Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Hermitage

We'd bought a groupon for The Hermitage restaurant just before Christmas.  A few weeks ago, we got an email from them saying The Hermitage was closing and that we had to use our coupon soon, so we made reservations for the night before they closed.  The restaurant had a nice cozy feel to it.  Very home-y.  Located just past Robson and Burrard, it was very easy to get to.  We found out that they're rezoning that area that's pushed back off the street where The Hermitage kept its residence.  However we also found out that they're not closing for good!  They're moving to Main and 27th sometime in April I think.  Anyway, on to the food!

We each had an appetizer, main, and dessert course.  Hers was the Caesar Salad.

Caesar Salad - with garlic parmesan 
croutons and prosciutto chip

This was a pretty standard caesar salad, good but nothing special.

I had the french onion soup.

Onion Soup Gratinée

This was quite good and not salty like many of the french onion soups I've tried.

For our mains, we had the snapper and the veal chop.

Snapper Fillet - with rock shrimps,
artichoke hearts, tomato and basil

The snapper was cooked well, and the veggies and sauce complemented it well.  They were out of the beef tenderloin which is what I was originally going to order, so I went with the veal because I wanted fries.

Veal Chop - Caramelized onion, garlic,
and green peppercorn

The veal was very tender and the sauce was quite a nice pairing with it.  The onions and garlic were a great addition.  The fries were ok, nothing special.  The veggies had a bit of an interesting taste to them, but otherwise added nothing to the dish.

The waiter brought the dessert tray by and having seen it at a couple other tables we couldn't resist.

Mango Cheesecake

Chocolate Mousse Cake

These were both quite good.  The mango cheesecake was light and not too sweet.  The chocolate mousse wasn't too rich, and the web of white/milk chocolate sauce on the plate was amazing.

Overall Impressions: While it's a bit expensive, if you're in the mood for French comfort food, this is a pretty decent spot.  The service was pretty good, although our waiter loses points for having a l'odeur de corps about him.  

The Hermitage
Vancouver, BC
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