry compote. This reminded me of a light mousse and had a texture of creme caramel. My friends found it a bit tart; however after the dinner, it felt nice to cleanse the pallet with this mousse-like dessert. The Caramelized Pineapple Cake’s flavors were delicious, although we found the cake to be a little dry. My personal pick for third course: Lemon Posset.
Overall Luke’s Corner DOV2014 menu is pretty decent for $18, however, I think their regular menu items might be more attractive for me to come by and try versus the set menu due to portion sizes. Give these guys a try, or at least come for buck-a-shuck happy hour from 3pm-5pm and the $5 drink specials.
Note: make reservations ahead of time if you are going for Dine Out. Reservations can be made by phone and also on Luke’s Corner’s website.
Dine Out Vancouver continues until February 2, 2014.