Weekend in wonderful Vancouver
I will be visiting Vancouver Jan 13-15 for the first time as a holiday gift for my boyfriend. I am totally new and need recs for dinner for both Friday and Sat night. I am looking for something upscale and trendy with very good and interesting food (not someplace super over hyped). Some place where we could dress up, but nothing dressy and doesn't need to be romantic. A place with a great wine list would be preferred (although that ususally comes hand in hand w/ a good restaurant). Price isn't a very big issue but would like to stay with in the $$$ range. Thanks for the help!
West is our restaurant for special occasions, but Cru is our go-to restaurant when we want to be ensured of a top-notch meal that doesn't completely break the bank.
Voted one of EnRoute Magazine's Top 10 New Restaurants of 2004, Cru has an outstanding wine list, both by the glass and by the bottle. Co-owner Mark Taylor, sommelier and regular judge at the Vancouver Magazine Annual Wine Awards, takes great care in compiling his wine selection.
Chef Dana Reinhardt is equally dextrous in the kitchen. Current menu standouts include their Smoked Albacore Tuna with beets, truffle vinaigrette and crispy shallots; Herb-crusted New Zealand Lamb Loin with provençal-style tart and haricots vert; and their Syrah-braised Beef Short Rib with macaroni and cheese. Whatever you do, don't miss their Goat Cheese Cake with sour cherry compote and biscuit sablé for dessert.
Cru's three-course prix-fixe menu is a bargain at $36, and à-la-carte dining is equally cost effective. I've noted their website below.
It might be out of your price range, but if it's a close call, West would be worth the splurge. Sounds like exactly what you are looking for...cool, classy room, gracious and slick service. And the food, OHMIGOD THE FOOD!
I posted an extensive review in late September. That meal ran a bit over
US$400, but we had a couple of rounds of cocktails and an extra appetizer in addition to the tasting menu/wine pairings.