Monday, August 10, 2009

First in a Series of Lunches with Visitors --- Monk's

Normally I have lunch with friends once a week, after walking on Thursday. But in the next week or so the pace steps up as visitors from out of town arrive.

Currently our Japanese friend is on her annual visit to Vancouver and since we love her dearly we want to make her stay very special. This past week I hosted a lunch for her and a group of friends at a restaurant we pass every time we walk at Granville Island and False Creek.

Looking back at Monk's from the water

The situation could not be better as the deck at Monk McQueen's looks over the nearby marina and it has a wonderful view up False Creek to the Cambie Street Bridge and the BC Stadium, seen below.

It was a beautiful summer day and one of the warmest we have had this year. So we were happy to sit on the deck, but in the shade of a pull down awning. There's always so much to see from this vantage point, with the many different kinds of boat that travel on these waters.

But what about the food? Well of course it was delicious and I did manage to photograph some of our choices. Sorry the orientation is odd, but it was fine until I uploaded it. Another technical mystery!

After this plate arrived, ordered by one of my friends, the rest of us wished we had ordered it too. A mixture of different varieties of seafood, which is Monk's specialty, with lightly sauteed colourful vegetables, made an attractive, tempting dish.

Sorry about that angle. It's halibut season so most of us ordered that and it came with a rather spicy corn salsa, which I found a bit odd, but after a taste I left it, so I could enjoy the delicate flavour of the halibut. Now onto dessert!

One friend always orders crème brulée and of course she did so here. What a lovely presentation, decorated with blueberries and the ever present cape gooseberry, which appeared as a dessert decoration some years ago but is still in vogue.

I can't remember the name of the dessert I ordered. I think it was some kind of specialty ice cream with biscotti. But what a huge portion it turned out to be. I consumed the whole utterly delicious lot and prepared a light dinner to compensate.

So that was lunch at Monk's. Next in the series will be lunch at Seasons in the Park.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

What a fabulous setting, and a very delicious lunch...I would of gone for the first plate, love seafood, and for dessert, yours!!

Lakeland Jo said...

we are coming to Vancouver soon and this looks like a brilliant place to visit - great photos. I love seafood

Carver said...

What a great place to take your friend to lunch, the view as well as the food look spectacular.

sally in norfolk said...

i very rarely have a dessert when I eat out but i do so love crème brulée and the cape gooseberries and for some reason i have never tried to make crème brulée

jams o donnell said...

What a delicious meal jmb! Remind me to buy bigger trousers whould I ever get to Vancouver!

jmb said...

Well we all went for seafood Anne, just different choices. My dessert was huge!

Lots of seafood restaurants here Jo, but this is a popular restaurant because it is like sailing on the water to dine here.

It was a wonderful lunch Carver.

Creme brulee is a popular choice everywhere Sally. Always on every menu, all slightly different in presentation.

OK Jams, it will be worth it.

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting.

CherryPie said...

What beautiful scenery and the food looks absolutely delicious :-)

Anonymous said...

Thats not Lunch but an event:)
The photos look stunning. I wish I was there.
Is that a location close to your home? you lucky thing!
I last Visited Vancouver 12 years ago. Its been too long.

bettyl said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! Your photos are just great!

Liz said...

I remember our lunch! It was a gorgeous day then too.

What a fab meal you enjoyed on this occasion as well.

lady macleod said...

It's difficult to choose between the food and the views!

jmb said...

Yes Cherie, absolutely one of the best spots to dine in summer.

It's about 25 minutes from us Fay, so not far. You should come back again, it is a beautiful city. I am lucky to live here.

Thanks Betty, a lovely outing.

Liz we ate on the deck at Bridges which was wonderful too. Remember out dessert was smashing too.

A great combination Lady Mac. Better day than when we went to Bridges for dinner. It poured didn't it?

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

A lovely setting and the presentation of those dishes is superb.

Nunyaa said...

I would of love the seafood dish, looks absolutely scrumptious. Colorful desserts, never had anything like it, only ever seen photos of the kind :)