Dishcrawl Vancouver: Silk Road Dishcrawl on Commercial Drive

Last week we were invited to preview Dishcrawl Vancouver’s first event on Commercial Drive: The Silk Road Dishcrawl. It was a gastronomic adventure that allowed us to visit restaurants representing tastes of Silk Road countries spanning three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe. The journey took us on an international food tasting tour featuring Indian, Tunisian, French, and Italian cuisines. And just like Dishcrawl Vancouver’s Kitsilano event, this Dishcrawl allowed us to taste dishes from four different venues, including appetizers, mains and dessert.
The first stop on our Dishcrawl started with a taste of India in a modern setting at Siddhartha’s Indian Kitchen. The restaurant’s owner Siddharth welcomed us with an appetizer platter consisting of four individual items: smoked eggplant mousse, spinach mousse, aloo tikki potato, butter chicken dipping sauce, and homemade naan bread to soak up all the tasty flavors.
Our tour continued to a Tunisian and French establishment called Carthage Café. The charming restaurant’s unique menu offered a combination of French and inventive Tunisian cuisine. We started with a Tunisian Salade Mechouia served with Doigts de Fatima, a mixture of cheese, bean, tuna and egg in a crispy spring roll. Then we tried Merguez Couscous, which consisted of steamed couscous, grilled lamb sausage and hearty vegetables in spicy tomato sauce served alongside Lamb Tagine with mushrooms and sweet bell peppers.
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Although we were getting full from all the delicious food, our adventure proceeded to the third location, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. Serving “Pizza Napoletana” from an authentic pizza oven, they hand stretch their dough, use fresh whole-milk mozzarella, and their flour and tomatoes are imported from Italy. We were served a trio of Italian dishes: Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque, Caprese Salad and Pizza Margherita.
The final stop of the evening took us to the oldest Italian coffee house in Vancouver, Сafé Calabria, for some dessert. Established in 1976 and located in the heart of Little Italy on The Drive, the cafe is run by the Murdocco family. They presented us with trays of scrumptious sorbet trios (raspberry, lemon, orange) that were the ideal ending to our international culinary journey.
Overall, this Dishrawl was a wonderfully filling experience. We had the chance to meet new people and explore different restaurants in the Commercial Drive neighborhood under a common “Silk Road” theme. It was a fun and delicious way to discover the diverse cuisines Vancouver has to offer. For information regarding upcoming Dishcrawls near you, visit


Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen on UrbanspoonCarthage Cafe on UrbanspoonFamoso Neapolitan Pizzeria on UrbanspoonCaffe Calabria on Urbanspoon

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