New Dishes Tasting at Water Street Café

It had been over 20 years since my last visit to this iconic restaurant in Gastown, After almost 30 years the original owner had retired, then ownership changed in November, now run by two industry veterans; Eli Brennan and Chef Alan Tse. It was wonderful to revisit recently to enjoy restaurant chef Zach Steele’s dishes and rediscover this beautiful spot.

1st dish:

Beet and Arugula Salad

Beet and Arugula Salad with chèvre, lemon vinaigrette, colourful and light.

2nd dish:

Pork belly

Pork belly with cannelllini beans, hearty in a rich sauce.

3rd dish:

Orecchiette with broccoli basil pesto

Orecchiette with broccoli basil pesto, pistachio and Asiago, and garlic confit; one of my favourite dishes of the night, a beautiful dish all around.

4th dish:

Arctic char with Israeli couscous

Arctic char with Israeli couscous with a sun choke purée, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and a chive bacon vinaigrette; love the fish as well as the sun choke puree.

5th dish:

Truffle Gnocchi

Truffle Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, rich and perfect for the cold winter weather.

6th dish:

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted Rack of Lamb with sun dried tomato, apricot, pistachio, fregola, mint gremolata; perfectly cooked and well balanced.

7th dish:


Tiramisu a house favourite.

8th dish:

Baked Apple in filo pastry

Baked Apple in filo pastry with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and Gragham crumble; a truly old school dessert which has had customers raving about.

Water Street Café is located at 300 Water Street in Vancouver, you can call for reservations at 604-689-2832.

By: Richard Wolak