NFA Revs up new Summer MenuPosted by Ben Garfinkel on Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Tags for this Article: Chef Steve, NFA, secret dining, underground restaurants
Pssst, hey, wanna eat at an underground restaurant? Okay, slip on this blindfold and follow me! Well, it’s not quite like that, but it is fun, kind of like a friendly dinner party where you pay the host, and sort of illegal. Hence, the folks that run these restaurants tend to be a bit secretive of their location and would prefer you not spread the word blindly.
NFA, which stand for ‘No Fixed Address’, is one such example, and a good one at that. We’ve been here before, and Chef Steve recently gathered a group of us to sample his new summer menu items. Who’s gonna say no to that? So, without further ado, here’s what was on offer:
Spicy spot prawn cerviche with avocado and popcorn as an amuse bouche
Deconstructed beet salad
Cinnamon soy lacquered local duck breast on a coconut cilantro yam mash with a soy Ginger dressing
Olive oil poached halibut on a chorizo croquette with saffron emulsion and chive oil topped with a crispy prosciutto chip
Meyer lemon sorbet with a splash of Grey Goose vodka
Ahi tuna in a coconut lemongrass broth with cinnamon chili tapioca
Honey and Drambuie creme brûlée
Nothing disappointed by any means, and I’m not saying this lightly, the halibut dish was the best think I’d eaten all month and probably the best dish I’ve had in some time. It was a magical combination of perfectly cooked (sous vide) halibut with salty, crunchy prosciutto, soft potato and an almost mustard-like saffron emulsion that came together in your mouth like pigs and fish were meant to be life partners.
No need to go in disguise, but it is one of Vancouvers better kept secrets. For more info and a hook up, check out their NFA’s Facebook page.
Check out fellow diner’s Flickr set here (@Maurice had a bigger camera than I did and maybe that’s also why he was recently chosen as one of the two official bloggers for William and Kate’s Royal Tour of Canada!).