Review: Another Visit to MARKET by Jean-Georges

by gigi on May 18, 2009

After Pick’s glowing review of MARKET by Jean-Georges, I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried it out myself. Luckily for me, I was meeting up with Jason for dinner and as we brainstormed which restaurant to try out, we realized that neither of us had been to MARKET yet and it was on both our lists of places to try. Located at the Shangri-La Hotel, MARKET has quite a good offering of West Coast/American fare and had a very steady stream of customers even during the week.

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As we perused the menu, a server came around with bread for the both of us. It looked tasty enough but when I bit into it, I found the bread to be too hard and dense for my liking. I think the bread probably would have tasted better if it had been warmed up but it was not.

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I decided to start my meal with the sea urchin toast, which was dressed with some yuzu and jalapeno ($12). I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I really enjoy the taste and texture of sea urchin when it’s fresh so I decided to take a gamble. The sea urchin was creamy and had a slightly bitter and sweet taste to it, which I really liked. The crispy rye toast contrasted nicely with the sea urchin’s creamy texture and was punctuated by the tangy yuzu sauce and the slight kick of the jalapeno. It was so tasty that I was reluctant to offer Jason a piece, but being the good friend I was, I told him to try a piece. :)

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For my main course, I decided to go with the sablefish ($26). The sablefish had a crust of nuts and other seeds and came on a bed of vegetables and a creamy broth. The broth was supposed to be sweet and sour so I assumed it would be a light, clear broth but it turned out to be creamy and quite rich. Although it was nice, it was heavier than what I had expected. The sablefish itself was prepared quite nicely and the buttery flakes of the fish went very well with the crunchy nutty crust.

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Jason decided to go with the soy glazed short ribs that came with an apple-jalapeno puree and rosemary crumbs ($22). The short ribs were very tender and tasty. It went quite well and its slight saltiness went well with the sweet apple-jalapeno puree.

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As a side dish, Jason added some turtle beans. We debated a bit as to what this could have been and our server could only describe the beans as being very tasty and fantastic. When the side came, we discovered that turtle beans turned out to be very similar to black-eye peas. :) Although tasty, there wasn’t anything very special about them but at least now we know what turtle beans are.

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We were both quite full by now so we decided to share the caramelized banana cake with pralines and caramel ice cream ($8). The best description I can think of for this would be fancy, upscale banana bread. :) That being said, it was probably the best banana bread I’ve ever had. The thinly sliced and caramelized bananas on top of the cake provided an extra banana flavour and I also liked how the bananas were slightly crispy on top. The caramel ice cream also had a bit of salt in it, which I felt brought out the caramel flavour and countered the sweetness quite well. I enjoyed collecting all the parts of this dessert on my fork and eating everything in one bite. :)

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Both Jason and I quite enjoyed our meal at MARKET. Our server was quite attentive but we both felt she could have been a bit more knowledgeable about the dishes and some of the questions we had. :) If you’re looking for a fancier meal with a nice variety of dishes, sometimes with an Asian or French twist to it, MARKET is worth a try. I’m actually going to be headed back here next week to check out their executive lunch special, which is a 3-course lunch for $28. :) They are quite busy, even on weekdays, so reservations are recommended.

Details:
1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-695-1115

Summary:
Food: [rating:4]
Service: [rating:3]
Price: $$$

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