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While looking for photos taken at The Flying Pig, I came across a number of pictures that were still waiting for their day on the blog.  One set of photos was from a visit to Wildebeest.

It was another one of those weekday evenings that I was meeting Barb and another friend for dinner after work.  Our friend suggested trying Wildebeest on East Hastings Street.  Barb and I were keen on checking out restaurants that we have not been to.  We met up after work and walked over to Wildebeest together.

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We arrived around 6 pm.  Although there were already many guests inside, the restaurant still had some seats available. We were seated at a table close to the bar.  I was sitting on the inside bench of our table and faced the bar.  Hmm.. a lot of alcohol on the wall.

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According to the menu (and our server), the food dishes are prepared family style and sharing is encouraged.  To simplify the ordering process, we decided to each pick two items for our table. When I first looked at the prices on the menu, I felt they were quite expensive.  Trying to pick a couple of items was no longer just an issue of what I wanted to try but also what seemed to be the best bang for the buck.  But, as part of the cost of meeting friends and catching up, as long as they didn’t mind the price, it was still within my budget.

Here is what we selected …

Crispy pork schnitzel, spiced beer mustard

Crispy pork schnitzel, spiced beer mustard

Cured & confit trout, pine-scented celeriac, wild & cultivated cress, pine butter

Cured & confit trout, pine-scented celeriac, wild & cultivated cress, pine butter

Line-caught lingcod, fermented cabbage & candied cod belly, sea foam, bacon dashi

Line-caught lingcod, fermented cabbage & candied cod belly, sea foam, bacon dashi

Poutine, pork jowl & bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup

Poutine, pork jowl & bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup

slow-cooked natural Angus beef short-rib, smoked salt, hay jus

slow-cooked natural Angus beef short-rib, smoked salt, hay jus

Winter kale, hazelnet vinaigrette

Winter kale, hazelnut vinaigrette

The food tasted pretty good.  Out of the items that we picked, I enjoyed the beef short-rib, the pork schnitzel and the kale.  The cured & confit trout reminded me of sashimi so it didn’t stand a chance before I even tried it.  My throat probably made a subconscious move to tighten itself even before I took a bite of the trout.

For dessert, we decided not to order three different items to share.  We discussed and agreed that the ice cream was our dessert of choice.

Tonka bean ice cream, Wildebeest nutella, chocolate cookie, hazelnut brittle

Tonka bean ice cream, Wildebeest nutella, chocolate cookie, hazelnut brittle

The dessert was an awesome choice. Although we were full from dinner, our dessert was gone in a matter of minutes.  Yummy…

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