Checking up on Feenie.

By George Froehlich


Time for a recheck on Rob Feenie’s new menu items at the Cactus Club.

Last summer we tasted some of his creations at the restaurant chain’s corporate test kitchen in Vancouver on West Broadway and Ash, the only place they were available.

So we checked out his items – the same we had in the test kitchen – at their South Surrey location.

Tuna tataki, a Japanese appetizer served with Yuzu vinaigrette.

The Albacore tuna was nicely seared on the outside and pink on the inside. Eight slices of tuna surrounded by green mango papaya slaw with tiny cubed bits of orange and avocado.

This was and still is our favourite dish.

The tuna tender as butter, the slaw crunchy, its taste enhanced by the orange and avocado. The vinaigrette was a bit lemony and also a bit sweet. All in all a great taste.

Next was the Butternut squash ravioli bathed in a truffle beurre blanc sauce.

Six perfectly hand-shaped pieces of ravioli arrived with that great butter sauce and that slight truffle taste.

The ravioli’s were topped off with tiny crumbs of Amaretti (an Italian cookie made with almonds, sugar and flour) and a bit of shaved Reggiano Parmigiano.

The perfectly cooked al dente pasta with the creamy, yet earthy butternut squash, were the perfect complement to that stunning truffle beurre blanc sauce.

The Rocket salad of sliced chicken breast breaded with Panko and Parmesan, was nice and light and so flavourful.

Baby arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes and big sliced chunks of strawberries with cubed colored peppers, provided a great medley of garden greens.

The flavour of the chicken and the cheese came through with the strawberries providing a bit of sweetness to the tartness of the lemon caper sauce dressing.

Our three cheddar cheese bacon mini-burgers were terrific. You could actually taste the beef, unlike so many other hamburgers that taste like dried sawdust.

Once again, it was an excellent meal with great service

Here is more info about Feenie’s dishes.

George Froehlich has more than 35 years media experience abroad and in Canada. He is an avid cook, art collector and world-wide traveler. New York still is his favourite city. For more than two years he has been producing the Savvy Insider, a funky, eclectic newsletter that’s all Metro Vancouver and what makes it one of the great cities of the world. Check out his site, and stay bookmarked to Poivre Media for weekly “edible” anecdotes from George.

About Lauren Mote

Lauren has been an intricate part of the food industry for many years. Whether it’s behind the bar, in the kitchen, tasting and learning about wine, or sitting with her laptop writing food stories and reviews at the local coffee house, it was clear at an early age that Lauren’s professional and personal life would be completely consumed by the joy and passion of edibles.
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