Update: This restaurant has sadly closed 😢.
We better be soaking up as much patio time as we can while we can! Meeting up for lunch one day brought PrettySis, 2Sis and I to Chill Winston in Gastown.
PrettySis ordered a Medea ($12.50) for 2Sis and it was gorgeous. It was made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Campari, grapefruit juice, sage, and sparkling wine. To be stirred before enjoying.
PrettySis has adventurous(ish) tastes like me so she picked the Ostrich Tartare ($18). Made with “hand-cut BC ostrich pearl (a cut of meat), quail egg, potato chips, chicharrón, house pickles, and chimichurri.”
The tartare was delicious and tender. The meat was very nicely seasoned and the potato chips were equally awesome, and we were told that we could get more if we wanted. The plate was just so pretty. The chicharrón was a little bland though and could be even crispier and lighter in my opinion.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE grilled octopus, so of course when I saw Octopus ($18.25) on the menu my eyes glazed over and I could not see anything else. The plate consisted of “Grilled Pacific octopus, arugula, Fresno jala- peño, smoked potato, & romesco sauce.”
I must say the octopus at Chill Winston is on par if not better than my favorite octopus prep restaurant L’Abattoir! I just might have found a new favorite restaurant!!
2Sis chose the Leeks & Mushrooms ($15.75) which is a fabulous presentation of “butter-poached leeks, snap pea purée, confit wild mushrooms, and pickled local nectarines.”
I had a few bites of her plate and the leeks were divine. They were so sweet and tender from the poaching and the mushrooms were rich and delicious from the better. As for the pickled nectarine, I wouldn’t have guessed if not for looking back at the menu while writing this. We all thought it was daikon at the moment.
I think it’s safe to say we all loved loved loved the experience at Chill Winston. I really hope to return soon.