Located at 1177 West Pender, Vancouver, B.C.

Photos Courtesy of Thomas Sangouard

Dine. Drink. Dish. Prestons’ slogan is like its food- simple and inviting.  The décor is sleek, sexy and sophisticated. However, their genuine staff make you feel right at home. A lot of the items on their new fall menu can be classified as comfort food with a twist. Their dishes are derived from Asian and Mediterranean influences but we found that there was more ginger and soy sauce than olives and tzatziki.

 

The gyzoas were our favourite amongst the appetizers. The vegetable and shrimp gyoza was cooked to perfection; the outer skin is crispy yet the inside is tender. It was refreshing to find that the filling wasn’t masked by a copious amount of salt and you can actually pick up the sweet notes of the vegetables and shrimp. The touch of zesty miso vinaigrette tied all the flavours together very well. For a non-traditional Japanese restaurant, we must say we were pretty impressed.

 

For all you vegetarian diners, we highly recommend the Eggplant Parmesan Sliders. Considering it mainly consists of vegetables, this slider is surprisingly hearty. The eggplant patties are pre-dipped in parmesan and fried until crisp and golden brown. The burger is dressed with a creamy pesto aioli, stewed red peppers and feta cheese. As meat lovers, we were taken aback by how good eggplant in a burger can be! For a meaty version, you can order the Braised Barbeque Pork Sliders.

 

For us hardcore carnivores, it was time to put the utensils aside. Next up, Prestons’ Hoisin and Ginger Glazed Pork Ribs were finger-lickin’ good. The meat to bone ratio was perfect; not too much meat so you get the best of the best around the bone. Because the ribs were par-boiled and then glazed in a saucepan, this made the meat extremely tender and allowed it to tear easily from the bone.

 

Dungeness Crab Cakes are definitely a bang for your buck. We all know that there are places that try to pass off crab cakes with barely any crab meat but Prestons is quite the opposite. There are no filler ingredients, and every bite was purely crab. Scrumptious!   

                       

 

Compared to the dishes mentioned above, their Crispy Chicken Karaage, Thai Red Curry with jasmine rice, eggplant and chicken and Pulled Pork Poutine were nothing out of the ordinary.

    

Their Matcha Crème Bruleé tied in this Asian and Mediterranean fusion meal very well. The hardened sugar topping was the right thickness- there was a good amount of custard to crust in each bite. The dessert was also torched to perfection; we hate it when the sugar gets burnt (that completely ruins the dessert). Just a couple of spoonfuls of this creamy treat will leave your taste buds satisfied for the night.

 

If you rather a night cap, you ought to try their Toblerone martini. Picture Absolut Vanilla, Baileys, Frangelico, white Crème De Cacao, honey and cream shaken with ice and served in a frosted martini glass. If you’re a fan, you can also try their infamous martini, the “Chuck Norris.” We’ll leave you to decide whether you like it or not.

 

You can visit Prestons at 1177 West Pender Street in Downtown Vancouver and they also have another location in Chilliwack.

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