Without a sense of taste, babies would be continually confused by their immediate surroundings and grown humans would never find their way out of mashed-potato labyrinths. Develop your mouth’s most powerful research tool with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a four-course tasting menu for one at Regional Tasting Lounge in Yaletown (a $98 value).
Regional Tasting Lounge unites multiple global flavours and cuisine styles in its gourmand fare. A Groupon-exclusive tasting menu begins with duck pâté's introduction to the dining room's green-and-gold interior in the form of foie gras au torchon with roasted hazelnuts and handpicked greens, followed by a second course parade of house-made lobster gnocchi in rosemary cream. Blue-foot chicken in a green curry with egg, cilantro, and lime swaggers onto the hardwood table in a third course, leading up to a finale of lamb confit d’agneau posing in a pool of sherry glaze, green beans, and Israeli couscous. Although the fixed menu may change, all courses, like wife-seeking bachelors, can find fruitful partners with an optional wine pairing from a selection of more than 30 wines served by the glass (available at an additional charge). The resident sommelier tickles palates with international pours and grape-flavoured feathers, as well as local Young & Wyse’s 2008 merlot from Okanagan Valley and Clos du Soleil’s 2008 sauvignon blanc from Similkameen Valley.
Regional Tasting Lounge
Executive chef Michael de Grazia and his kitchen staff at Regional Tasting Lounge are masters of plate geography. Drawing from their menu of contemporary world cuisine, they map out pairings of house-smoked duck and Italian-style burrata salad and duck confit glazed with bitter marmalade. Seafood flavours abound on the Thai green-curry mussels and the Cajun crab-and-prawn cakes, which guests can complement with the eatery's cocktails, carefully selected wines, specialty coffees, and house-made lemon aperitif. Occasionally, the staff hosts events, such as a wine-and-cheese night and scotch night, a reasonable compromise to the recently discontinued "Take Your Scotch to Work Day."