Historic Chinatown gradually went through subtle changes over the years as old school stores and eateries that our parents took us to are being replaced by hipster restaurants, organic groceries, and even a store that sells skateboards. This was one such restaurant.
Don’t let the Chinatown suffix mislead you, it only denotes its location and not its cuisine – although many dishes included a slight Asian accent.
The Big Trouble does indicate its ambition on its take on Pacific Northwest cooking – causing trouble in a traditional formula. I’ve been screaming murder on how Pacific Northwest is beginning to get boring and I’m happy places like this are giving Pacific Northwest a contemporary update and really shaping up the food culture in Vancouver.
As with most hipster eateries these days, format was family style shared plates, so bring a few friends.
Blodynamic Greens, Shaved Veg, Sherry Vin.
Radishes, Kalamata Olive Soil, Herbed Oil.
Wild Spring Salmon, Cucumber, Pickled Shimejis.
Peking Quails, Beets, Wild Rice.
Gnocchi, Confit Duck, Broccoli.
Lamb Breast, Mushrooms, Summer Squash.
Aubergine Dumplings, Pine Nut Thai Curry.
Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Crumble, Strawberry & Basil.
Cheesecake, Pickled Rhubarb, Shortbread.
Salmon already has a good flavor and texture so you don’t need to mess with it much, and good thing they didn’t. Quails are an unusual ingredient around these parts, but I thought it paired well with the sweet beets and roasted rice for the extra crunch.
For others, the duck and lamb were well cooked, but its sides just didn’t highlight the protein well enough and made them each a forgettable dish.
While the dishes were unique by themselves, and there were no cooking errors, ultimately, few left a lasting impression. Big Trouble needs to make bigger, bolder tastes to win me over the likes of Farmer’s Apprentice and Burdock & Co., which its food reminded me of.