Note: This was originally posted on August 19, 2009. I thought to “bump” it as last week, I went with some fellow bloggers for another iteration of the Long Table Series at The Irish Heather. For today’s post, please see next post or click here. As for this dinner, needless to say, it was a blast: good, cheap food, with booze served along and with lots of people who share your passion for food. Fellow bloggers who attended were:
Jenny (and Ricky) of My Secret Eden – post is up!
Danny of Five Loaves – post is up!
Jessica (and Mark) of Yum-O-Rama – post is up!
Jonathan of Food and Tell – post is up!
Joyce and Frank of Foodies Adventures in Vancouver – check Joyce’s perspective and Frank’s perspective.
Kevin of 604 Foodtography – post is up!
Sherman of Sherman’s Food Adventures – post is up!
Reader and frequent commenter Anita.
Jenny with Ricky and Joyce with Frank chose to have dessert on-site; however, some of us decided to go to Dulcinea for dessert afterwards. Hopefully that will be blogged as well!
As mentioned on my post Monday on No. 1 Beef Noodle House, there are places I have not gone for several reasons. Now, I will add another reason: Because I am uncool. I can go on and on on this topic; let’s just say that I don’t follow most trends and/or activities people my age would usually do. As an odd consequence, there are areas I don’t feel like going, which translates into restaurants that it will be unlikely I will visit. Which areas? Yaletown, Gastown, et al. So, when I read about the Long Table Series, I wanted to go; however, I felt the need to go with somebody else. Fortunately, Ms. H was happy to tag along…
As for what the Long Table Series is, well, I will just copy and paste it from their site:
Using a 40ft communal table, chef Lee Humphries is offering a series of meals matched to a beer/cider for low prices… Decent meal at a decent price! This series began in early June and will run through the year… Or for as long as our customers want it.
So, let’s try again, this is the setting:
So, dining in communal table, cheap food (and booze!), what else not to like? How about… Not being able to make reservations?! Yes, it seems they are sold out all the way to the end of August but will be providing a new schedule for September and October. I am sure a lot of restaurants will be jealous they could have 40 guaranteed covers three or four times a week almost 9 weeks ahead of time.
Yes, you could feel the inspiration!
Now, being a communal table, this is not serve food and dig in type of situation. Instead, some forewords were given by chef Humphries and… OK, I completely forgot the name of the presenter of the drink. Sorry, I know I should have taken (mental) notes; however, it was a bit noisy (acoustics were really bad, as there was a lot of echo) and didn’t heard that part very well. And, now, to the food (and drink)!
The drink for that night was a pint of cider from Orchard Hill. According to the presenter, if you made the cider with a single type of apple, it would taste really nasty (not exact words, but that would be the idea). In fact, this cider was made up of 5 different type of apples (“however, which apples are a secret”). As for the taste, as a reminder, I have low alcohol tolerance. So, while I drink once in a while, I can’t drink that much. In this case, this one went down smoothly. It felt almost as if I was drinking sparkling water with a slight hint of apple! If it wasn’t because I was slightly tipsy, I think I would have loved to have another one.
And here is the entree for that night: Roasted Suckling Pig with Apple-Rosemary Sauce, Braised Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes. I will admit that, when I checked with Ms. H, I was a bit selfish and suggested this one to her rather than waiting for her thoughts. Fortunately, Ms. H thought this was a good idea too so we were set! ^_^;;;
Now, as for the entree itself, I had mixed feelings. Sure, it was pork and pork always taste good. But… But… I was given a pieces without too much of the rind! And the pieces I did get could have been crunchier. The meat, while cooked perfectly, felt as it lacked seasoning. The braised cabbage did not add much (again, seasoning was lacking). But the mashed potato, specially when you mix it with the sauce was quite smooth and tasty. Hmmmm… I wish I could do mashed potatoes like that (unlikely I will try it anytime soon, though). Unfortunately, the sauce wouldn’t have helped the pork, as it wasn’t “strong” enough.
However, despite the criticism, I must keep in mind the whole meal was $12. Yup, no typo here! Given the cost, I will cut them some slack. (Though I have to also consider that I can get some Chinese roasted pork for that price!). Ms. H, who had been in another Long Table Series dinner mentioned her previous visit, where she had pasta, was better than the pork we had that night. Wow, either the pasta that night was extremely good or they messed up with the pork this time! Would I come back? Sure. They delivered what they promised and that is always a good thing in a my book. Just have to make sure to check their site often and make reservations way ahead of time!
Afterwards, I went with Ms. H to Dulcinea Cafe (blogged previously here) for some dessert. Ms. H, thanks for tagging along, as, otherwise, I would not have attended the Long Table Series, not to mention, your company made the food even better!