1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Advice: Try to get a banquette seat in front of the bar for best people watching or sit outside on the patio. Located inside the Loden Hotel.
Starting out the meal with some cocktails to refresh the palate, my friend Ajay had The Moonlight Cocktail ($11) while I had the refreshing Polynesian ($11) with rum, house made falernum, tropical juices, dash of pernod.
Taking our top notch server Ryan’s suggestions we began our dinner with the delicious Braised Veal Ravioli ($12) tomato sauce, padano cheese; and then the phenomenal Mushrooms on Toast ($10) creamy mushrooms & herbs. Ajay was craving Spot Prawns so he indulged in the Spot Prawn Cocktail ($16).
For our mains I had the delicious and large Beef Short Ribs ($20) bbq sauce & creamy coleslaw and yummy frites; and Ajay had the Braised Veal Shank ($25) with creamy polenta, rapini, citrus herb gremolat.
The beautiful room by local interior designer Franco Avignoni has already become a people watchers paradise, he has blended old world classic bistro elements such as custom brasses, solid wood panelling, marble and leather banquettes with original “pop art” elements including an upside down pool in the ceiling, its modern and dynamic.
Review By: Richard Wolak