The Keg Steakhouse and Bar at Granville Island
1499 Anderson Street
Phone: (604) 685-4735 or Reserve Online
We were going to see Floating at the Granville Island Revue Stage. My companion was "craving steak" so we decided to visit the Granville Island Keg for a pre-show dinner. Like many Vancouver restaurants, they were offering a special prix-fixe menu for the annual Dine Out Vancouver promotion.
We were comfortably seated in a booth near the large central fireplace. The dark wood and muted lighting created a warm and relaxing ambience.
562 Beatty Street
Ph: 604- 879-7119 or Reserve Online
We were going to see the opening night performance of This at the Vancouver Playhouse so we strolled a couple of blocks over to Chambar for a pre-show dinner.
My companion had the celeriac and fennel soup, with cave aged Gruyére, chervil and a grilled crouton. He declared it to be absolutely delicious and when I was offered a spoonful, I had to agree - creamy and bursting with flavour.
One Hundred Days at the OPUS Hotel
350 Davie Street,
Phone: 604-642-0557 or Reserve Online
It was the last evening before my visitors were leaving - a 7 am flight ! So an early supper was called for. I had the One Hundred Days restaurant on my "to visit" list since I first read about the concept. Basically the restaurant at the OPUS Hotel is undergoing a redesign and remodeling under different management. The idea was that over 100 days, local graffiti artist Vince Dumoulin would paint murals while the chefs would serve up equally creative dishes. But since it was a couple of months ago that I read about I figured the 100 days must be up and thought I had missed out. Not so.
A quick search on line however indicated that One Hundred Days was still going - and indeed when we got there, our server Fraser told us that they were actually up to 106 days. They would be remaining open until Dine Out Vancouver was over and then the push for the new restaurant would be on.
We were heading off to an 8 PM show of Sensation of Magic at the Havana Theatre, so we thought we would get supper at the Havana Cafe before the show. They don't take reservations, but the person on the phone said that if we were there by 6:30 we should be able to get a table without a long wait.
Brix Restaurant and Wine bar
1138 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2
Ph: (604) 915-9463 or Reserve Online
Conveniently located on my way home from dance classes on Granville Street or shows at the Queen Elizabeth or Playhouse Theatres, the courtyard patio at Brix is a favorite place for us to drop in for a light, late evening supper.
On this visit however, three of us walked up Homer Street for an early supper. We opted to each pick two appetizers to share. First up came the Buffalo mozzarella salad with vine ripened tomatoes, red onions, and a sun dried tomato and olive tapenade. The sun dried tomato added a piquancy to the olive tapenade.
We were heading off to see Singing in the Rain at Theatre Under the Stars at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park so we thought a restaurant in the West End would work well for us. I had previously dined at the Haro Street location when It was Parkside , but had not been there recently.
Adesso Bistro is new and we were interested to try it out. Parking is a bit of a problem in that area so we used the valet parking service. We decided that as the evening was so pleasant, dining outside on their enclosed patio would be great.
For two people we figured four of their appetizer portions would work just fine so each of us selected two from the menu.
The first up was the Arancini with risotto, prosciutto and mozarella, pepperonata - a selection of my dining companion. They were delightfully crisp on the outside.
The second choice was Vitello tonnato - chilled poached veal with creamy tuna sauce. The sauce was so tasty that we both wished we were cats, so to speak.
My two choices followed:
The Carpaccio of bison with beet vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and crispy thin sliced garlic was beautifully presented and satisfying.
I have enjoyed two dinner meals at Market by Jean-Georges and on both occasions have been impressed by both the quality of the food, and the impeccable service. I also had the opportunity to sample the black truffle fontina cheese pizza and the rice cracker-crusted seared tuna on Michelle Ng's recent Downtown Foodie tour: (Guest Reviewer Amanda takes the Vancouver Foodie Tour).