75 West Coast Grill, formerly known as American Grill, opened its door to the public few months ago after a big renovation with the Vancouver Airport Marriott. I have never been to American Grill before, so I am not able to compare the decor between the two. But the revamp is definitely eye-catching. The earthy and marble decor and ambiance adds a comfortable and relaxing feel to the restaurant.
75 West Coast Grill features cuisine from the Pacific NorthWest, with a combination of signature dishes that best represent Canada. The menu focuses on shared plates, while having a wide selection of entrees, such as the recent feature of halibut. If you are only looking for a drink, you can choose from the extensive menu of wine, beer, and cocktail.
I tried multiple shared plates, and my first favourite is the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Using three different cheeses, aged cheddar, mozzarella, and Gruyere cheese, the flavor is rich and creamy. And I really enjoy watching the endless cheese pull with this dish. The boujee part of this dish is the generous amount of lobster meat, so make sure you grab a bite of everything to enjoy the dish at its fullest.
Fried Cauliflower & Brussel Sprouts is a classic appetizer to start off the meal. It is light and simple. Truffle oil is lightly coated on the vegetables, and they are seasoned with garlic, parmesan, and parsley. Spicy mayo is on the side as a dipping sauce. The seasoning is on point; however, I hope the brussel sprouts are crispier to add a crunchy texture to the dish.
Meat Balls is another classic tapas for most occasion. It uses pork, veal, and beef, which gives a tender and smooth texture. I hope the meatball itself have more flavor, maybe a pinch of salt or simmer in the roasted tomato sauce for a longer time.
I have never tried Blackened Halibut Collars before, which I found unique to find the dish at 75 West Coast Grill. Chef Danilo recommends us to squeeze all the lemon juice out to season the halibut collars. The meat is tender and juicy, but unfortunately there is not much flavor in the centre. Otherwise, it would be such an amazing dish.
Lamb Chops is my second favourite dish because 1) I love lamb 2) the seasoning is on point. Crushed peanuts and chimichurri sauce is lied on the tender lamb chops. I recommend to enjoy this dish with hands. It taste so good that I can even lip off my fingers!
Pork Belly Adobo is very similar to the Chinese crispy pork belly, but it is actually a Philippine dish. The pork belly was first braised, then fried. It is seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, and spices. Pickled green papaya lightens the heaviness from the dish, as well as the garlic chips. The skin is crispy, and the meat is so tender that it melts in my mouth.
Although I have never been to American Grill, the redesigned 75 West Coast Grill does not disappoint me. According to Chef Danilo, the menu keeps some signature and popular items from the old menu, as well as adding new components to it. I am surprised that my favourite dish is the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, because it is not as heavy as I expected. It makes a perfect shared plate with small groups of friend. I also recommend the Lamb Chops, because it is tender and juicy. The crushed peanut and chimichurri also adds flavor and crunchiness to the dish. The convenient location and relaxing ambiance makes this restaurant an awesome choice for happy hour or dinner.
Taste : 4/5 • Service: N/A • Ambiance: 4.5/5 • Quality-Price: N/A
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