OMG! 4 down 1 to go!! It’s nearing the end of my DOVF dash. I must say it’s been going good so far.
I met up with GRock and LockerBud who I’ve known for 23 years. LockerBud and I go way back. Like waaaaaay back. We lived across from each other when we were young and went to elementary and high school together. We were also locker buddies =)
Not wanting to venture into the heart of Downtown, I picked Siena Restaurant on 12th and Granville for our meet up.
It was quite small in there. It got kinda loud after a while but not overly so. Our server Tim was extremely friendly and attentive but not over the top. I liked him.
GRock’s appie: Roasted Beet, Squash and Chèvre (goat cheese) Salad with arugula, limoncello dressing, and toasted almonds. Citrusy and refreshing.
LockerBud and I got the Smoked Salmon & Smoked Trout Rillettes with capers, shallots and crostini served with pea shoot salad. The slab of butter on top was intimidating but I gobbled it up. It was creamy and smokey, and there was more than enough to layer it thick on the crostini. Loved the pea shoots…the taste of spring!!
The others had the Pan-roasted Steelhead with a fingerlings, tomato, artichoke & olive ragout, topped with crispy leeks.
My Raspberry Panna Cotta with lemon custard was a letdown. It just didn’t compare to Ask for Luigi’s version. This tasted more like a mousse. The vanilla tuille cookie tasted odd too.
Dessert disappointment aside, I really enjoyed my night here. The server was just wonderful; so was the company. Lots of laughs all around. We should do this more often. Perhaps here again?? They have 50% off wine bottle Mondays!
Free parking along W. 12th Ave after 6pm Monday-Saturday