The Roof at Black+Blue Opening

Executive Chef Jason Labahn (L) & Co-Owner Emad Yacoub (R)

Yesterday I attended the opening party of The Roof Black+Blue on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver.  Having been to the opening party of Black+Blue in 2011, this new outside eatery is the crown jewel that Proprietors Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa Yacoub have created to continue their passion for classic-style dining outside! A private, glass-walled elevator transports guests to The Roof. The BOX Interior-designed space features standout décor elements, including a custom bull head sculpture which greets guests upon arrival and airy, bronze light fixtures suspended over the bar. The 120-seat space offers a mix of seating options, including comfortable curved booths, banquettes, and cozy bench seating. Two fireplace walls running the length of the space create warmth and dramatic flair.

Executive Chef Jason Labahn slicing steaks

Emad showing me the Josper Charcoal Broiler

Josper Charcoal Broiler in action

Appointed with its own kitchen, The Roof features a state-of-the-art Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven by Wood Stone – the first of its kind in Canada. Currently there are only 20 of the rare ovens being specially-made for select steakhouses in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The unit combines the features of an enclosed oven with the traditional characteristics of charbroiled cooking. The Jopser reaches internal temperatures of 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, cooking steaks to perfection in minutes.

Guests were treated to flowing cocktails that included Mai Tais, Sangria, Pimm’s Cup, Mojitos along with Champagne. I enjoyed tasting the beef and Yorkshire pudding, some of the freshly baked forno flatbreads along with the Prawn Gazpacho Shooter, Tuna on Corn Pancakes and more.

The Roof is open seven days a week, 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, with weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday.

The Roof at Black+Blue located at 1032 Alberni Street (3rd Level) in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak