Feast lives up to its name, it’s all diners will want to do. Located in Dundarave, this gem serves classy comfort food at a moderate price.
Ali and I were ever so kindly treated by our friend Nahal and so we balled out with our orders. The ladies insisted on the Gathered Greens salad to start: crudite, quinoa, pine nuts and goat cheese.
Shak: The salad was nice, though a little underwhelming. I expected the flavours of goat cheese and pine nuts to shine through more than it did.
Ali: Shak needs to eat his vegetables and so here we are. It was a nice twist on your typical green salad, but you can put those $12 towards something better on the menu.
Shak’s Rating: 3.5/5 — Ali’s Rating: 3/5
I knew I wanted a burger before we had even decided on lunch, but the words “bacon weave” instantly confirmed my craving. Their $19 feast burger is a thick medium-well angus beef patty, topped with smoked cheddar, veges and a bacon weave.
Shak: Wow, the best burger I’ve had on the north shore. There is no debate. The burger is juicy and flavourful, the toppings are fresh and the sauce (maybe an aioli?) is perfect. The fries are nice, but not my favourite cut.
Ali: I typically only like beef well-done, but even my eyes went wide when I took a bite of this. It just had so much flavour — every component had a purpose.
Shak’s Rating: 5/5 — Ali’s Rating: 4.5/5
The restaurant has a great express lunch available on weekdays, where you can choose any two of a list of sandwiches, salads and soups for $14. Ali opted for a classic combo, grilled cheese: cheddar, gruyere, parmesan and the soup of the day — a tomato bisque.
Shak: I’m starting to believe that gruyere is the secret to any good grilled cheese. I hassled Ali for getting a grilled cheese, but the sourdough was perfectly toasted and the cheeses were bold and gooey.
Ali: Oh goodness, this grilled cheese is incredible! It had a great cheese pull and the tomato bisque was the perfect side. I went with a classic strategy, dipping the sammich in the soup.
Shak’s Rating: 4.5/5 — Ali’s Rating: 5/5
Since our friend Nahal was treating us, the table went a little nuts and ordered two desserts. First up were warm and fluffy house made mini donuts served with chocolate hazelnut and caramel dips.
Shak: The best mini-donuts I’ve ever had. A great party-pleaser; these warm, fluffy and crispy mini-donuts are like a gourmet version of the popular Playland treat.
Ali: I really enjoyed these, how could you not? But I’m not sure I share Shak’s enthusiasm. They’re great, although I’d be almost equally content with a big bag from a carnival.
Shak’s Rating: 4.5/5 — Ali’s Rating: 3.5/5
We were also treated to an espresso hot chocolate pot de creme, a dessert Nahal insisted we try. It was served with peanut powder and feuilletine.
Shak: This meal keeps getting better. The pot de creme had a wonderful presentation and a smooth, rich consistency through every layer.
Ali: The dessert looks absolutely beautiful. The chocolate pieces are served generously and it’s a nice light way to finish off a rather heavy lunch.
Shak’s Rating: 4.5/5 — Ali’s Rating: 4/5
So what about the X-factors? Food may be a restaurants selling point, but when you’re out with friends you’ll want to consider the joint’s atmosphere.
THE VIBE: (Ambience + Service)
Shak: The restaurant has a fun rustic interior, but we actually sat outside on the porch. It was perfect for a nice sunny day, although shade can be limited. The servers were friendly enough, but never went above and beyond.
Ali: I really enjoyed sitting outside, the table was roomy enough for a comfortable experience. Our two waitresses were friendly and the food came out at a reasonable rate.
Shak’s Rating: 3/5 — Ali’s Rating: 4/5
Vancouver’s a pricey city to live in, you won’t always want to break the bank to have a nice meal with your homies. So how affordable is Feast?
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK:
Shak: The menu isn’t particularly cheap, a half step up from place like Cactus Club. The food, however, is significantly better and a steal in comparison. The $19 burger is fantastic and the $10 donuts can be split with friends.
Ali: The $14 express lunch is great if you’re on a budget and the $6 pot de creme is the perfect dessert for wowing a date without breaking the bank.
Shak’s Rating: 3/5 — Ali’s Rating: 4/5
It’s a shame I hadn’t heard about Feast till now, but you can bet I’ll be telling everyone within earshot to give it a try. I hope my next visit doesn’t disappoint, because the food here is must-eat.