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Some advice for a nice dinner with Mom

So I told my Mom I'd take her out for a nice dinner and now a bit stumped. I had originally thought to take her to Hawksworth as a splurge (and admittedly, it's a bit self serving as I want to try it) but my sister says it might be a bit lost on her. She likes "fine dining" but as she's gotten older, she tends to stick to spots like The Shaugnessy. I'm not sure if it's because the food is less "fussy" or because of the good value proposition. She's done Bishops, Fish House in Stanley Park, Quattro, and Provence before.

Any thoughts/suggestions on great food on a Sunday night that's "fine dining" and new-ish I'd like to keep it in Vancouver?


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  1. My in-laws highly recommend the 5 Sails at the Pan Pacific Hotel. They found Hawksworth too loud for their liking.

    1. What about YEW at the Four Seasons? It's got a casual, unfussy atmosphere (the servers are in gingham shirts and jeans, preserved veggies are lit up along the wall) but the food is definitely high quality. Even better - Sunday nights I believe they still do 50% off bottles of wine. YEW itself isn't new, but the chef's only been there for about a year if that so it has been revamped.

      My parents really enjoyed Fraiche - though you are going into West Van territory there. Great view. The food is fussier than YEW but the atmosphere is more subdued than Hawksworth.

      Not new, but I also really love The Pear Tree - very ambient and fine dining without being over the top.

      1. Thanks for the thoughts, I forgot she goes to the 5 Sails so I'll cross that off the list but YEW looks promising with all the seafood. Think she'll like that plus the 50% off bottles of wine is fabulous.

        1. Too bad The William Tell (RIP) is no longer.

          La Belle Auberge is old-school fine dining, set in a relaxed atmosphere.

          I had a good dinner recently at Tableau, not fussy, casual yet classy.

          Salmon House on the Hill ?

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Sadly, La Belle Auberge is closing at the end of September.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Upvote for Tableau, with the caveat that if your mom is hard of hearing, the acoustics in that place are terrible, especially on busy nights.

            2. I would suggest Le Crocodile - it's adult, not challenging and still pretty darn delicious after all these years.

              1. Yeah, sad about William Tell. I remember my mom taking me there as a kid, that and Delilah's (when it used to be on Haro) where I had caviar for the first time and I just about spit it out, it was so salty. Lol.

                Too many meals at Salmon House, plus I didn't feel like crossing any bridges but thanks LR.

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                1. re: bdachow

                  If the Teahouse still appeals and the view is as gorgeous as ever,

                2. Il Giardino? A friend recently raved about a nice time there.
                  My Mom loved Adesso when it used to be L'Altro Buca.
                  Otherwise she likes Provence, but it can be a little noisy.

                  Let me know what you decide, we're always looking for places for the older folks (especially if not too loud).

                  1. So I ended up taking my mom to the Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel. Overall experience was quite pleasant and my mom is now wanting to take her lady friends here for brunch too. Service was very attentive and our waiter was extremely professional and knowledgable even though the outfit suggested young and possibly inexperienced. Here, appearances can be deceiving. We split the foie gras started and our waiter did indicate that it came cold but if we wished to, we could opt for a seared torchon of foie. I let my mom decide and she went for cold. It was nice but not being a huge foie fan (cold versions I liken to eating a pat of butter), I will withhold any judgement. We then went and shared the seafood platter for 2. It came with 4 raw oysters, crab and avocado salad, scallop crudo with caviar, tuna ceviche and smoked salmon. All served with wonton crisps. Overall, impeccably fresh seafood and the flavours were nice and I thought everything worked quite well. By that time, we skipped dessert given how full both of us were (I had eaten at Hai Phong only hours earlier). My only gripe is that the 50% off bottles on Sunday is a great deal (includes champagne as well) but the mark up on the bottle is obnoxious, hence the 50% off gets you in line with what I consider to be reasonable. For example, a bottle of Billecart Rose Champagne was on the list for $360. I pay (in Bermuda, where everything is already expensive, $165 at one of our better restos). Now could there be a vintage difference? Quite possibly but dang, it tasted the same to me.

                    Overall, it was a very nice dinner and my mom was super pleased with the entire experience so that in my mind, was worth the price tag.

                    Thanks Reiney for the suggestion!

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                    1. re: bdachow

                      Oh I'm so pleased that you had a nice meal there - next time try the milk tea dessert if it's still on the menu. It's really well done and one of the more interesting desserts I've had in Vancouver.

                      I am totally with you on the wine mark-up...that's Vancouver, in one respect, though I had the same bottle of cava at Sardine Can a few nights after YEW and I think with the 50% discount it was about $5 cheaper than Sardine Can's usual price. The Sunday night deal just makes it more affordable!

                      I do like what they're doing with the food there, though, and am glad your mom enjoyed the meal!