Gilead Cafe & Bistro
Nelson @ Distillery: Actually just outside the distillery district, this cafe is hard to find, but once you find it, it feels as if you found a cozy inviting secret spot. Let's see if the food matches the nice environs.
Grace tried Warm Quinoa & Bean Salad with Poached Egg ($11). It was served a little cold but the mix of quinoa, beans and wild rice goes well together. The poached egg was not runny inside, but still tasty.
Kitty had the wild striped bass with basmati rice and raita ($14). The bass fish itself was good because it was cooked well with a slightly crunchy skin. The flavour was good and perhaps it was because it was wild fish. The rice and sauce were only ok, especially compared to the fish.
I had the Nicoise style salad with hot smoked wild sockeye salmon ($12). Great colour on the wild salmon which was thick cut and not at all like the traditional smoked salmon. It tasted as if it had less salt, but tasted just as good. It was excellent. I liked the rest of the salad too with a nice sauce covering the fresh ingredients. I have to give special mention to the incredible tomatoes that had so much flavour and heft. Nothing like the ones you buy from the supermarket.
Lastly we shared some JK French Fries with two sauces ($6). They were really good and I think I could taste the peanut oil, but I really enjoyed how they were fried crispy.
Overall a good Canadian food experience with a focus on fresh (and local I assume) ingredients and attention to detail. Jamie Kennedy has another location, the Gardiner cafe, and I want to try it!
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