Dine Out 2012: Monk McQueens- Succulent Lamb Chops, Mediocre Onion Mushroom Tart

For my third and last Dine Out of 2012, I visited Monk
McQueens ($28 menu) with Rae, Trixie, Yoshi, and Sis. Monk McQueens is known for their
beautiful view of False Creek and West Coast cuisine.

Lucky for us, they sat us near  the window so we enjoyed a beautiful view
along with our meal which I think enhanced our overall dining experience.

We were first given a bread basket to share and it was
delightfully warm and soft. The bread was so good, we had to get seconds!

For my first course, I ordered the Caramelized Onion and Matsutake Mushroom Tart with amaranth braised
prune salad, burrata cheese, and Bristol cream vinaigrette. 

Unfortunately, the general consensus on this dish was that
it did not taste very good. I couldn’t find a single piece of mushroom inside
the tart and the “caramelized” onions were bland.

None of us knew what this was so we asked the server and she
said the bottom was made from a grain similar to quinoa and it is topped with
an olive tapenade. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but to me it tasted really

Sis and Yoshi ordered the Roasted Parsnip and Duck Veloute with shredded duck leg confit to
start and they LOVED it. To put it simply, it’s a parsnip and duck soup which
might not sound very outstanding but I assure you, this tasted a hundred times
better than the onion tart.

The Spring Lamb Chop
and Pot Pie
came next and it consisted of espresso rubbed double chop, soft
blue corn polenta, and a sour cherry cab franc demi.

The lamb chops were AMAZING. I absolutely loved the espresso
rub as well as the blue corn polenta. I never thought of putting espresso and
lamb together, but the flavours worked incredibly well together. It also helped
that the lamb chops were thick, juicy, and cooked to a perfect medium rare.

The dish also came with a minced meat pot pie on the side.

Even though the pot pie was very delicious, I felt like it
wasn’t necessary as the lamb chops were impressive enough to stand on its own. In
addition, I slipped into a little bit of a meat coma after because there was
just too much meat.

Rae ordered the Cedar
Jelly Glazed Roasted Sockeye Salmon
with roasted tomato, eggplant,
portobellini, and mussel & clam froth.

Rae enjoyed the variety of vegetables that came along with
the dish as well as the salmon. She thought it was a little dry but that was
her only criticism.

I was especially excited for the dessert because I saw ‘Avocado White Chocolate Chip Gelato’ on
the menu. The gelato is a side to the
Brownie Creme Brulee
and basically this is the only dessert offered on the
Dine Out menu.

To our surprise, the ice-cream came almost completely
frozen! It was really hard to cut through with a spoon so we had to wait for it
to melt a bit before eating. The gelato had chunks of avocado in it which was
interesting but I just wish it was made not so ahead of time.

The chocolate brownie crème brulee was actually crème brulee
with a piece of brownie in the middle. Both were delicious, but I could have
done without the brownie. I felt like the dessert had too many components which
made it all very ‘busy’. I would have been perfectly fine with just the crème brulee
and avocado white chocolate ice-cream.

The crème brulee made a nice crackling sound when I tapped
the hardened sugar crust. As well, the custard was light and smooth so thumbs

Based on these reasons:
  • gorgeous view of False Creek
  • Lamb Chops are amazing! 
  • pretty innovative dishes
Food Rating: 3/5
Service Rating: 4/5
Price: $$$-$$$ ($20-40)

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

<– my image of onion and mushroom tart 😛

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4 thoughts on “Dine Out 2012: Monk McQueens- Succulent Lamb Chops, Mediocre Onion Mushroom Tart

  • January 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This is another place I didn't want to vote "don't like" on Urbanspoon, but I wasn't particularly impressed. I guess I just expected a whole lot better for the price. The food tasted good, but the portions were soooo small!


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