39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Advice: Reservations suggested, walkins welcome, open daily. On the first floor of Parq Vancouver.
With it’s focus on celebrating the best of what British Columbia has to offer with regionally inspired, farm-to-table cuisine, sourcing ingredients locally when possible. The restaurant is vibrant and inviting, loved the comfortable booth seating, there is also seating for larger parties; on the bar side, you will find a large lounge area offering up a beverage menu of regional beers, spirits, and wines.
I have dined there a couple of times since opening over breakfast and dinner, on my own and with a friend. In the morning, I had the heavenly B & B Double Stack French Toast ($15) in the round with roasted banana, brioche & maple cream cheese; along with an Almond Buttercup Smoothie ($8) house almond milk, raw almond butter, cacao, banana & agave which was dairy free.
When I dined for dinner, my friend Zahra joined me as we shared several dishes, starting off with the colourful HS Market ($25) vegetable crudité tower with Klippers Organics charcoaled beets & squash, pickled vegetables, cauliflower, peppers, radishes, heirloom carrots, sweet potato chips & goddess dip and a sweet onion dip, this was not only fun but healthy too.
I had the Honeygronni and Zahra had the the Cucumber Basil Collins, a couple of refreshing cocktails to go with our dinner.
My Wife’s Favorite ($17) duck confit, pomegranate, mixed greens pine nuts & orange was a wonderful salad to share and it’s one that came with a story, noting that it was Chef Kim’s wifes favourite salad; we also loved the Charred Cauliflower, Scallops and vanilla bean purée ($33) which is actually a main dish and a very popular one at that.
The Coho Salmon Steak ($34) with dungeness crab stuffing, roasted vegetables & charred lemon; and the Grilled Maple Hill Chicken ($25) roasted carrots, mac n’ cheese kale & padron peppers, natural jus were outstanding which we both agreed on.
I enjoyed the Black Cod ($36) Granville market chowder, with mussels, shrimp, potato in which the presentation at the table was fun as the chowder is poured at your table, this was a rich dish and very flavourful. The Eggplant & spinach Bucatini ($22) roasted squash, chili flakes, pecorino romano & bread crumbs rounded out the mains that we selected.
Dessert is a must here, with a creative pastry chefs team, you are going to want to try my favourite which was the delicious Salted Honey Pie ($9); I also loved the Brown Bag Baked Apple Pie ($9) with ginger ice cream; lastly we tried the popular Society Chocolate & Banana Cake ($12) caramelized bananas, milk chocolate mousse & dark chocolate glaze which was an enormous serving enough to share with a friend or to attempt to conquer solo. This is a wonderful restaurant to take friends and family from morning to night, I’m looking forward to returning to try weekend brunch sometime soon.
Review by: Richard Wolak