New 2010 Winter Games Menu at the Pan Pacific

With only a few more days to the 2010 Winter Games, anxious locals and visitors are finally getting a real peek at the spectacles taking place during the Games (besides road closures). For example: did you see this weekend’s testing of the Vectorial Elevation Show at English Bay?

The Pan Pacific Vancouver also unveiled its latest contribution: from February 12-28th, the chef’s team at the Pan Pacific will introduce a brand new menu to its guests and visitors inspired by this month’s Games.

The menu will host a variety of new items from various countries which include: new tapas items, main courses, desserts and drinks.  The idea behind the project is to showcase the spirit of the games and the diversity of our city.

Sushi Time

One of the main features this month will be the Pan’s new sushi menu.  The Cafe Pacifica and the Cascades Lounge will be offering 3 different sushi rolls created in the spirit of the Games which will include:

  • The Aboriginal Maki Roll
  • the Nunavut Roll,
  • and my favourite, the tempura fried 2010 Roll.

On hand to do a personal interview with Chef Daryle Nagata was CBC’s Justine Ma.  Justine did a special report on the latest menu items and also got a chance to meet with sushi chef, Ryoichi Yamada.

Ryoichi walked us through the precision process of creating the new 2010 roll.  The roll itself is made with Dungeness crab, mango, avocado and is finally tempura fried with a 24 karot gold finish; which tastes as good as it looks.

cbcChef Daryle Nagata and CBC’s Justine Ma

When asked about how the Chef’s team came up with the different meal ideas, Chef Daryle Nagata said:

“We wanted to create a special menu during the Winter Games for both locals and tourists to enjoy.  Our plan was to offer a number of items which included specialty regional food as well as a few items which represent Vancouver’s diverse cultural background.  This is truly a unique oppurtunity to showcase our city and our culture to the world and we want share in the celebration with something tasty!”

Gold Medal Desserts

naganoThe Nagano 98’, featuring exotic fruit and berry tart with yuzu filled lychee, mango, fresh berries and lemon curd.

Also on hand to show the CBC crew his latest pastry creations was chef Hans Pirhofer.

Hans and the team are creating 5 different dessert pastries inspired by past Winter Game host-cities with local flavours known to each.  Included in the gold medal desserts are:

  • Nagano
  • St. Morritz
  • Innsbruck
  • Torino
  • and Vancouver.

The Place to Be!

The Pan will definitely be one of the more frequented and popular venues this February in the city.  Come in to enjoy the newest food menu you while you relax and enjoy the best view in the city.  The bartenders also have a few specialty drinks they’ve been saving for this month’s Games so be sure to check them out as well.

Also beginning February 12, the lobby will be turned into the Kla-how-ya Aboriginal Village: a showcase of Aboriginal art, performances and culture.

Don’t miss the special brunch and dinner presentation for Valentines Day and Chinese New Year this year as they both fall under the same day and will take place during the Game’s.

Remember to keep checking back this month as our blog will highlight some of the feature events and news taking place around the city for the 2010 Winter Games!