Can't-Say-No Lunch Invite, Vancouver
- HomeCookKirsten Feb 4, 2009 08:48 PM
If you were hosting a luncheon in Vancouver for a group of 15-20 and wanted everyone to say YES and clear their schedule, where would you host? Ideally centrally located, not overly formal and a can't-pass-up spot for in-the-know types. Budget not major concern...business lunch, but no need for formal...
Thanks! Can't wait to hear ideas!
Cioppino's is no longer open for lunch. How about the new Regional Tasting Room (rtl) in Yaletown? (Spanish, Middle Eastern AND a local BC menu). Of course, the two hottest new can't-pass-up spots for in-the-know types are Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel and Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro in Kits. Both are definitely open for lunch.
sorry, rtl is only open for dinner...
We are pleased to announce, r.tl is open for dinner from 4pm, 7 days a week.
Currently featuring Spanish, Middle Eastern and Coastal British Columbian fare, r.tl brings you dishes and flavours from new regions of the world every quarter.
With small sharing plates, r.tl offers versatile tastes and flavours and a unique experience.
A solid wine program reflects the regional concept featuring 30 wines by the glass using state of the art automatic wine machines, selected by the house sommelier Alain Canuel.
A classic cocktail program features 40+ classics and twists at the bar, served with premium and top-shelf liquors and spirits.
Vancouver simply doesn't have enough corporate clientele to support a thriving lunch scene. The busiest lunch spots are hotel restaurants, and there are some very good ones. Take Diva at the Met, for instance. Chef Dino Raenarts is president of the local Chef's Table Society. He's one of the most ardent supporters of small local farms and suppliers around. He recently hired Chef Jeff Van Geest as his chef de cuisine. Chef Van Geest is the former owner of Aurora Bistro, one of the most lauded, regional restaurants in the city (it even had a BC-only wine list). But if you really don't want a hotel restaurant, I'd say change your plans to dinner and go to Bishop's. John Bishop is the granddaddy of the locavore scene (the Alice Waters of Canada). And the restaurant is very highly acclaimed. Or Cioppino's, which is always excellent. Your in-the-know guests will line up to dine at either.
Thanks everyone! I ended up going with Il Giardino and was very, very happy with the result.
Beautiful space, excellent service and even with a large group (20) the food was fantastic and all serving temperatures/doneness, etc. was lovely.
So fantastic!! Thanks everyone for your recommendations!