>> Friday, February 5, 2010
Atmosphere: Petite and cozy dining area which creates an intimate setting perfect for those looking for a bit of quiet in busy Mission. They also have an amazing rooftop patio which is not to be missed during the summer.
Price Range: Mid $10s - $20+, different pricing structure for wines (2oz, 5oz, half bottles and full bottles available)
Food & Wine: When you order the Eggplant Chips, don’t expect conventional chips to arrive at your table. Instead, what you get is much more satisfying. Thinly sliced sections of eggplant are coated in crunchy panko breadcrumbs and then covered with pomegranate molasses and served with a mint yogurt dip. Preparing the eggplants this way gives the dish a textural contrast between the crunchy panko exterior with the soft interior.
The Lobster Nachos has been on the menu since the very beginning and continues to be a favourite amongst diners because of its ingenuous use of lobster. The nachos are good for sharing, however if you have a big appetite definitely go with the larger order or even get a couple to share. How the lobster elevated poutine, here it does the same to the nachos. The briny flavours meld well with the gooey cheesiness of the dish and I’m a sucker for chips in general.
With all the great food at Vin Room, one often forgets that the food is there to compliment the wine, which often poses great difficultly for me to pick and choose from since there are so many great selections. Luckily for us, there is a 2oz taster offered for most wines allowing those to sample various vintages. For those that know exactly what they are looking for, there is the standard glass (5oz), half bottle (13oz) or full bottle variations as well.
I usually like to start with a couple 2oz tasters and then later order a half or full bottle for the remainder of the evening. My favorite that night was the 2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo from Piedmont Italy. An elegant medium bodied wine with notes of cherry and spice. Its great either as a drinking wine or to accompany food.
My Picks: Pan Seared Scallops, Eggplant Chips
Vin Room Mission
2310 4 Street SW