Taste of Yaletown is a dining event that is similar to Dine Out Vancouver except it’s just in Yaletown. Various restaurants participate and offer set menus for $25/35/45. Can you believe this is actually my first time participating? After perusing all the menus online, I came to the conclusion that Brix & Mortar would be a good choice and it seemed like I would get my bang for my buck.
Brix has two entrances, one on Hamilton Street and one on Homer Street. Today we entered through the Hamilton entrance as the Homer Street entrance was closed for a private event. The restaurant is a popular wedding venue. When I was browsing their photos on Instagram, there were more wedding photos than food photos!
Featured above is one of their summer cocktails. Yes you read that right, it’s a cocktail! This was the Big Flavours in Little China which had Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Lychee Liquor, Fresh Lemon, Clove Spiced Pear and Plum Bitters. I’ve never seen a drink served like this before! In fact I didn’t even know the container was that waterproof. It was fruity and sweet and I liked the combination of mandarin and lychee. Our server said that they’re slowly transitioning to winter cocktails so this may not be available soon.
Botanist is one of the newer restaurants in Vancouver and it is located inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim. It has taken over the space where ORU used to be (not that I’ve been there). We arrived before noon so it was still fairly quiet.
There is a bar area as you enter and then you will notice the lush greenery surrounding the dining space. Read more
Nightingale is Chef David Hawksworth’s second restaurant venture. Located on W. Hastings and Burrard Street, this restaurant has a less formal vibe and you might not even notice it if you pass by. I’ve never been to Hawksworth (situated inside Hotel Georgia) so this won’t be a comparison post.
My co-workers and I came for a spontaneous Friday lunch and they managed to squeeze us in. The menu does change frequently so you might you get exactly what I had (e.g. sides may differ seasonally). Some items are gluten free but you’ll have to check with your server because it’s not indicated on the menu.
For my one and only dine out this year, I went to Wildebeest. They’re suppose to have great food and great service! My friend and I walked over after work for our 5:30pm reservation and we were seated right away as it wasn’t busy yet. Wildebeest is offering a three course menu for $40.
My company had our Christmas party in Whistler this year at the Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. I was in charge of researching restaurants and we chose this one because they had the best set menu price. Wild Wood Pacific Bistro is located inside the Crystal Lodge.
We drove up on a Friday afternoon and explored Whistler Village for a bit before heading to dinner. Actually I was really hungry before dinner so I popped into Purebread for a snack first! I just couldn’t resist and had to satisfy my big sweet tooth. If you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with Purebread and I should probably do an updated post since I go there so often.
The VCC Chef’s Table dinner is prepared by VCC’s International Culinary Arts students. I believe they host one in the fall and one in spring. They offer a 5 course seasonal tasting menu for $30 which is a great deal if you want to try fine dining but don’t want to fork out a lot of money. For an additional $15, you can do a wine pairing as well.
To my surprise, most of the diners in attendance were middle aged and we were the youngest people there. Maybe it was just that night but I expected a wider age demographic. Or maybe people my age don’t really know about this event because I had never heard of it before either. Read more
Glowbal Grill used to be in Yaletown but now they have relocated to the new Telus Gardens building on Georgia and Seymour. I’ve never been to their old location but the new one is really fancy looking! Like somewhere you would go to impress someone. All the waitresses are wearing similar uniforms and in the dim lighting, they all looked the same!
The Rose Sangria caught my eye with pears and strawberries as well as rose wine, peach liqueur, apple juice, mint and tonic water. Read more