We wanted to go to Crave on Main for their Short Rib Poutine since we are in search of the best “Poutine’s” for VancityBuzz. We also found out they have a bunch of other dishes that have caught our attention. Crave looks like a pretty small restaurant from the outside, but they actually also have a patio in the back.
For starters, obviously we ordered the Short Rib Poutine ($11), but we also ordered the Popcorn Shrimp ($11), and I got the Roasted Mushroom & Basil Soup ($6.50). Their deep fryer was actually broken for a bit that day, so it gave us a little bit of a scare. Luckily they were able to fix it so we can get our poutine.
The Short Rib Poutine came with parmesan truffle fries, and a short rib jus. Obviously far from traditional, but the truffle oil smelled wonderful. The shaved parmesan added a nice salty nuttiness to the crisp and airy fries. The short rib jus was the gravy, and came with lots of tender, but stringy short rib with a very thick sauce. The sauce was as far as you can get from runny. Though hot, the parmesan cheese didn’t really melt. The soup was quite thin, and not a cream of mushroom. It had strong earthy and herb flavours throughout. It was just ok though, as it was pureed. I would’ve liked more whole mushrooms for extra texture.
For our mains, I went for the Rosemary Marinated Lamb Sirloin ($26), while my friends ordered the Pappardelle Pasta ($15), Seared Rare Tuna Nicoise ($21), and the special pasta of the day which had Spaghetti and Chicken ($21). To be honest, after the first bite of my lamb, I wasn’t very impressed as it was a bit overcooked. However, the other pieces were cooked to medium. The lamb was flavourful, but not gamey tasting. It came with stewed cannellini beans, bacon lardons, pearl onions and roasted garlic. It was a nice compliment to the lamb, but I thought the beans could’ve been cooked a bit longer. Some beans were still a bit too firm for my liking, and I also noticed some onion skins in the mix that I had to peel off myself. The spaghetti was good. The pappardelle was light, but overall decent. Nothing special.
For dessert, my friends ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding and Creme Brulee. The Sticky Toffee Pudding smelled amazing, and I was sad I didn’t get to try it. It was good though, and my friends enjoyed both desserts.
Crave on Main
3941 Main St