Fleuri

On Valentine’s Day, Mochi took me out for dinner at a nice restaurant in Sutton Place Hotel. It was on Valentine’s Day, so there was a set menu everyone had to get. It was a three-course dinner with a chocolate buffet at the end.

Fleuri's Valentine Menu

Fleuri is quite a big restaurant; there were quite a bit of people, but it was not crowded and there were empty tables, which meant hardly any line-up at the chocolate buffet!

To start, we were served complimentary bread and butter.

Complimentary bread with butter

The bread wasn’t warm, but they were soft and there were three different types: two different white breads, and a whole grain one with walnuts inside. I had the walnut one and it was delicious!

The first dish was an Albacore Tuna Crudo.

Albacore Tuna Crudo with orange, squid ink, cod roe, and crispy salami

Mochi really enjoyed the squid ink, as did I. I think the presentation of this dish is really beautiful and artistically plated. It tasted great too! The crispy salami and single piece of what I presume to be deep-fried noodle(?) really added flavour and balanced out the taste of the tuna and squid. The orange pieces added some sweetness to this dish. This unique dish was a great appetizer and all the flavours blended well together.

The next dish was the butter poached lobster:

Butter poached lobster with carrot pudding, carbonnara, fennel, and micro greens

The lobster was succulent and fresh, and the plating of this dish was again, elegant and beautiful. At first I thought the orange pudding was pumpkin, but it was actually carrot~ The greens served with all of their dishes also tasted very fresh and delicious.

For the main, I could pick between either the beef tenderloin or the sablefish and shellfish pot au feu. I picked the tenderloin, so Mochi picked the sablefish.

Beef tenderloin with forest mushroom ragout, horseradish foam, and aged cheddar croquette

Sablefish and shellfish pot au feu with creamy curry emulsion and consomme, clams, mussels, sweet peas, and curry squash

I asked for the beef tenderloin to be cooked medium, and it was cooked perfectly. It was tender and still pink inside. It was pretty filling though, and I had to give Mochi a lot of mine.

The sablefish that Mochi got was very delicious. A broth was poured over it after it was served on the table, and if you enjoy seafood, this is definitely a good dish to try! There was a generous amount of mussels and clams, and the sablefish flaked nicely and it tasted scrumptious with the soup. The only thing I did not like about this dish was the bitter plant that they put in this dish; I’m not exactly sure what plant it was, but it looked like a skinny carrot, but it was a lot paler in colour. It was some kind of root.

For dessert, we tried Fleuri’s chocolate buffet. Fleuri’s chocolate buffet is rated as being the #1 chocolate buffet in the world, and I can see why! I didn’t get to try every single thing, but from what I had, I enjoyed all of them. My favourite though has to be the freshly-made crepes.

Freshly made crepes

Crepe toppings such as whipped cream and Grand Marnier pastry cream

My crepe with a scoop of vanilla gelato

They offer other gelato flavours (such as chocolate, strawberry, and caramel) as well as sorbets to top off your crepe. The crepes here are one of the best I have had. They taste a bit chewy, and makes me wonder if they added mochiko flour into it? It reminds me a bit of the crepes that they serve at the Japanese konbinya on Robson st.

Here are some of their other desserts:

Chocolate mousse cup

Triple chocolate croissant bread pudding

This bread pudding was so good that I attempted to make it a few days after (and succeeded). Yum~ I’ll post up the recipe if I ever get around to it.

Almond macaroons

These macaroons are so cute; they are heart-shaped (for Valentine’s Day)! They tasted quite chewy, and the shell was a bit crunchy. Macaroons were not my favourite dessert (until I tried Soirette’s). At least the ones at Fleuri were not as sweet as the ones served in the Wicked Spoon buffet in Las Vegas.

Chocolate fondue with fruits

There were many different fruits, such as cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries, grapes, and pineapple.

Additional toppings for the fondue

These are additional toppings that you can coat your fruits with after they have taken a bath in the chocolate pool. The dark chocolate shavings were great, and so were the toasted almond slices.

Cream puffs

I thought these cream puffs would be filled with pastry cream or whipped cream, but nope! Since this was a chocolate buffet, they were filled with chocolate mousse~

Opera slice

Here are some other desserts that I did not try:

White chocolate cheesecake

Milk Chocolate Raspberry Mousse

Pecan brownies

Silk Pie

Chocolate truffle cake

By the end of the night, I have eaten enough chocolate to satisfy me for an entire month! It was a delicious dinner nonetheless. Fleuri was also very thoughtful and gave each lady a beautiful long stem red rose at the end of the evening.

<3

Next time I will go back just for their chocolate buffet.

Thanks for the lovely dinner, Mochi! I had a great time. :)

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The Buffet at Bellagio

Happy 2012 everybody!! I am back from a 5 day trip down to Las Vegas and I must say that I really miss it, even though everything was so pricey there. On the second night we went to Bellagio for dinner. Pudding told me that Bellagio’s buffet was the best, so I was very excited to try it out. Upon arrival, we found out that because it was the holidays, the price for dinner increased from less than $40 per person to almost $50 per person. Next time I know not to come during Christmas break… All the prices are elevated to reflect the increased popularity of Las Vegas as a tourist attraction.

Line-up in front of The Buffet at Bellagio

After waiting for an hour, we were finally admitted. By that time, there was only an hour left before they stopped serving more food, so we were a bit rushed for time. I have heard that the best part of this buffet is the king crab legs, and so the first thing I got was the legs. However, they were a pretty big disappointment. Yes, they are expensive stuff and they were delicious since I have never tried them before, but they were so icy that I was only able to eat a bit before my stomach was too cold and I had to get something hot to eat.

King crab legs and salad

More food

Sushi

Desserts

I just want to mention that these photos were all taken by my sister (Kabocha) and that the plates of food were also her’s.

Overall I was not extremely impressed with The Buffet at Bellagio. It was not horrible, but definitely not worth the $50. The king crab legs were too icy, and there wasn’t a super large selection of foods that interested me. The desserts were too sweet and the decor of the restaurant needs updating. At least the server who cleared our plates and gave us drinks was really nice.
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Frankie’s Italian Kitchen

Last night I went out for dinner with Mochi. We decided on Frankie’s Italian Kitchen since I had to use up the coupon that I bought from TravelZoo (expiring October 14th).

We made a reservation but got there pretty late because we couldn’t find a place to park! There was a BC Lion’s game going on at the same time so parking space was very limited and most of them were very expensive (over $20!).

The restaurant itself was very pretty and modern. The ambiance was very nice as well.

Entrance of Frankie's Italian Kitchen

Interior of the restaurant

The restaurant was relatively empty when we got there since it was close to 9pm and most people were probably at the game. We were seated promptly at a nice and comfy corner table. The server was really nice and explained how we can use the TravelZoo voucher. Basically, the voucher came with one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert.

To start, we were served complimentary bread with olive oil and vinegar to dip.

Complimentary bread

Olive oil and vinegar to dip

The bread itself was a bit hard and chewy. I have never ate bread dipped in olive oil before so that was quite new to me! It was not my favorite bread and dip but it was interesting nonetheless!

For the entree, we ordered the beef carpaccio:

Beef Carpaccio $15

The slices were thin and the beef tasted very savory! The greens served on top were also very fresh and tasty.

Next, the entrees:

Spaghetti and Meatballs $14

This one is Mochi’s entree. The pasta was cooked al dente and it tasted chewy and not too soft and soggy. It was tossed in tomato sauce and topped with a piece of aged ricotta cheese (Mochi doesn’t like cheese so he gave the cheese to me). The meatballs tasted handmade and were extremely delicious. Mochi’s only complaint was that the portion was a bit too small but other than that he loved it.

Conchiglioni Frutti di Mare $16

I ordered the conchiglioni because I like baked pasta. These were large pasta shells stuffed with dungeness crab, cod, swiss chard au gratin in a rose sauce. The pasta shells were also cooked al dente and the melted cheese on top suited my taste as well (yes, I really like cheese)!

For dessert, we had the ice cream cassata:

Ice Cream Cassata $7

Rich chocolate ice cream with a thin layer of sponge cake wrapped around it, topped with hot fudge sauce and pistachio nuts. This dessert was the most interesting one on the dessert menu. The chocolate ice cream tasted very rich and tasted more like gelato than regular ice cream.

Everything in this restaurant seems so authentic and Italian! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious.

I am so glad that OmNom told me about this voucher. This restaurant did not disappoint!

Rating

Food 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Service 5/5
Overall 5/5
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