This was my first exposure to Canadian cuisine - namely Pac Rim fusion. This was one of my most memorable meals ever - it was amazing. The chef is very imaginative and as an added treat they seated me at the bar so I could watch them prepare it. It gave me a new appreciation for the value a sous-chef brings to a restaurant... it was like watching a magical assembly line. The food was already prepped/cut and placed in its own container for easy reach. I wanted to eat everything they were making but my tummy isn't that big.
Favorite Dish: from their website menu:
White pepper seared Kobe Beef carpaccio, Cotes Du Rhone drizzle, micro-shaved pecorino, Spanish lemon oil dressed baby arugula, Maldon sea salt white truffle oil pop corn [ $15]
Baked double creme French Brie, oft grilled olive oil cracker, honey mandarin plum compote [ $9 ]
buy the cookbook! the experience can continue.. sure, it seems small and very crowded at first, but after a couple of tapas and any recommended wine.. what an amazing experience!
we'd gone for a couples spa treatment at the hotel, gave it up to a couple who recommended a dinner place but wanted immediate attention.. definitely worth the trade off!
Favorite Dish: we tried.. so many! the servers know.. they know what is fresh and what is special to the chef on any given day.. just trust them.. and they signed the cookbook, sunday night is fondue lovin' night.. not sure if this is still applicable, we went july '05.. anniversary trip..
Funky, hip, loud and busy; blink and you'd miss it. Inside, tiny tables line a space about 12 feet wide.
This place is always packed! Make your way to the tiny bar at the back, have a glass of wine, listen to the music, and admire the art - waiting for a table is half the fun. Once you're seated (with any luck, you'll get the cozy table in the window), you'll make friends with your neighbours in no time, as you will literally be rubbing elbows.
Favorite Dish: Start with the shoestring fries! They come sprinkled with pepper and balsamic vinegar, stacked about 8 inches high. And they're fun to eat too - pulling them out is like playing pick-up sticks.
If you still have room after the fries, work your way down the tapas list. The crab cakes and kobe beef are other personal favourites.
Bin 941/942 (941 is on Davie near Burrard, 942 is on Broadway near Granville) - hands down BEST Tapas - and very reasonable prices. Elbow Room Cafe - some of Vancouver's best breakfasts served by our orneriest wait staff. Bring your sense of humor!