Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and Bar Dine Out Vancouver Preview

Where did I eat?

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and Bar at 765 Beatty Street in Vancouver.

What do they specialize in?

Italian food.

What was the vibe?

Upscale, cozy, dark.

What did I order?

This dinner was a preview for their Dine Out Vancouver 2015 menu. To view the menu you can visit the Dine Out Vancouver website.

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Tomato Caprese Salad windset farm tomato, bocconcini, balsamic crema and fresh basil

  • This salad was light, simple, and fresh
  • I really liked the addition of the yellow tomato to the salad

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Veal Ravioli housemade ravioli, fresh basil, ricotta, and organic tomato sauce

  • I’m not normally crazy about ravioli, but I really liked these because the veal meat was so tender and moist
  • The tomato sauce on top tasted really fresh and light and allowed you to taste the flavour of the meat inside
  • I would highly recommend this dish for the second course option

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Saltspring Mussels italian sausage, concerto tomato, garlic, white wine, basil, and grilled filone

  • I wasn’t crazy about the Italian sausage combined with the mussels. I didn’t like the two textures together
  • The sauce was good. You can’t go wrong with garlic and white wine in anything.

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Lobster Agnolotti (+$3) supplement hand made with fresh east coast Maine lobster, rock crab, fresh pasta, lobster cream broth, roasted concerto tomato

  • Although it looked like the ravioli, this pasta had a more firm texture
  • The sauce was very creamy and had a buttery lobster taste
  • I preferred the veal ravioli to this because I felt like it had brighter flavours

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Bistecca Pomodoro pan seared medallions of triple A beef, café de paris butter, broccolini, with spaghetti pomodoro

  • The steak was tender although I would have preferred mine a bit more rare
  • The spaghetti was simple and well executed

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Jumbo Shrimp Scampi lemon mascarpone cream, garlic, and shallots

  • The shrimp were cooked perfectly and had a pleasantly bouncy texture
  • The mascarpone cream sauce was rich and indulgent and the hint of citrus really brightened up the dish

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Marsala Chicken rossdown chicken breast, marsala wine, mushroom sauce, with seasonal vegetables and fingerling potato

  • The chicken had a lightly seared crust, but I felt like it could have been more moist.
  • I really like the marsala wine and mushroom sauce because of its creamy, earthy, flavour.

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Seafood linguini (+$5) Half lobster, clams, mussels, fresh fish, jumbo prawns, organic tomato sauce

  • This was definitely my favourite dish out of the third course options and I think it is worth paying for the upgrade.
  • The linguini was really good on its own and it tasted even better combined with the buttery lobster and salty seafood flavours

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Signature Tiramisu (+$5) Frankie’s house-made version of the classic venetian dessert with mascarpone cheese, espresso dipped lady fingers and heavy cream
  • I always have to end my meal on a sweet note, so I think the extra $5 to add a dessert is a wise investment
  • This tiramisu is very light and airy, which is a good way to end a heavy pasta meal
  • The espresso flavour wasn’t super strong and there was a good balance between the coffee  and creamy cheese elements

Final Thoughts?

I thought it was a cool idea for Frankie’s to do three savoury courses instead of the traditional appie/entree/dessert combo and I feel like you get better value this way.

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Categories: Downtown, Italian, Vancouver

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