The Art of Taste

I’ve always wanted to check out Mosaic Bar and Grille inside the Hyatt but I could never find a willing companion. Thankfully Vaneats came out with an awesome dining package called “The Art of Taste” and I was immediately able to find someone to come try it out with me!

S and I arrived on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. We had a lovely table by the window (hence the better than normal pictures!) and our server was really nice.

The package includes an Appetizer, Entree and Dessert from a pre-selected menu (Local Seasonal Spring Salad, Warm a la Minute Smoked Skuna Bay Salmon, 24 Hour Braised Spring Creek Short Ribs, Grilled Long Line Caught BC Ling Cod, Banana Split, and Mosaic Chocolate Cake). Since there were two choices in each category, S and I just ordered one of each!

We started off with some delicious biscuits. These were warm and salty and it was so hard to restrain myself from eating too many!

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The presentation of the salmon was very cool. The smoke billowing out everywhere! Personally the best part of this dish was the ‘sauce’. (The orange drops) This is my own personal opinion. The avocado was mostly tasteless and the salmon tasted like incense in my mouth. It was really not very appetizing ): But gorgeous plating.

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The salad was fresh and crunchy as expected. Everything was sliced thinly and I regret not getting this as my starter as I quite liked the veg in here.

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The package says that the fish is Ling Cod, but I’m pretty sure that this was something else. I’m not 100% sure what but I do recall when we were presented with the special menu it varied slightly from what was promised on the Vaneats website. Nonetheless I loved  this dish and if it weren’t so uncouth I would have licked the plate clean! The shitake mushrooms leant a perfect amount of umami to the dish and the fish was perfectly seared. This is a dish I would eat again and again!

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My friend chose the short ribs and I had a bit of it. Personally my favourite item on the plate was the morels. The meat was tender as expected but still a bit stringy in parts. The puree was smooth and went very well with the sauce. I still preferred my fish though!

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I personally dislike bananas. I really really really REALLY hate bananas. They are basically the only thing on this planet that I will not eat. So you can probably guess that my friend ordered this. It is ENORMOUS. The portions of our previous dishes were restrained but this dessert was more than generous. S and I barely made a dent in it. I adored the almond caramel chip. It almost broke my teeth but it was soooo yummy! The ice cream had a gelato quality to it – super creamy and not too sweet with flecks of vanilla beans. The fresh fruit was very much appreciated to cut through the otherwise cloyingly sweet dessert.

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At this point we were beyond stuff and I packed the cake to go. I had a bite of it as a midnight snack later that night and it was still very moist and mildly chocolatey. I expected it to be this huge chocolatey mountain of fudge but it was actually quite light and not too sweet! It was enormous though!

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Overall I really enjoyed my meal at Mosaic. The package made it a great deal and definitely prompted me to come back sans package to try out the restaurants other offerings. The location is great, the service was wonderful and the food was delicious. This meal is definitely worth repeating!

 
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