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Suggestions for the Week-End in Vancouver?

Bob Mac Apr 17, 2012 03:49 PM

I am flying in for the week-end Thursday afternoon. We are meeting good friends who have suggested Ensemble and another which is apparently amore casual offering from the folks from Cru.

We are staying at the Four Seasons and are interested in good interesting food of any type but are up for more casual than dressed up. A view of the water would be a plus for me. I intend to go for some wine at the Cactus Club at English Bay. I don't mind CC and quite enjoy their tuna club. We did the Boathouses in Kits and New West last visit so will give them a pass.


  1. LotusRapper Apr 17, 2012 04:15 PM

    Inside Four Seasons is the new Yew: http://www.yewrestaurant.com/

    Or if a view is preferred, say of Coal Harbour, there's also Cardero's: http://www.vancouverdine.com/carderos

    1. grayelf Apr 17, 2012 09:27 PM

      The Cru-related resto must be Siena. We've been once and thought it was pretty good but not outstanding. Pass on the bruschetti for sure, very meh. And be sure to go early to avoid a wait. Also not an ideal place to catch up with old friends as the tables are not comfy and the room is a bit loud.

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      1. re: grayelf
        Bob Mac Apr 18, 2012 05:43 AM

        Siena sounds like Cru was the one time on a past visit we "introduced" our friends to it. Copious quantities of Poplar Grove cab franc and mouthfuls of Tiger Blue cheese spring to mind.

        We usually end up on the north shore with them so this will be a change.

        Lotusrapper, I expect I'll pop into Yew if no other reason to spy their wine list which advertises 300 wines by the glass.

        Looking forward to seeing the water and relaxing.

        1. re: Bob Mac
          anewton Apr 18, 2012 12:58 PM

          Bob, Alexandra Gill from the Globe and Mail reviewed Yew about a month ago and said the food was OUTSTANDING. FWIW, she indicated that Yew was now the "go-to" place in Vancouver for non-Asian preparations of west coast seafood. Knowing that she is no pushover, I have since put Yew on my shortlist of places to dine when I am visiting Vancouver, though I have not yet had the opportunity.

          1. re: anewton
            Bob Mac Apr 19, 2012 07:24 AM

            Thanks anewton....usually you are one of my "stand-bys" when I am looking for Victoria info.

            I usually try to get out of my hotel but their menu and the accolades they have received since Gill's review tempt me. Unfortunately, my wife is not a fish fan...yes, yes I know if that is the case why do we head to the Island all the time? Reality is, I am.

            I think our itinerary is complete. We fly out this afternoon and will meet family at the English Bay Cactus Club for an early dinner as I ":work"...well sort of...tomorrow. I just want a nice bottle of wine, a seat with a view of the water and I can "chill out" .

            Tomorrow we are heading to a spot [as of yet unnamed] on the North Shore as that is where our friends are and Saturday my wife and I will find another spot with a view for lunch and meet up with our friends some place downtown. They are good company and so I am sure we'll enjoy ourselves.

            We get to Victoria more often than Van so am looking forward to the week-end. During past visits we've introduced them to Ouest [as it then was]. Lumiere, La Regalade, Cru, etc. so it will be good.

            Thanks for all of the suggestions.

            1. re: Bob Mac
              fmed Apr 19, 2012 09:26 AM

              Speaking of the North Shore and Alexandra Gill: Fraiche should be on your radar:

      2. waylman Apr 19, 2012 07:57 PM

        If you do end up at Siena, get the pork chop. I had it last weekend and it was killer!!!

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