Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Folks Apr 19, 2011 No Fixed Address Shines in the Underground Movement SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPhoto: Chef Steve’s Rosemary salt roasted prawns at NFAIt is common belief that Chef Todd initiated Vancouver’s underground restaurant movement at the infamous 12b on Main Street. Todd tells us that his dinners are fully booked two months in advance, suggesting that there is a demand for more underground restaurants. These hidden establishments have been slowly popping up around the city. The menu styles range from Secret Supper’s vegan menu to Swallow Tail’s farm-to-table focused concept.One newer contender on the scene is “No Fixed Address”. Chef Steve offers a unique Asian-meets-Mediterranean style menu, using local and seasonal ingredients. His creativity shines through in his meticulous preparation and beautiful presentation. Watching what Steve creates with just an oven and a four-range electric stove is inspiring and entertaining.In the summer, guests will find lighter fares on NFA’s ever-changing chalkboard menu. Steve delivers six courses so the diners can experience a range of flavours. As a refreshing starter, Steve puts a spin on the traditional prosciutto wrapped melon. He creates two chilled melon soups and playfully pours the honeydew and cantaloupe concoctions over prosciutto-laced melon balls.Seafood dishes are NFA’s specialty on warm Summer nights. Steve presents squid in two ways, with the body stuffed with chorizo on a tomato caper reduction and the tentacles as tempura with a mint tzatziki sauce. The Asian-inspired crab-scallop cakes are served with pickled fresh mango, cilantro juice and chili oil. The chef celebrates the beloved BC spot prawn with the simple preparation of baking them in a salt-crust. The little critters emerge from steamy salt to reveal their succulent and sweet flesh. Often times, simple methods are the best way to exhibit an ingredient. This is evident in his home-cured red spring salmon with a light lime crème fraiche dressing.By looking at his diverse menu, one would assume that Steve is a classically trained chef but the reality might shock you. In his past life, Steve was a lawyer hailing from South Africa. His pure passion for food and entertaining drove him to leave his established career behind to pursue this new venture. His guests agree that he is a genuine and kind soul without a rock-star chef ego so it is easy to feel at home at NFA.At the end of the day, underground restaurants are a risky business. Due to the neighbours’ complaints, NFA has since relocated from the Kitsilano location. “No Fixed Address” is certainly a fitting name.Curious? NFA accommodates for parties up to 12 nightly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @NFAVancouver to make your reservations.To read more about Vancouver’s underground restaurant scene, pick up a copy of the July/August EAT issue, available on stands now. To try out one of Chef Steve’s recipes at home, visit our recipe box.FolksRestaurant NewsVancouver Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Victoria April 26, 2021 EAT’s Guide to Take-out, Delivery, and Patios With Phase 2 beginning, restaurants and patios, tasting rooms and coffee shops are reopening. This is an ongoing process, with many changes, so we ... Read More Victoria May 25, 2020 The New Now : Navigating Through the Challenges The New Now As we begin re-opening under COVID protocols, the coming months will be at least uncertain, and for most, a battle to survive. In my ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 17, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Part 2 Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 13, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Tofino Time by Chef Carmen Ingham As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 5, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More Comments are closed.