1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604 661 1400

Web: http://www.odoulsrestaurant.com

Twitter: @odoulsonrobson

Advice: Offers jazz most nights, check their online jazz calendar for details.

Often visiting for some late night jazz, I turned it up a notch this year and had dinner here with my brother during the TD International Jazz Festival. This past year I had the opportunity to interview Chef Chris Whittaker here at O’Doul’s who is a master of the kitchen, for our dinner I left the menu up to him.

Bread Basket

Theissen Farm Duck “Prosciutto”

Lois Lake Steelhead Tartare

Heirloom Salad

Okanagan Goat Cheese Fritters

We began our meal with the Theissen Farm Duck “Prosciutto” ($14) duck confit and cherry arancini, arugula, rhubarb chutnea, then I had the Lois Lake Steelhead Tartare ($13) in a cold “pesto“ soup, gold beets, potato lattice, micro green while my brother enjoyed the Heirloom Salad. Next was the Okanagan Goat Cheese Fritters ($13) roast pepper olive tapenade, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic gelée, olive oil.

Citrus and Maple-cured BC Sablefish

Beef Short Rib with Oxtail Ravioli

On to the mains, we both loved the outstanding Citrus and Maple-cured BC Sablefish ($29) crispy rice, pacific seaweed, cultivated mushrooms, radish, dashi broth, which was our favourite, rarely do we enjoy a dish in unison. Next was the Beef Short Rib with Oxtail Ravioli to round out the savoury portion of our dinner.

White Chocolate Mousse and a Strawberry Lassi

For dessert we enjoyed the White Chocolate Mousse and a Strawberry Lassi ($9). While we were finishing up our dessert; The Tony Foster Quartet were playing near the bar, they were the performers of the night  as part of the TD International Vancouver Jazz Festival, this trio was made up of a pianist, bassist and drummer.

Review by: Richard Wolak