|Pommes Frites with Balsamic Reducition - Bin 941|
Whichever twin you chose to go to, they are both equally cozy. That coupled with the popularity means you will wait. Oh, to up that situation yet equalling the playing field, they do not take reservations. It is first come first serve. They open at five and that will be the only time you will not wait. We've waited upto an hour. There are about 4 stools in the small hallway in the back near the bathroom so we prefer to go up the road for a drink until they ring us.
Today however, we were both able to leave work early enough to beat the rush but just. We met there for quarter to six and got the last table. Yay!
Bin 941's concept is tapas but more accurately, small plates and on the small side as well. I used to live in Spain and feel that word is used rather fast and loose in North American fusion restaurants. Their menu has several of these small plates, as well as well as Mussels served with gorgeous toasted baguette, and Salads. The mussels and salads are more substantial but still small plate sized. I was not in a Mussel mood so we ordered three hot small plates, the Spinach Salad and Pommes Frites.
We ordered one Small plate each and shared one. D was in the mood for Lamb. So I ordered the Fresh Pacific Halibut, pan seared on a bed of greens in a thai curry coconut sauce with a side of Mango and Prawn Sunomono salad. D ordered the Grilled Lamb Chops with a lemon roast potato and sides of a Spanakopita on Tzatziki, Minced Greek Salad on Feta and a fried Olive. Our third hot plate was the Crab Cakes with burnt Orange sauce, Bok Choy with chipotle Oil, minced Cucumber salsa. We shared the Spinach Salad with Baby Golden and Red Beets and Fried Saganaki (cheese) nuggets in a Sherry Vinagrette and their signature shoe string Pommes Frites tossed in Pepper and drizzled in Balsamic reduction.
Now to start with the Pommes Frites. They are an item of great debate from posts I have seen so let me chime in. It depends. Yup. There's definitive for you. What I mean is they are messy, no doubt. The yummy Balsamic Reduction which is thankfully drizzled throughout and not just on top, is sticky and gooey. It comes in a heaping, glorious mound. So, if I were on an early stage date, I would not recommend you order these. You will be too self conscious and not fully enjoy them. As well, you'll be chatting very carefully and daintily eating slowly so they may may get cold. I love them. I ate them with my clean fingers, one at a time in rapid succession while D took them by hunky forkfulls while we comfortably talked. They were wonderfully dressed and piping hot throughout.
|Spinach and Baby Beet Salad|
|Crab Cakes with Burnt Orange Sauce and Chipotle Oil|
|Halibut in Curry Coconut Sauce|
|Lamb Chops with Spanakopita and Greek Salad|
Their Wine list has great variety and I believe everything is available by the glass so instead we ordered a few glasses rather than a bottle. I especially enjoyed the Briccotondo Barbera. ♥♥♥♥♥
Cost: $$$-$$$$ (for small plates)
Service: Friendly and attentive without stalking
Wine list: Lots of by the glass options
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St
Vancouver, BC V6Z