Vancouver Eats – Baru Latino (Kitsilano)
“For $80 for both of us, I expected us to be full…!” – Patch
I’m not a fan of the Vancouver Dine Out event but once in awhile I will go mainly because of company. I don’t like limiting my dinner choices and if I want to save money, I browse through my Entertainment Book. But I actually don’t save that much by dining out, maybe just the cost of dessert.
My friends wanted to try Baru Latino for Dine Out so I decided to join them. Baru is quietly tucked away on Alma by Broadway – across from Chevron, steps from True Confections, Le Petit Spa and La Patisserie Bakery.
For this post, I won’t describe the food too much and let the photos do the talking. That’s probably what I’ll start doing with most upcoming food posts if there’s nothing outstanding about the food (or super horrendous). No point in posting “This lemon tart tastes… lemony.” But if you want this long story short, I was disappointed with tonight’s meal.
I didn’t know empenadas are fried like this, but the wrap is thick and salted. It tastes very much like the dim sum Salty Water Corner (Haam Sui Gock). I tried the cheese and the beef and it is what it is. The dip is like a sundried tomato salsa, also a bit salty.
It comes with a plantain chip and the ceviche is very limey and not cilantro-ey! The avocado is chunky with a few pieces of shrimp and halibut. Very small serving. I placed the lime wedge there so you have an idea of how much of the ceviche is served, it’s not even a large wedge of lime. 😦 This was defintely not worth $15 on the regular tapas menu.
The beef was very tasty and my husband finished his in about 5 minutes. and started eyeing my paella. He was kind enough to not start digging into my plate but I was kinder to offer him some. When we looked back at the regular menu online, this was a tapas, worth $10 at most.
There was nothing special about this dish. I was highly disappointed that the mussels were slightly undercooked (but sweet) and that it barely counted as half a serving. That was like one scoop of paella! 😦 There were chorizo and halibut pieces, 2 mussels, 2 prawns, a scallop but I don’t recall seeing or tasting chicken.
Dessert was toothache on a plate. All 6 of us agreed that it was very very sweet. The flan was like a big ball of evaporated and condensed milk. I finished it with the fruit sauce. The sauce was tangy and tasty but it couldn’t even mask the sweetness of the flan. This was poorly done.
Overall, I was not happy with tonight’s meal. I read other food blog’s regarding this restaurant and their food looked a lot more better and generally a lot more. Sure, it’s DOV and maybe this is a sample menu, but seriously, I got just a few bites from the appy and paella. If it was $18 instead of $28, I would not be as upset leaving the restaurant still hungry.
And why is the restaurant so dark? To be honest, I wasn’t planning to take photos of my food for blogging reasons. I brought my camera to take pics of me and Patch but I ended up taking pics of my food so I can see what’s on my plate. The ambience is nice but it was too dark to actually see the food.
For $80 for me and Patch, we would gladly pay some more and have a nice meal at Le Croc or dine at Les Faux and get some change back.