On a week night, we decided to visit Nook in Kitsilano for a light dinner. This is the second location for the Nook (the first being Denman street in the West End). They don’t accept reservations here, but we arrived early in the evening, when it was still quiet.
I found menu amusing.
The disclaimer at the end “All products may contain pork, tasty, tasty, pork” is a winner.
We started off with an order of crostini with chicken liver and capers
This is toasted crusty bread, topped with a nicely seasoned chicken liver pate, topped with crispy onions and crunchy capers, and drizzled with olive oil. This was very good. The bread had a nice crunch. The pate was rich, with lots 0f flavor, and the onions and capers added more crunch.
Next we had the feature pasta of the day, Ricotta Ravioli with roasted Radicchio and Hazelnuts
This is house made ravioli stuffed with creamy tangy ricotta cheese, finished in a saute of roasted radicchio and toasted hazelnuts, topped with shaved parmesan cheese. I liked the tangy-ness of the ricotta in the ravioli, and the contrast of the bitterness (and hint of spiciness) of the radicchio. The crunch of the toasted hazelnuts was a nice contrast. This was probably my favorite dish of the night.
And finally we had the prosciutto arugula and roasted garlic pizza
In spite of what the photo might suggest, this is a very thin crust pizza, topped with light tomato sauce, and roasted cloves of garlic. Finished with fresh arugula and thinly shaved prosciutto. The prosciutto was very salty (which is to be expected) but so much so, that I couldn’t actually taste the meat itself. This was okay, but in light of the other specialty pizza places around town, this pizza is in tough. I think I’d like to try one of their other pizza offerings before passing judgement though.
It’s worth mentioning that Nook makes no claims to be a Neapolitan pizzeria. So it would be a little unfair to make critical comparisons to the likes of Nicli Antica, or Via Tevere, or similar establishments. But because of the timing (opening it’s doors during the local bloom of such establishments), it’s hard to completely avoid such comparisons. It does make a pretty good pizza and pasta, but I do question the price point. I think Nook is a little on the expensive side.
The room is very open and warm (lots of natural wood colors) the service was very friendly and helpful (points for that).