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Tasting Menu at Ebo Restaurant + Lounge

Journey out to Burnaby For Chef Keith Pears Tasting Menu at Ebo Restaurant

The Delta Hotel in Burnaby is not like most hotels when it comes to dining, while there is some of a more common dishes such as roast chicken and steak on the Ebo Restaurant menu, there is always an interesting take on what could otherwise be classified ordinary. The sablefish comes with a black pepper jam, Chinese sausage fried rice, and grilled bok choy, lamb chops are Moroccan spiced with smoked Greek yogurt and what could be a simple tuna poke is  served with premium Ahi, compressed watermelon, ponzu pearls, nori, avocado, and taro chips. Chef Pears even had the poke on the menu long before the latest west coast craze hit and Ebo also features tasting menus where Pears and his team of dedicated professionals push the boundaries on hotel dining.

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Chef Keith Pears – Photo from Vancouver Foodster

Pears comes from a family of chefs, his mother and father are both chefs and he’s worked for several of Vancouver’s hot spots, joining Ebo at the Delta Burnaby in 2008. By 2014 he was ready for the Executive Chef position when the then Chef, Daniel Craig, moved on to Toronto.

I’ve seen him compete in many culinary competitions, and sampled his offerings several times, but never had the chance to sit down to a tasting menu and watch him and his front and back of house team rise to the occasion, until recently.

It’s too bad the restaurant isn’t closer, but it’s a pretty easy sky train and brief taxi ride away, and there’s lots of free parking if you are not imbibing during your meal.

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We started with a Yellowfin Tuna dish with avocado, watermelon, cucumber and fava bean that was then topped with a yuzu dashi broth. Gorgeously presented and full of fresh flavours.

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Next up Heirloom Tomato Salad, with some beautiful locally grown tomatoes, peach, serrano ham and almond praline. Pears nails textures by adding a crunch just when you least expect it.

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Beef carpaccio can be pretty standard with an aioli and capers, but Ebo mixes it up with mustard, horseradish and Reggiano squid ink crackers.

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Scallop carpaccio with micro greens, showcases the freshness of the shellfish with just the right amount of accent.
Ebo RestaurantLocal salmon was paired with an excellent gnocchi and topped with lemon foam.ebo restaurant

We all adored the incredibly tender lamb served with tabbouleh salad, artichoke and pickled mustard.champagne freezies

Instead of the usual sorbet, the team made champagne freezies. Super fun! Photo Yumi Ang.

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We were then back to savoury with an excellent chicken duo with truffle, crispy chicken skin, the delicateness of chanterelles, and an incredible Shaoxing sauce.

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The finale was a hazelnut chocolate with peanut butter powder, white chocolate caramel nitro ice cream and raspberry and kalamansi accents; spectacular. I need more peanut butter powder in my life!

The Okanagan wines were very well-paired with these delightful dishes. I loved the See Ya Later Riesling with the tomato salad and the Quails Gate Pinot Noir was showing so well beside the salmon.

EBO Restaurant is located at 4331 Dominion Street in Burnaby (inside the Delta Burnaby by Marriott hotel). Tasting Menus are featured for dinner nightly for 2 people upwards to 18 people with notice by phone at 604-453-0788. We’ll be back for the fall version!

Lower Mainland Casinos – Not Necessarily a Gamble

Dueling Pianos at La Scala Grand Villa CasinoMany years ago I dated a man that really knew how to play Black Jack.; he’d almost always come out far ahead. Recently I met a group of guys on a food tour that play online poker for a living, and did nothing else for cash. They mentioned to check out casino games such as poker, roulette or blackjack online for more on that. Even my father paid for much of his med school education with the same games. For me, it’s just not my thing. Sadly, I even went to Vegas last year and wouldn’t have gambled a dime, but I threw a twenty into a slot machine, because, well, isn’t that what you do in Vegas? I would have had far more fun lighting that bill on fire or buying some trinket or other. The results? I lost a twenty. It’s not really a big surprise that gambling ain’t my thing. I’m massively impulsive and bored easily, not the best attributes for a gambler. But I don’t mind a casino, but when I visit one there damn well better be more than just gambling.

Now some say that Vancouver area casinos have much to be desired, but I have headed out to several for some pretty excellent nights.

What’s out there?

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Hard Rock Casino

The newest casino in Metro Vancouver is the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver with entertainmentdining and gaming offerings. The 80,000 square foot casino floor has Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow, Craps, VIP high limit salons and more, but it’s not just games here. Several performance spaces host ever-changing talent including music, comedy and performance arts.  The culinary scene at the Hard Rock includes a variety of options and there’s some special events such as the 30 for $30 Winemakers Dinner series which promotes local wine.

River Rock Fall 2011

River Rock Casino

Over in Richmond the River Rock is Western Canada’s only Four-Diamond Casino Resort. Along with the casino games and horse racing stakes there’s plenty of great shows such as the upcoming Tony Bennett, Bob Newhart, Kenny Rogers, and Margaret Cho music and comedy performances. The property is home to an excellent Italian Restaurant, Tramanto, and there’s an even an onsite hotel with modern comfy rooms. Perhaps an alternative when you have an early morning flight? The BC Association of travel writers hosted a symposium there and we had excellent service and food for the entire event. 

Breakfast at Ebo

Grand Villa Casino

Burnaby is host to Grand Villa Casino which has 50 gaming tables and 1000 slot machines as well as bars, restaurants, a show lounge, and the 200 room Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre should you need to spend the night. Their all-star chef has recently departed, but not before he set up a very nice culinary program and we’ve done many dinners here in the hotel’s spacious ballrooms and remember fonly great night of dueling pianos followed the next morning by a stellar buffet brunch.

Edgewater Casino

In downtown Vancouver the Edgewater Casino will soon be expanding, but in the meantime there are 500 slots and Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and a High Limit Room should you be so inclined. There’s a lounge where you can grab a drink and 430 seat venue hosts pay-per-view sports events and galas. Easy to get to if you are downtown, but not the best of the lot by any means.

Cascades Casino

Out in Langley there’s the Cascades Casino which I have yet to visit. Along with games, etc they have recently opened Match Restaurant and friends have dined and given a thumbs up and there’s also the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre for those needing accommodation and business space. I’ll let you know when we get there.

Starlight Casino

Out in New Westminster is Starlight Casino where I’ve attended one of the most delicious weddings ever at Kirin. They will be opening a Match Restuarant soon and of course there’s the slots and VIP tables Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, PaiGow, Roulette, Progressive Pai Gow and more.



Thanksgiving Dinner at Ebo

Still no plans for Thanksgiving dinner? Thanksgiving 3 course dinner in EBO $42 per person excluding taxes or gratuity

Roast Butternut Squash Soup, Spiced Yogurt, Gelderman Farms Pulled Ham Hock.

Roast Organic Turkey, Whipped Potato, Brussel Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce, Natural Gravy.

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramelized Popcorn, Brown Butter Ice Cream.


Dueling Pianos Grand Villa Casino

Dueling Pianos

I’ve never been to Vegas, I couldn’t gamble myself out of a paper bag and I frankly have had little use for casinos in the past.  But, after an invite to visit the Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby, I am thinking somewhat differently about the whole “Casino as Entertainment” adventure.

The Grand Villa is beside the Delta Hotel Burnaby, which has recently been renovated and is more than just a comfortable place to rest your head.  The Hotel is home to Ebo Restaurant , one of the better dining experiences I had last year.  The actual Casino shows are held in Scala Lounge, and there’s also a Starbucks, a wine bar and food court in the building. Grand Dynasty Chinese Restaurant is also onsite as well as an Izakaya, G-Be Izakaya.  There’s no lack of dining choices.

The night I went out to Dueling Pianos, now held every Thursday night, I didn’t have any idea what to expect.  I was a little reluctant in fact.  I dined in the Scala Lounge, but the chef tested out the new menu from the Alpina Wine Bar on me, so it wasn’t what you’d normally get there, the menu in the lounge is more casual, including such items burger, sandwiches, ribs and perogies.

Crab Salad Grand Villa Wine Bar
Seared Lamb Grand Villa Wine Bar
Halibut Grand Villa Wine Bar
Scallops Grand Villa Wine Bar

Excellent flavours in all dishes, could have worked a bit on the temperature.  Part of this is because the items where coming from the tiny kitchen chef had to work out of and, as mentioned, these are usually upstairs at the wine bar.  I did a ticket giveaway for the casino and heard back from the winners that they had some great burgers that night, so might have to try these out on my next visit, which will be soon.

Singing Along at Dueling Pianos

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Dueling Piano Dancers and Singers

The piano playing itself was more of a cooperative effort than a duel, the idea is that the audience challenges the team to play their request and by the end of the night most where up singing and dancing along, including, I say rather embarrassingly, myself.  I got caught up in the fun after a couple of martinis, lets call it only partially liquid courage.

I am planning my return to the casino soon, there are many other shows, such as Dr. Strangelove and Tainted Lovers, but I am going back for Dueling Pianos and this time I am bringing out a few more of my friends.  I know I am not going to be the only one embarrassing myself and I will be bringing my camera to gather evidence.