L’Antipasto is just along Mainland street that serves Italian food. I admit upon arriving I had a hard time finding it since there was no clear cut sign as you walk along Mainland street. However, once found, you’ll notice it’s small interior with a slight romantic vibe. Once seated, we were given the menu for Dine Out Vancouver, where Peter and I got to choose what we wanted to eat for appetizer, entree, and dessert all for $28/per person. A great advantage to having someone go with you is that you basically get to try mostly everything on the menu. Hurray
So for appetizers we started off with Beef Carpaccio and Tuna Carpaccio. I’ll start off with the Beef Carpaccio first. It comes with drizzled with truffle oil and vegetables sott’ olio. All together it was light and refreshing. Although, like i’ve said before i’m not a great fan of truffle oil, however in this dish it wasn’t overwhelming and you can still taste the beef, so it was an okay starter altogether. (2.5/5)
The tuna carpaccio, salt cured with espresso, and came with caper berries and cherry tomatoes. With my tastebuds, I thought that the tuna was better. Although it was nothing extraordinary, I found that the flavours were great and went very well together. (3.5/5)
Next is the entrees, I picked the Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi. I loved the cream sauce that it came with and I found the gnocchi to be very soft and cooked perfectly. All together it had great texture and the cream sauce wasn’t as rich as I thought it would be and it was definitely flavourful. (3/5)
Next entree was Pappardelle Rosse which came in a meat sauce of boneless short ribs, chicken breast and italian sausage. I found the sauce to be light and with the meat included it wasn’t a heavy dish. Not complaining though, I thought that the flavours in their sauce was amazing. My preferred preference out of the two entrees. (3.5/5)
Lastly is desserts! The Lavender Crème Brulee. Upon arriving you can smell the lavender, however once you bite into it, it’s not overwhelming and the lavender has a light taste to it. It wasn’t too sweet either, nice way to end the meal. (3/5)
And then comes the Vanilla Panna Cotta with a forest fruit coulis. I found the vanilla to be lightly incorporated in the Panna Cotta. Altogether it wasn’t too sweet and the coulis complimented the panna cotta very well. (4/5)
My dining experience at L’antipasto was not too bad overall. The wait times between each meal was pretty long, maybe 10-20 minute wait between servings. It was a pleasant experience though to watch the chef cook as he was preparing all the meals. A nice little bonus was he actually did happen to stop by our table and ask how everything was and if we’d come again. Out of all dining experiences, I appreciated that he took the time to do that, especially since we could tell how busy it was in the restaurant. Would try it out here again and maybe try some different pasta dishes, since the dine out menu does keep us restricted from the other options.