2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Advice: Reservations are recommended in advance.
Truly one of a kind, after almost 25 years serving the best in Canadian cuisine, many of the country’s best chefs were trained here by icon Chef John Bishop. After a couple of years, I finally made a return visit for dinner and this time to sample the 3 course Urban Grains special ($38) which is their early bird dining special available daily from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Even though the Executive Chef Andrea Carlson is offering this daily she will often decide what to feature on the menu a few hours in advance. As part of this meal I enjoyed the Red Spring Wheat Gnocchi Agassiz chestnuts, baby cabbage, bacon jus for my appetizer; the entrée was the Fraser Valley Goat Chop with fennel sausage, wheat berry and quince sauté, quince jus; and for dessert I enjoyed the Whole Wheat Browned Butter Breton Cake caramelized apple, crème fraiche ice cream, browned butter vinaigrette. To round off my meal I had an espresso which was from local roaster Ethical Bean. For an additional $20 they will pair the 3 courses with 3 amazing wines.
If you like to dine early or are looking for a great special then make a reservation and join them for their $38 Three Course Early Bird Dinner offered each night. Every month they change the focus and most often the Chef creates the menu of the evening a few hours before.
If you are dining after the early bird offering or anytime after opening there are wonderful a la carte creations inspired by the chef that will have you savoring every bite, this is a restaurant for foodies and for a celebrating memorable occasions.
Review by: Richard Wolak