I attended the opening party yesterday for Viaggio Hospitality Group’s new restaurant which offers a unique mix of West Coast, Peruvian and Japanese fare. Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde’s Peruvian origins lend Ancora’s menu an authentic South American flair.
Located in the former C Restaurant space, Ancora has been converted into a sleek and modern dining room. The sophisticated yet approachable setting pays tribute to its West Coast surroundings, with soft blue hues, sand-inspired neutrals and light wood. In addition to the 98-seat dining room, Ancora also features a private dining space and spacious heated patio with panoramic views of False Creek.
Bartender Matt Cooke was serving up his Ancora Punch for guests to enjoy along with a selection of wine.
I enjoyed some of the delicious bites that were served offering a taste of the menu including the Beef short rib croquettes, Lobster bisque with a salt cod croquette, Sea Bream Sushi, and Dungeness crab causa.
Helmed by Vescovi, former manager and wine director at the acclaimed BlueWater Cafe + Raw Bar, Ancora brings together some of the city’s finest culinary professionals. Joining him is Restaurant Director Tara Thom, who brings nearly two decades of experience from top restaurants such as West and Blue Water Cafe. To top it off, a raw bar is headed by Master Sushi Chef Yoshi Tabo , along with a spirits program led by Head Bartender Matt Cooke. This culinary lineup is sure to dazzle diners and serve up a memorable experience with each visit.
Ancora is located at 1600 Howe Street #2, and is open daily for cocktail hour, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For reservations please visit bookenda.com/ancora or call 604-681-1164, follow on twitter
By: Richard Wolak