Society Dining Lounge
1257 Hamilton Street
Ph: (604) 629-8800 or Reserve Online
We have previously enjoyed several meals at Coast Restaurant, the previous Glowbal Group restaurant at this location on Hamilton Street but since Coast has been re-incarnated on Alberni Street, and the eatery at this location was reborn as Society, we have not had the opportunity to visit either the new Coast or Society.
The Edge Social Grille and Lounge
1100 Granville Street,
Ph: (604) 681-3433
The Edge Social Grille and Lounge was one of the restaurants we visited on the recent Foodie Tour hosted by Michelle Ng: Foodie Tours rediscovers Granville Street 2010. I so much enjoyed the flatbread samples at The Edge provided for the tour, that I vowed I would return for a meal at the Grille as soon as I had an opportunity to do so.
Although located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Oru is a "free-standing Pan-Asian Bistro", serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
We visited Oru for lunch and were impressed by the open airy feel of the room. Oru is derived from the Japanese word "to fold' - think origami. As you can see in the picture below right, this motif is apparent in the ceiling decor.
A large gleaming open kitchen stretches along the the width of one wall, and the tables are spaced comfortably far apart. Oru features a community table that seats 12, and also has a private dining room that can reasonably entertain up to 14 guests at a time.
Every so often my mother makes me metaphorically sing for my supper.
This time she said, "I'll take you on this awesome food tour of Vancouver IF you write it up for Sipping and Supping".
A day of walking in downtown Vancouver, eating really good food at places I've never been to, and hanging with my mom? Sounds pretty win-win-win to me!
So here it goes:
Michelle Ng hosts FoodieTours in Downtown Vancouver and Richmond. We joined her for the tour on Saturday, June 12, 2010
We lucked out with the weather being one of the only truly warm and sunny days that have come along since I've been back on the we(s)t coast. Our twenty minute walk to Hastings and Homer put us at our first stop with plenty of time to spare -- if you know my mother personally, you will know that for her early is on time, on time is late, and late is just out of the question.
3689 West 4 Avenue
Ph: (604) 676-1007 or Reserve online
Continuing my exploration of supping locales close to the theatres at UBC and Jericho Arts Centre (where we were going to see The Misanthrope), we booked at La Quercia, on West 4th Avenue, near Alma.
This is a small intimate Italian restaurant and obviously a neighbourhood gem because there was not an empty table by the time we left. Their wine list features Italian wines exclusively. I had a glass of the Riff 2008 Pino Grigio.
Sanafir Restaurant and Lounge
1026 Granville Street,
Ph: 604- 678-1049 or Reserve Online
Sanafir has been on my "to visit" list for ages but somehow the right opportunity did not come up. Finally, after a West Coast Swing class at UrbanBeat that ended at 8:30 pm, three of us walked a block over and across Granville Street, to Sanafir for a late supper.
I had read on their website that "sanafir" is the Arabic word for "meeting place". A quick perusal of their menu told us that to experience the "meeting" of flavours from North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, we should order from the Tapas Trios selections. The menu created by Sean Riley (Director of Food Operations) and new Executive Chef Michael Robbins features tapas trios of Calamari, Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Halibut and Seafood.
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
1188 Mainland Street,
Ph: 604-689-8318 or Reserve online
Last summer we dropped into Goldfish Pacific Kitchen for an early dinner in their courtyard patio. Our waiter introduced us to their experimental Chef's table dinner concept and we were intrigued enough at the time to try it out.
The idea was that rather than ordering from the regular menu, we would chat with the chef to inform him of any food allergies or violent antipathies to any foods, and then he would prepare a special surprise menu from whatever was freshly available. Chef Ryan Mah was cooking that evening and he prepared a memorable 5 course tasting menu which looked as beautiful as it tasted and garnered Goldfish Pacific Kitchen a rave review from me.
Federico's Supper Club
1728 Commercial Drive,
Ph: 604-251-3473 or Reserve Online
I have been on the hunt for places to "dine and dance" in Vancouver but this seems to be a rare entity these days. Federico's Supper Club is one of those few places that has a dance floor, albeit not large.
The evening when a group of us decided to check out this restaurant turned out to be the second special event night that featured Executive Chef Romy Prasad giving a cooking demonstration of a 5 course, wine-paired "Taste of Italy" menu.
On inquiry, we learned that startinging promptly at 6 pm, Chef Prasad would show us how to cook each course, then the dish would be served together with a 3 oz pouring of a matched wine. Joe Borean, the maitre d' and sommelier would describe the characteristics of the wine. The cooking demonstration and dining was scheduled to be completed by around 9 pm and would be followed by music for dancing, featuring Federico. All very cool!
Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca 869 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. BC Ph: (604) 569-2535 or Reserve Online
I have now enjoyed two excellent meals at the revamped Lupo Restaurant and this review reports on both of them.
The last time I had dined at that location was before there was a change in ownership last July. Julio Gonzalez Perini who ran Villa Del Lupo in the Heritage house on Hamilton Street for many years, sold it in 2005. I had a nice dinner at Villa del Lupo more than a year ago, before Perini bought back the space. At that time the food was good though not outstanding and we had some amusing moments as you can read in my review of that visit.
Since then this lovely building has been reborn as Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca once again under the ownership of Executive Chef Perini, together with Michael Mameli, wine director and co-owner. The Chef de Cuisine is Takeo Hiro and Jeff Salzauler is pastry and dessert chef. The intent of the new management was to carve a niche, so to speak, as a neighbourhood restaurant featuring exellent food at reasonable prices. It appears that they have succeeded.
In March, for our pre-show dinner before heading to The Playhouse to see The Love List, we decided to visit the new incarnation of Lupo Restaurant. Although when we arrived, early as usual, there were only a few tables occupied, the place filled up really quickly. The service was attentive and timely.
We enjoyed the pre-show menu served from 5 to 6 pm which offered a choice of 4 starters, 4 entrees and a dessert . You could chose to have a two or three course meal which I really appreciated as I often find that three courses are just too much. My companion at that meal loved the lentil and sausage soup while I enjoyed a beautifully presented carpaccio. Then I had a sinfully tender lamb version of osso bucco while he had the beef short ribs.
The service was impeccable, the food excellent and we vowed we would come back soon.
My second visit was last week just before going to see Vancouver Opera's wonderful production of The Marriage of Figaro at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre.