After our dinner at Boneta in November 2012, B, T and I decided that we should meet regularly and eat our way around Gastown. For awhile, we were doing a pretty good job of meeting up every 4-6 weeks. We tried several different restaurants in the neighbourhood and when V moved back to Vancouver in early 2013, she too joined our adventures.
Our first girls’ dinner of 2013 was on a cold January evening at Lily Mae’s Comfort Cafe. After a long day at work, it was nice to just sit back in a bistro cafe, have some comfort food and enjoy some great company.
Being the type that likes to try a bit of everything, T and I decided to share a few items from the menu. Although the Burgundy Poutine looked very tempting, we decided to order the Crab Cakes (served on greens with remoulade), the Beef Bourguignon (bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, potatoes, leeks, and baby carrots braised in red wine with bread) and a dish of greens.
Three great choices that T and I ordered! The crab cakes were good and the beef bourguignon was the perfect comfort food for a cold winter day. The greens were a mix of baby bok choy and kale — healthy and tasty. The portions were adequate for T and I to share.
B opted for her own items of French Onion Soup and Meatball Risotto. The soup looked tasty but unfortunately the photo didn’t turn out. The pork and beef meatballs on the mushroom risotto is shown below.
As we feasted on dinner, the topic of Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival came up. T mentioned that Secret Location was just down the block and they were on the list of hot chocolate participants. When the server came back to ask us if we wanted to order dessert, we politely declined. Yes, our minds were made up… hot chocolate was the desired dessert.
After paying our bill at Lily Mae’s, we relocated ourselves from 12 Powell Street to 1 Water Street. According to online map resources, Secret Location is not more than 80 metres or so away. It was chilly out so the one minute walk (again, according to online map resources) seemed longer than that.
The interior of Secret Location was far more spacious than I had expected. I’m not really sure what I had expected but definitely not the space and concept that I saw before me. In fact, it was a little surprising for me… I’m pretty sure I flashed the deer in the headlight look for a brief second.
I had a difficult time deciding what to order. They listed three types of hot chocolate and they all sounded fantastic. In the end, eenie-meenie-miney-mo helped me decide on the last of the three – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is what I ordered. (I think the marshmallows probably helped skew the results a bit too… *grin*). B and T each ordered the Aphrodite. Their drinks were pretty cool.. a two-part process as the server poured the hot chocolate at the table. Pleasing to both the sense of sight and taste!
We were seated by the window with a view of the street. It was a cold and quiet January evening and a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate was a cozy way to end the evening.
- Gastown at night