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This week I was lucky enough to be invited to try the new fall menu at Prestons in the coast hotel in downtown Vancouver. It was a night of mixing and mingling with some of Vancouver’s best food bloggers and putting a face to the people who I’ve read and followed for a while now, 106 people showed up so it was one packed event.

Prestons is located in the new Coast Coal Harbour Hotel on Pender street, they feature a West Coast menu inspired by Mediterranean and Asian flavors, an awesome drink menu and full bar makes Prestons a solid place to grab a drink and eat some good food.

Granville Island Brewery was there pouring samples of their awesome beers

Therapy Vineyards was also represented by Icon Fine Wine and Spirits serving up great wines

We were all greeted to Venetian Spritzers when we walled in, it was a real taste of Italy-Aperol Herb liqueur and brut served on ice with a slice of orange. I’ve never had Aperol before and I found it to be a bit boozy for my taste.

The other featured drink was the French Martini, it was a mix of vodka, chambord and pineapple juice. This bad boy went down real easy, the chambord and pineapple went great together and it’s definitely on my list of martinis when I’m out for drinks.

Everybody was raving about this martini as well~the Lemon Meringue- Limoncello, Absolut Vanilia, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, graham cracker rim. It was a killer drink and tasted just like a tart lemon meringue pie without being sickly sweet, the graham cracker rim was something I have never seen before and totally made the drink.

Food wise they were sampling their new fall menu, we were served 10 different mini versions of the menu items, I missed a couple of the items so here are the one’s I got to try:

Baby Back ribs with a sweet hoisin and ginger glaze, these were melt in your mouth tender and came right off the bone, the sauce was more sweet than ginger tasting so it was a great balance.

Braised BBQ Pork Sliders_slow cooked pork, homemade BBQ sauce and a gorgonzola coleslaw. This was one of my favorite items of the night, the slaw was the star of the show and the pork was actually sweet more than smoky so it was a great sweet/salty taste combination. They feature these for $2 each during Canucks games.

One of the area set up was a gyoza cooking station featuring there shrimp and vegetable stuffed dumplings with a miso vinaigrette. It was nice to get them fresh out of the frying pan and the stuffing was ample but not to my taste.

Eggplant Parm sliders were on the menu, they have a great take on the Italian traditional dish, it was topped with stewed red peppers, basil pesto and feta cheese.

Crispy Chicken karaage-garlic sake marinated chicken flash fried with a spicy lime aioli and a miso cabbage slaw. The chicken was really tender and moist, the aioli was a nice touch but wasn’t needed~it ruins the crispy crunch of the chicken so I would hope it’s served on the side when ordered ala carte off the menu, the slaw was nice and had a great crunch.

Tomato and Bocconcini crostini-artichoke and basil pesto puree under marinated mozzarella topped with cherry tomatoes. Delish bites of tomato and mozzarella and the artichoke and basil pesto puree was light yet totally flavorful.

Mini matcha creme brule was the dessert of the night, the top was caramelized perfectly and the creme brule filling was nice and creamy, really a great take on traditional creme brule.

With Prestons open for breakfast/brunch,lunch and dinner,free wi-fi and a QR code based rewards program it’s a great option in the downtown dining scene. If you need reservations they participate in the Open Table online system.

**This was an event hosted by the restaurant and I received all my drinks and food for free, I’m not paid to write this review and wasn’t required to do so either.**

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