Siena – Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Siena is a cozy Italian restaurant located on West 12th (just off Granville) and takes the name from the city/province of Siena in Tuscany, Italy.
We visited in early December for dinner – the dim lighting making for a romantic atmosphere. There’s a large board on one wall with a listing of the daily specials which included the Antipasti Selection for Two ($19). Antipasti is the traditional first course of an Italian meal and varies depending on the regional cuisine. Our selection was comprised of proscuitto, sopressatta, and mortadella, olives served warm, roasted garlic, arancine balls (stuffed rice balls that are breaded and fried up), gorgonzola cheese, walnut and fig spread and a white bean and sage purée cous cous salad with grilled focaccia. Normally, I don’t enjoy whole olives (although I like them sliced on pizza) – however, I found the warm olives to be quite good, although very salty.
For my main, I picked the Thyme-Roasted Pork Tenderloin ($26) served with confit apple potato torta, and creamy onion dijon jus. The pork was super tender and juicy – something that I usually don’t associate with pork tenderloin.
Speaking of tender, the “Brasato al Siena” ($25) is a chianti-braised beef dish served with roasted cauliflower and a potato parsnip purée. The fork-tender beef was super succulent.
We couldn’t leave without trying a dessert and opted for the Wild Raspberry Sorbetto ($7) which arrived as 3 generous scoops of silky smooth and slightly tart sorbetto.
Overall, the food was very pleasing.
1485 West 12th Avenue
Posted on February 26, 2015, in Italian, Restaurant Review and tagged Braised Beef, Fairview, Food, Italian, Pork Tenderloin, restaurant review, Sorbetto, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.