Tag: Cocktails

Interview with Nathan Jackman

Bartender | Catch 122| Vancouver Nathan came to Vancouver from Toronto where he had many years of experience in the hospitality industry as well as background in marketing and administration. He won 3rd place in the Vancouver Foodster Caesar Challenge…

First Taste of Royal Dinette

I had a taste of the food and drink at a preview dinner last night which was an impressive fete orchestrated by notable Chef David Gunawan. His new restaurant offers Downtown Vancouver a true farm-to-table feast for the senses with…

First Taste of Nosh Downtown Vancouver

I toured the new Nosh that opened in Telus Garden in downtown Vancouver, this new dining concept from the Global Group features a one-of-a-kind grab n’ go eatery and pâtisserie. Transitioning from a bakery in the morning, to a salad and panini…

GRAPES AND SODA

1541 W 6th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-336-2456 Web: http://www.grapesandsoda.ca Twitter: @grapesandsoda Advice: No reservations. Open Wednesday – Sunday. Continuing the journey that Chef David Gunawan and Dara Young started with their next door eatery, The Farmers Apprentice. The progression here…

CHILL WINSTON

UPDATED 10/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED  3 Alexander Street, Vancouver Tel: 604 288 9575 Web: http://www.chillwinston.com/ Twitter: @chillwinston Advice: Reservations suggested, walk-ins welcome. Turning it up a notch, Chef Derek Bothwell has put a creative spin on the menu; while bartender…

Omakase Dinner at the Raw Bar

I was fortunate to join my friend and fellow writer Lawrence Ferber and friends recently for another Omakase tasting multi-course dinner. Chef Takayuki Omi prepared a selection of dishes as well as his 100% Ocean Wise certified sushi, sashimi and…

WILDTALE COASTAL GRILL

1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 428-9211 Web: http://wildtale.ca/ Twitter: @wildtalevan Advice: Reservations suggested. Coastal ingredients are the focus of this new Yaletown eatery run by co-owners/chefs John Crook and Erik Heck.  The dining room seats 100 inside and 50…

BEACH BAY CAFÉ

1193 Denman Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-685-7337 Web: http://www.beachbaycafe.com/ Twitter: @BeachBayCafe Advice: Reservations suggested, walk-ins welcome. With it’s Westcoast focus you will find a menu featuring the bounty of what BC has to offer with Executive Chef Scott Korzack running the…

BLACKTAIL

UPDATED 4/2/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 200–322 Water Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-669 -0249 Web: http://www.blacktail.ca/ Twitter: @BlacktailVan Advice: Reservations suggested. With it’s evolution from the former Blacktail Florist to Blacktail, this culinary destination is now driven by the ever so creative…

LITTLE MEXICO CANTINA

#150 – 3131 Chatham St., Richmond Tel: 604-272-5123 Web: http://www.littlemexicocantina.com/index.html Twitter: @LMCSteveston Advice: Reservations suggested. After almost 20 years, the restaurant changed hands last summer and is now run by passionate owner, Carol Janeczko with Chef Roberto Lopez Lara running the…

BAUHAUS RESTAURANT

1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-974-1147 Web: http://bauhaus-restaurant.com/ Twitter: @BauhausRest Advice: Advance reservations a must. With it’s contemporary German focus, the kitchen is run by Michelin star Chef Stefan Hartmann who came from Berlin, he is not only a perfectionist…

VANCOUVER FISH COMPANY

1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver Tel: (604 559 3474 Web: http://www.vanfish.com/ Twitter: @VanFishCo Advice: Reservations suggested, try to snag a spot on the patio. With it’s seafood focus and beautiful location overlooking the marina in False Creek, Chef John McManus has…

THE GREEK BY ANATOLI

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 985 9853 Web: http://thegreekbyanatoli.com/ Twitter: @TheGreekYT Advice: Open daily for lunch and dinner. Taking Greek cuisine to another level. brothers Alexi and Iani Makris and their friend Daniel Bergman, have created a room that’s filled…

MALT & MARROW

UPDATED 4/15/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: (778) 379-6678 Web: http://www.maltandmarrow.com/ Twitter @MaltandMarrow Advice: Takes reservations. With it’s refined gastro lounge feel, Chef Kai Leitner has created a wonderful menu of intriguing dishes that are euro inspired…

BLACK RICE IZAKAYA

782 Cambie Street, Vancouver Tel:  (778) 379-0416 Web: http://www.blackrice.ca/ Twitter: @BR_Izakaya Advice: Reservations suggested. Specializing in Japanese Izakaya you will find a menu that is filled with sashimi, sushi, nigiri, small cold and hot plates, tapas and Kushi-Yaki. I visited for…

BIG ROCK URBAN EATERY

310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-708-8311 Web: http://bigrockurban.com/ Twitter @BRUeateryYVR Advice: Takes reservations, walk-ins welcome. Located on the Western edge of Olympic Village, close to the Canada-line station, it’s a large brewpub dining hall with seating for 160 and…

Interview with Tarquin Melnyk

Bartender | Bambudda Gastown | Vancouver Tarquin had been working in a hospital doing recreation therapy for many years. In 2006 he made a life change to be a server in an upscale diner in Edmonton. He yearned to learn…

Tarquin Melnyk and his Cocktails

Tarquin Melnyk is the Bar Manager at Bambudda in Gastown. I asked Tarquin to make a selection of his unique cocktails at Bambudda. Up first is the New Gwei-Lo New Gwei-Lo This drink is pineapple preserved three ways and was…

SAI WOO

160 East Pender Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-1117 Web: http://www.saiwoo.ca/ Twitter: @doyousaiwoo Advice: Reservations suggested. With a nod to the history of its 1930’s predecessor, Sai Woo Chop Suey, occupied the same footprint, and the contemporary version is poised to become…

PATRON TACOS & CANTINA

265 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-558-3368 Web: http://www.patrontc.com/ Twitter: @patrontc Advice: Reservations suggested for larger parties, walkins welcome. A true cantina, this Mexican eatery has been turning out stellar favourites since opening a couple of years ago. Chef Enrique Menendez…

WISHES + LUCK

UPDATED 8/6/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 484-9371 Web: https://instagram.com/wishesandluck/ Twitter: @wishes_and_luck Advice: No reservations. Closed Mondays. Owned by Chef Ciaran Chung & Dolly Reno they have created a menu of share plates with a focus…

PROHIBITION BAR

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.673.7088 Web: http://prohibitionrhg.com/ Twitter: @RWHotelGeorgia Advice: Closed Sundays. Dress code in effect. Located at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this glamourous cocktail bar features a 3,000-square-foot lounge with daily live musical entertainment and sleek interiors…

ARGAN BISTRO

UPDATED 10/14/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 795 Jervis Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-563-8466 Web: http://arganbistro.com/ Twitter: @ArganBistro Advice: Reservations suggested. Ever evolving this is a hidden gem and the latest eatery from Chef Nourdine Majdoubi and his partner Kevin Lin, both who…

MOSQUITO

32 Water Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-398-3188 Web: www.mosquitodessert.com Twitter: @mosquitodessert Advice: Open Wed – Sun night. No reservations. It’s dark, mysterious and full of character, the space was designed by Craig Stanghetta; there are many elements to this spot including…

TRAFALGARS BISTRO

UPDATED 4/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED  2603 W.16th, Vancouver Tel: 604-739-0555 Web: http://trafalgars.com/home.html Twitter: @TrafalgarsInVan Advice: Reservations suggested. After many years since my last visit, my good friend Sherri Morris joined me to indulge in Chef Paul Haldane’s dishes. The restaurant’s…

Prohibition Bar Opening

Last week I attended the opening party for the newest cocktail bar in the city, and one of the most beautiful, located downstairs inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Guests enjoyed a line-up of classic cocktails including The Prohibition, The Hotel…

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