“Meatless Mardi” at the Provence Mediterranean Grill October 20, 2010
At the kind invitation of chef and proprietor Alessandra Quaglia, my “plus one” and I attended the Provence Mediterranean Grill’s inaugural “Meatless Mardi” last night. While Vancouver has a plethora of fantastic vegetarian restaurants, generally none of them offer anything resembling traditional fine-dining. Provence’s tasteful and cozy environment and Tuesday night menu changes that, providing an authentic upscale French dining experience.
Meatless Mardi is an experiment for proprietress Alessandra, but one she seems passionate about, expressing a genuine concern about the environmental impacts of meat production. She has taken the concerns of vegans and others with specific dietary needs to heart in selecting the foods and ingredients used for the evening: the breads are dairy-free, and the main course can be veganized on request. She mentioned the possibility of making everything vegan by default in future.
with Tomato Basil Coulis, and with Daiya mozarella substituted for the goat cheese on request. The presentation was excellent, and the robust melody of flavours was fantastic. This is absolutely a dish that anyone can surely appreciate. We had organic herbal teas, and then dessert was Pear Ginger Tarte Tatin with Chocolate Sorbetto. Absolutely delicious.
Provence Mediterranean Grill
4473 West 10th Ave.