1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Advice: Advance reservations a must.
With a change to modern French cooking this long standing restaurant is now owned by Chef Robert Guest and David Auer who have both completely transformed the dining room and dining experience. The dining room now features Canadian artist Vince Dumoulin paintings on the white walls which provide a stunning artistic presence which equally match the beauty created on the plates.
My friend Joe Tong joined me for dinner and both had the Degustation Menu a 7 course tasting menu with French wine pairings. To Start we were served a beautifully presented North Arm Farms Carrot Juice followed by their version of Bacon & Eggs.
The next course was very cool, Ocean in the Pot cooked in the ocean at the table. The Sturgeon was cooked in the glass jar, from the ocean to the table.
The next course featured Thiesen Farms Pheasant with carrot purée and edible flowers another beautiful dish which was followed an interactive palate cleanser where they poured Liquid Nitrogen on herbs table-side before adding Rhubarb Sorbet. Interactive and very refreshing taking local to another level – Nitrogen prepared Rhubarb sorbet w/ herbs! The next course was the perfectly cooked and outstanding Venison Tenderloin in a chocolate sauce with local vegetables.
Our last course was the beautiful Garden Creme Brûlées – Lavender rhubarb and carrot to finish off the meal.
The chef has his own fruits, herbs and vegetable garden on the roof where he is growing as much as he can seasonally, these creative folk are taking French cooking and mixing with molecular gastronomy creating one of a kind dining experiences. I am looking forward to a return visit to try more dishes as the seasons change.
Review by: Richard Wolak