Main Street is currently the hot spot for dining out, as the number of innovative restaurants in East Vancouver appears to grow weekly. Crave Restaurant is one such celebrated hit, so popular customers are required to put their name on a waiting list on any given night. However, killing time at the bar is the logical thing to do, and pleasant enough. Crave's bartender is skilled at his profession, offering enough alcoholic beverages to kill the entire night away. As for beverages, there are copious choices: wines by the glass or bottle, pitchers of beer, a nice selection of martinis, as well as a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.
Favourite items to date include the cobb salad, ahi tuna roll, and the tempura prawn and calamari dish. The chicken cobb salad is a perfect blend of textures and flavours, the buttermilk-fried chicken arrived still sizzling hot, with two generous chunks of battered, well-seasoned chicken ($11.00). The base of the salad consisted of crisp romaine leaves, tossed in a light ranch dressing, with crumbled aged cheddar and blue cheese. Tossed into the heaping salad were slivers of green onion, chopped egg, bits of old-fashion cured bacon, roasted corn, and sun-dried tomatoes.
The ahi tuna tempura roll ($10.00) is actually one gigantic maki roll which covers the entire plate, the nori tightly wrapped around a dark pink, silky smooth seared tuna. Ponzu sauce and wasabi complete the dish.
The airy tempura prawn and calamari dish ($11.00) is a deadly dish for those trying to be 'good' this holiday season. The prawns and calamari is sauced up with a rich fennel citrus remoulade, tasting of enough calories to make any weight watcher rightly worried.
Dessert was a treat, the lemon filling tasting of a sweet, soft, creamy finish, in a buttery, still-crisp crust ($7.00).
Reviewed by: Christine G. Louie
Last reviewed: December 18th, 2006