On March 28th, 2014 Romer’s Burger Bar in Kitsilano held a Beer Master dinner featuring Unibroue out of Quebec. Seeing as the Chef creating the dishes for this event is family (well close enough) I had to make sure that I made it to this event! Aaron made dishes that both paired amazingly with each beer involved but also had each beer cooked into it.
Below is the Menu from the dinner.
The dinner Started with Aaron talking about his dishes and how he cooked the beer into each dish. Once Aaron was finished he disappeared to the kitchen to get the food on the move. Next Silvin Bouchard the Beer Somelier from Unibroue came up to talk. And talk he did! Silvin is quite the talker even if the only learned English two weeks ago (he is full of it!). He talked on the history of the Brewery and all 4 beer that we enjoyed during our dinner. For each course he came up in front of the group and told us the story of the beer, label and all the french fables that inspired them.
Cream of Celery and Comfit Garlic Soup
Parmesan Cheddar Crostini
Caramelised Onion and Walnut Pesto
paired with – La Fin Du Monde (Belgian Triple)
This was an amazingly flavourful soup! I had tasted an early version of this soup the weekend before and it had nothing on this one! The description of the dish tells you exactly what it tasted like with a hit of saltiness. The La Fin Du Monde paired well with this dish because of the spices and the overall fruity flavour didn’t hurt either. For a beer of 9% you would never guess it as it is very well balance.
Pan Seared Local Coho Salmon
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Lemon Nut Butter
Paired with – Blanche De Chambly (Witbier)
This salmon was to die for with great lemony citrus notes. This was probably the best Gnocchi that I have ever had as it was just full of flavour! I am also a nut for asparagus so I always like finding it on my plate. The Blanche De Chambly is so full of citrus flavour as well as spices like coriander. This was a paring made in heaven.
Bacon wrapped Chorizodor Meatloaf
Roasted Apple Cheddar Mash Potatoes
Paired with – Maudite (Belgian Strong Ale)
This course stole the entire show! This Chorizo spiced pork and beef meatloaf wrapped in bacon was to die for! If this version was on the menu I might be there every night. It had some good mild spice and smokiness. The wild mushrooms really accented the meat well. Mash Potatoes are always great but add some cheddar and apple to it and you have a winning combination. This was a big dish and it needed a good big strong beer to match and thus Maudite at 8% was used. The beer has huge flavours with lots of spices, coriander, orange and caramel. Excellent is all I can really come up with!
Chocolate Beer Fudge Cake
Preserved Ginger Marscapone
Paired with – Trois Pistoles (Belgian Strong Ale)
This was more or less a big chocolate brownie and it was a great desert. The Ginger Marscapone was also amazing and was a great topper to the cake. The Trois Pistoles is another strong beer with a tone of flavour but it is quite desert like itself with lots of dark fruit flavours as well as some anise and spices.
Overall Aaron Clark, Silvin Bouchard, and the entire staff of Romer’s Burger Bar Kitsilano put on an amazing dinner and I look forward to seeing what they can do to top it next time around!
Romber’s Burger Bar Kitsilano
1873 West 4th Ave