If you aren't familiar, Tasting Plates Vancouver are tasting events held at various neighbourhoods in Vancouver. During each event, you get a map and a guide and visit various pre-set locales to try out a sampler menu that best showcases the restaurant. For the East Village event, we went to a total of seven places, three of which were cafes, two bars, and an olive oil tasting bar. Today I'll be talking about all the cafes we visited:
Pallet Coffee Roasters:
A super modern and spacious two-level cafe, this was the first place we visited and I think we were all super impressed with the open-concept kitchen and the friendly service. On the coffee menu are the in-house roasted Americano and Cortado. I picked the Cortado, which is espresso mixed with a little bit of milk. I'm not an espresso connoisseur nor do I even drink coffee on a regular basis but the taste was rich, creamy and enjoyable!
|Spacious interior of Pallet Coffee Roasters|
|Beef Brisket Sandwich with Spinach & Wild Mushroom Salad|
|Double Baked Almond Croissant, Rosemary Parmesan Scone with Cortado Espresso|
|Pallet Coffee Roasters|
The next place was an interesting contrast to Pallet Coffee Roasters. A super quaint, almost fairy-like cafe filled with beautiful ceiling lights, Platform 7 served up a selection of espressos made with Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Beans. I tried the espresso, which was super strong and bitter.
|Platform 7 Coffee|
|Americano and Espresso with cookie assortment.|
The place we visited is a simple cafe that specializes in pies. We tried mini versions of their beef and kimchi pie and classic apple pie. The apple pie is warm and satisfying but the beef and kimchi pie is a bit underwhelming. I didn't taste much kimchi at all. Along with the pies, we tried some interesting cold-brew Oollo Tea made from Taiwanese whole tea leaves. The place was very friendly and the owners and their child welcomed us at the door with greeting signs too!
|Classic Apple Pie & Beef & Kimchi Pie with Oollo Tea|
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