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Dine Out: Society Dining Lounge

4 May

Society Dining Lounge

www.society-grg.ca

604-629-8800

1257 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC
(Hamilton between Davie and Drake)

Monday thru Thursday 11:30am-1:00am
Friday 11:30am-2:00am
Saturday 4:30pm-2:00am
Sunday 4:30pm-1:00am

For Dine Out:

Food: 3/5

Ambiance: 4.5/5

Service: 4.5/5

The kick ass neon pink chandeliers hanging from the ceiling

My friend Nan (@misonani) and I tried out Society for Dine Out 2010. With Society having been open for less than a year, I thought it was great that they decided to participate in Dine Out this year- with an $18 menu no less!

I’ve been dying to go to Society ever since I found out about their Junk Food Platter (check out this great review by Follow Me Foodie). A look at Society’s regular menu tells you instantly that they’re the kind of place that does comfort food in a gourmet, but still “everyone friendly” kind of way (aka you can get your favorite food here, made a little on the fancy side, but with that same comforting feeling you always get when you bite into it!). This is what they had on their Dine Out dinner menu:

Classic Tomato Soup
mini grilled cheese sandwich
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Council’s Punch Bowl’ Sauvignon Blanc
— or — Mac and Cheese Ball
jalapeno, white cheddar
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Major Allen’ Merlot
— or — Ceasar Salad
house cured bacon bits, forno baked croutons, shaved parmesan
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Major Allen’ Merlot
Blackened Wild BC Salmon
tequila dressing, guacamole, salsa
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ Townsend Jack’ Unoaked Chardonnay
— or — Penne Primavera
zucchini, eggplant, roasted peppers, pesto and goat’s cheese
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ Townsend Jack’ Unoaked Chardonnay
— or — Grilled Beef Shortrib
house cut french fries
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Haynes Barn’ Cabernet Merlot
Dessert Platter
Bread Pudding, Donuts, Mini Cup Cake, Cookies
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Lost Bars’ Vidal Icewine

I had the Tomato Soup and Blackened Salmon while Nan had the Mac n Cheese Balls and Grilled Short Ribs. For dessert, we were given one of each food listed. We also both enjoyed the featured cocktail for the night called “Tropic Thunder.” I’m not too sure what was in it, but it definitely had mango and vodka in it. It was sweet and the alcohol wasn’t a strong flavor, which is always a hit with me!

Tropic Thunder

Let’s go through each course one by one:

Appetizer


Mac n Cheese Balls – 2/5

These were made with jalapeno and white cheddar to give them a tex mex vibe. The jalapeno’s weren’t spicy at all and didn’t take over the taste of the dish. I’m a big fan of cheese and was hoping these balls would be really cheesy and gooey. In the end, the mac and cheese was just a step above what some good ol’ Kraft Dinner would’ve tasted like.

Tomato Soup – 3/5

The first thing I noticed was that there was no mini grilled cheese sandwich accompanying my soup. A look at the Dine Out menu they give you at the restaurant didn’t list the sandwich as a side to the soup, yet the menu on the Dine Out menu still shows that the sandwich is supposed to be there. Whether it was a mistake or not, I was more than a little disappointed to not see any sandwich grilled or otherwise with my soup.

Still, that may have been a good thing as for the price point, you get a heck of a lot of soup. It was creamy and just a little sour, but in the good natural tomato flavor kind of way. I really enjoyed this actually and finished the giant bowl- but I still would’ve enjoyed it with my mini grilled cheese sandwich.

Entree

Blackened Salmon 3.5/5

This was awesome. I had never thought to eat salmon with salsa and guacamole before! The salmon was cooked perfectly and had a real nice crust on the outside. The guacamole was spicy and gave a nice kick to the dish rather than burn your throat as it went down (aka it was spicy in a good way lol). The dish came with greens and a tequila dressing, but I couldn’t taste the tequila anywhere. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing at this point.

Grilled Beef Shortrib – 3/5

The beef was perfectly cooked and pretty much flaked off on to my fork. The bbq sauce it came with was sweet and smoky, accenting the beef really well. The fries were also good. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. According to some this is the perfect fry, but I do prefer mine to be crispy all the way through. I also learned that the ketchup at Society is homemade and it was pretty darn good to boot!

Dessert and Top 5 Faves

This was easily mine and Nan’s favorite part of the dinner!! Nan called the bourbon Bread Pudding as her number 1 dessert, while I absolutely fell in love with the donut holes. These would definitely be my TOP 5 FAVES for this restaurant:

Donut Holes – 5/5

Okay. So I practically cried as soon as I bit into this. Served warm and drenched in powder sugar, we were told to dip it into a vanilla bean cream anglaise. What I didn’t realize was that the donut was filled with a delicious custard that just made this whole thing into one little taste of heaven.

Bread Pudding – 4.5/5 (though Nan would probably say it’s a 5/5 =P)

The bread pudding was cooked with a bourbon based mixture that really jam packed this dish full of flavor. The bread was soft and warm, and each bite just oozed a delicious sauce on to your tongue. There were also some raisins in this dish as well. After Nan and I had finished our donuts (regrettably) we poured the rest of the cream into the bread pudding, which just sent our taste buds into overload- in a really, really good way.

Chocolate Chip Cookies – 1/5

These were thinnish cookies, which made them crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. For some reason though, the chocolate had the taste and texture of raisins, which made the whole cookie taste raisin-y. I’m not a fan of raisins, so I didn’t really enjoy these that much.

Rice Krispie Squares – 3/5

I though these were really cute. Instead of squares made the traditional way, this was came as a homemade marshmallow square that had been rolled in rice krispies. It was sweet and extremely soft, so though quite yummy, I missed the satisfying crunch I get whenever I bite into a traditional rice krispie square.

Mini Cup Cake 3/5

This was essentially a mini Hostess Ding Dong. It was very rich, very chocolate-y and very soft. You can’t go wrong with that combination and Society definitely didn’t!

The Verdict

Nan and I agreed that this was a pretty good Dine Out choice. Like I mentioned the dessert was the best part and was all we could think about as soon as we sat down. The appetizer and entree choices are probably not things I would’ve chosen off the regular menu, but were all satisfying and full of flavour nonetheless. Nan and I will definitely be coming back here to try some other comforting goodies- and to enjoy that junk food platter all over again!

**Service

I just wanted to make a special note about the service here. Our server was very helpful and when she saw me taking pictures of our food, she even offered to take a picture of Nan and I on our little date. The bartender even came by to see how we liked our cocktails and what we thought. We also had another member of the staff come by during dessert to see how we were enjoying everything. He was really nice and joked around with us about how he’d let us put the chef in a to-go bag so we could enjoy the desserts anytime we wanted. It wasn’t until later that I learned this guy was actually Emad Yacoub- President and CEO of Glowbal Restaurant Group.

That really impressed me. I love that the President of such a successful company still takes the time to work on the floor, serve alongside his staff and interact with customers. It was such a surprise and kind of made up for that MIA grilled cheese sandwich. In a nutshell, really amazing service over at Society Dining Lounge!

Classic Tomato Soup
mini grilled cheese sandwich
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Council’s Punch Bowl’ Sauvignon Blanc
— or — Mac and Cheese Ball
jalapeno, white cheddar
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Major Allen’ Merlot
— or — Ceasar Salad
house cured bacon bits, forno baked croutons, shaved parmesan
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Major Allen’ Merlot
Blackened Wild BC Salmon
tequila dressing, guacamole, salsa
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ Townsend Jack’ Unoaked Chardonnay
— or — Penne Primavera
zucchini, eggplant, roasted peppers, pesto and goat’s cheese
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ Townsend Jack’ Unoaked Chardonnay
— or — Grilled Beef Shortrib
house cut french fries
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Haynes Barn’ Cabernet Merlot
Dessert Platter
Bread Pudding, Donuts, Mini Cup Cake, Cookies
VQA Suggested
Wine Pairing
Prospect ~ ‘Lost Bars’ Vidal Icewine