UPDATED 10/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED
1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Advice: Reservations suggested. Try to request the private booths at the back for your small dining party.
For many years this location was the locale of my favourite restaurant, times change, and restaurants evolve. Chef Daryle Ryo Nagata is a chef I have known for years ever since he was Executive Chef at the Pan Pacific Hotel, his partner Paul Puratich has been a fisherman since early on, together they have transformed the restaurants décor to the former, it’s warm, comforting and charming. Seated in a corner booth, my friends Ajay and Jason joined me for dinner recently, since they both love oysters far more than me they enjoyed a bucket of oysters to begin with their cocktails.
We then each enjoyed tasting platters of several of their dishes, beautifully presented to allow us to savour and taste each of the dishes. The first was a Tasting platter of seafood delight with succulent lobster tail, side stripe cone, scallop, and a baked dungeness crab cake!
The next tasting platter of delicious mushroom strudel, duck confit, arctic muskox, and foie gras full of great flavours! The Arctic Muskox was new for me and the texture and flavour worked well with the other dishes on this platter.
The third tasting platter was all meat, tender and flavourful braised Spring Creek Cherry braised beef short ribs, Spring Creek 40 day aged Tenderloin & Dijon & Herb crusted Lamb loin.
Lastly the miniature desserts perfect for sharing with friends or eating solo, the Citron tartlet, Chai Creme brûlée & mousse, each offering different flavour profiles ending off an outstanding meal.
The location’s storied past as a popular martini bar, is reborn and they have created a dazzling and decadent cocktail list along with a nice wine and beer list.
Review by: Richard Wolak