GOOD WOLFE

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UPDATED 10/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-1043

Web: http://goodwolfe.ca/

Twitter: @GoodWolfeVan

Advice: “The whole thing” neat idea for a fixed price 3 course meal (changes nightly), Chefs Table (advance reservations a must), bakes their own bread daily.

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It’s as if you have come home as you are seated, surrounded by an open kitchen, with a stylish center bar, and the wall of wines “their showcased wine cellar” which is a well thought out thinking process in the world of wine. Owned by Chef Josh Wolfe and Richard Goodine, these two restaurateurs know a thing or two about how to run a restaurant and take care of their patrons from the moment they walk in the door. Josh has put together a creative inspiring menu of comfort food with a Euro meets Pacific NW twist and I loved the dining experience from the get go; Richard has put together a stellar line-up in wines and cocktails and this is a man who knows his liquor.

House Baked Bread

House Baked Bread

Steelhead Pastrami

Steelhead Pastrami

Qualicum Beach Scallop Chorizo

Qualicum Beach Scallop Chorizo

Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dip

House Baked bread is a nice touch and thankfully it is not forgotten at Good Wolfe, as I was seated I was served some of their delicious crusty bread that is complimentary. I began my dining experience with a taster of their outstanding Steelhead Pastrami ($11) that’s made with house cured steelhead salmon, house made maple mustard & house baked caraway crisp followed by the divine Qualicum Beach Scallop Chorizo ($14) with marinated peppers, olive oil, parsley a simple dish prepared to perfection. I absolutely adored the next dish, Artichoke Dip ($10) with marinated chokes, kale crisps, chevre & Philly béchamel; this dish was not only delicious, it also served to be interactive and playful.

Steak, Potatoes and Vegetables

Steak, Potatoes and Vegetables

Späetzle

Späetzle

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf

For my main, I had the hearty Steak, Potatoes and Vegetables ($24) hanging tender beef, with roasted spuds and lots of small cut vegetables, I ordered a side dish of what turned out to be the best Späetzle ($6) I have had in recent memory, and I would return for this dish alone, it was that good. For dessert, I had the biggest surprise of the night, the thought of a simple lemon loaf was far afield, their version of the Lemon Loaf ($8) was outstanding with rosemary sugar, lavender and dollops of whipped cream.

They smoke all their own meats in their in-house smoker, and make everything else from scratch, this is a kitchen worth watching and you can do just that as you peak over your table into the open kitchen or better yet snag a seat at the chefs table for a personalized tasting menu. I can’t wait to visit again and to try their poutine mashed potatoes as well as their weekend brunch which I am sure is soon to follow.

Review by: Richard Wolak