Tucked away behind the tasting room at Domaine De Chaberton winery is a great discovery - Bacchus Bistro.
The setting, a patio overlooking the vineyards, is perfect for a lounging lunch.
And loungers were there in abundance; and they were all female, rich, elegant and over 50. No wonder the staff all were young men out of university.
As the only male on the patio, I had the pleasure of being served by the only more mature and exceptionally competent female server.
The restaurant offers a Table d'hote at prices lower than main course meals at Yaletown restaurants and definitely with more food on the plate.
The Bacchus Salad was a perfect start to the meal.
Beautifully constructed local greens covered with generous slices of smoked salmon and drizzled with mayonnaise mixed with caper and tuna juices.
Lunch was a pan seared rockfish over a very tasty pepper-tomato-olives sauce.
The fish was delicious. The sauce a bit overly oily and heavy, as was the sauce covering the steamed potatoes.
And a dessert option that aligned with my requirements - white and creamy.
A fluffy meringue (tasted more like marshmallows) wrapped with caramelized honey web and floating in a sweet creamy sauce. Irresistible. I even broke down and enjoyed a beautifully crafted café au lait with dessert.
1064 216 street
But wait, more food to be discovered in the townships. This cosy stop on 16th Ave was exactly what I was looking for.
It is not really a farm, but had a small variety of fresh produce.
The strawberries are the best I had this year, specially that our city's stores seem to be only stocking the tasteless genetically modified filled with air imports.
And there were also samosas!