Last night marks the second stop on K (sis in law) and I’s Tour of Vancouver. I made that name up, but I kinda like it. So, we went to Mamie Taylor’s last time, and it deserves all the hype it gets. SO GOOD. If you are a fried chicken connoisseur, you have met your match. Last night was K’s pick and she decided on Good Wolfe . Of course, we could not help ourselves and looked at the menu each day in anticipation.
I walked in and was greeted immediately by a server. We did not have a reso but the manager came up and told me there were two tables available so I did not have to wait. Perfect, especially on a Saturday night. The place was packed and from what I can see, the bar is the place to be. It is in the centre of the room, large and square, so lots of people can sit all around it. We got a nice table right behind the bar, perfect for evening chatting. Our server came up right away with water and to say hello.
K is a white wine drinker, and I prefer red, but they did not have a glass that I liked (just personal preference) and so we went with the Tinhorn Gewürztraminer. It was fabulous. Notes of apples and pears, some peach but without an overwhelming sweetness. Perfect. Like 2 bottle perfect. More on that later.
K had heard about their famous bread. Now, I have not had bread in a long time, but it was our night and so we went with it. They bake it in house, traditional peasant bread; crunchy on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside. So, pretty much bliss, then I topped it with some buttery bliss.
We decided on our appetizers; Caesar salad and Charcuterie. The appies arrived very quickly. K is a Caesar salad connoisseur and she loved it. The croutons were the highlight and it was everything a Caesar salad should be. Yet, it left me wanting, something to set itself apart from the same ol’ Caesar salad. The Charcuterie was excellent. What I liked the most was how different and unique it was. It had spec and two types of pates on it, topped with gherkins and frisee. The flavours had great depth with both sweet and salty notes. Lots of texture in there too.
We ordered our mains and the conversation flowed. The ambience of the place is fabulous. Not too loud, small enough to be intimate but large enough to accommodate walk in’s, like ourselves. Diminly lit, but not too much that I have to squint. It is cozy, with a European feel to it and the service is absolutely outstanding. Having served for 6 years, I know great server when I am served by one. Our server was warm, funny, and not the least bit intrusive, he was fully available before we needed him but not around to hover. He picked up on our vibe and let us have our evening.
So then dinner came. Oh…the dinner. We ordered the Cornish game hen. It was baked in a cream, mushroom and onion sauce, served with a side of spaetzle. Then, because we decided to go all out and fully against all Paleo guidelines, we got the scallop carbonara. First, the cornish game hen. It was to die for. Crispy, perfectly seasoned skin, with a moist and juicy inside. The spaetzle was pan fried, which made it the heavenly combo of buttery crunch with a smooth interior. The cream sauce was rich, but not heavy and the right consistency to ooze over the hen. Second, the pasta. I can still taste it. Freshly in house made pasta, in a rich herbed cream sauce and giant, perfectly seasoned scallops. This entree was everything pasta should be and what breaking Paleo is all about.
Halfway through our entrees, K ordered another bottle of wine. This would be where I got in trouble. Or should I say hammered. We did not have dessert because we were both so stuffed and drunk.
So, all in all, it was an amazing evening. I give Good Wolfe 4 out of 5 stars. It really surpassed my expectations and I highly recommend it.