So I searched up what the word locus meant on Google, and this is what came up:
Noun: 1. A particular position, point or place OR 2. The effective or perceived location of something abstract
Interesting…perhaps the name suggests that it is THE place…sorry I mean, perhaps the name suggests that the true LOCUS of enjoyment and gastronomy IS the Locus Restaurant. HAHA, I don’t know…just a guess.
First of all, Locus is located at :
4121 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 708-4121
Locus really gives a mysterious and romantic vibe when you enter the premise, and it was because it was extremely, extremely dark in there. All you can make out at the moment you go in, are the flickering flames from the candles placed on top of the wooden tables. I couldn’t see where I was going for several minutes until my eyes started to get use to the dimly lit restaurant. We were seated next to the fireplace, where I could see part of the bar that was located in the middle of the restaurant and I saw tree trunks that decorated the walls. At least, I think they were trees, the room was honestly very dark.
There was a great amount of dishes that were vegetarian and that’s great! Lots of places I went to only had 3 dishes max. that were suitable for our vegan/vegetarian friends.
The server and hostess were very friendly and attentive throughout our dinner and they refilled the waters frequently as well!
Okay now to the food….(sorry the pictures are so bad and blurry! I had to put the candle right next to the plate in order to the take the pictures because it was so dark in there)
We started out with the complimentary bread with spicy butter but I never got to take the picture because it was so good, we gobbled it up pretty quickly. The bread is made in the house as well so it was fresh and herby. My boyfriend said that the bread wasn’t as good as the ones at Boathouse, but I enjoyed it. The bread was soft and the butter had a nice pinkish colour. The spicy butter wasn’t actually spicy though, as the name suggests–it just had a hint of jalapeno and chilli pepper taste. It kind of reminds me of pepperjack cheese actually :p
My boyfriend ordered a martini called ‘Sweet Mango’ and it was pretty strong. I didn’t like the taste, neither did my boyfriend. It had a ‘cough syrup’ taste to it and I couldn’t make out the mango-ness either.
Our appetizer was a crab and shrimp cake served along with a pineapple slaw and dallops of chilli-lime aioli. MMM..these were great! I’d say this is the highlight of the dinner. We were going to try the ‘Boar poutine’; however, I wanted to order the wild boar pasta and I didn’t want to have boar twice for the night, so we decided (more like me forcing my boyfriend to agree) to order the crab cakes instead. My boyfriend didn’t want to order it at first because he had a bad experience ordering it at Carmichael’s (located in Hilton Richmond)…where the cake was too spicy. Anyways, the cakes were warm and crispy, and contained lots of crab. The pineapple slaw was refreshing and the aioli plus the chilli oil was getting addictive. All in all, GREAT appetizer.
I had the wild boar tagliatelle pasta for main course and that was not a good choice. The pasta had a very strong nutty taste, and the spinach didn’t make the starch taste anymore flavourful. The boar was pretty good though, and it was quite tender as well. The crispy leeks on top of the pasta gave the whole dish some texture and I don’t remember seeing any caramelized onions…but anyways, if I were to go here, I doubt I’d order this again. My boyfriend even commented that it tastes like the weird stews that his grandma makes.
My boyfriend had a Crispy Duck Leg Confit, and he didn’t like this. He said it was plain, and nothing outstanding or extraordinary. I thought it was pretty yummy, well it was for sure better than my pasta. The seasonal vegetables at the side tasted sweet as well. I wasn’t really fond of the cassoulet of beans that they served the duck with though. Yet, the duck was not dry and the skin was really crispy. The rosemary jus complimented the duck too.
My boyfriend then asked: “Would you like to order dessert?”. I swear, he spoils me too much, because obviously, I have to order dessert! I always order dessert! He then said: maybe I’ll give this restaurant one more chance…with the dessert. The dessert selection didn’t appeal to me but I tried the Toffee Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake anyway.
I’m not sure if they make their own dessert but wow, the chocolate mousse was smooth, the truffle-y chocolate layer on top that rested on top of the mousse layer was so great and melty. MMM just a fabulous dessert.
The hazelnut part of the dessert was the cake crust and the toffee part went missing. But whatever, the chocolate part was definitely there and I love this. I’d order this again next time. Just pure decadence of chocolate and for ultimate chocolate lovers, this could be heaven.
Locus is trendy and gives off an almost ‘gothic’ atmosphere. Its a great place to hang but the food was average. The bill came to about 80 something including tax and tips. That’s fairly reasonable considering how much food we ordered. Would I return? YES… maybe in a year or two since I still have lots of restaurants I want to visit.