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Special occasion dinners

justxpete Jan 29, 2014 11:54 AM

Seems I'm having a hard time figuring out places that are sufficient. Not a fan of Hawksworth, are there any other places? Maybe Tojos/OG omakase? Else?

  1. justxpete Feb 11, 2014 01:03 PM

    Anything worth going to in Whistler?

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    1. re: justxpete
      waylman Feb 11, 2014 03:01 PM

      Araxi is fantastic.

      1. re: justxpete
        twinkienic Feb 11, 2014 05:13 PM

        Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler is great. I think if you order a bottle of champagne, you can go down to the cellar and sabre it!

      2. waylman Feb 9, 2014 09:40 AM

        my picks would be

        Le Crocodile
        Blue Water

        1. KarenDW Feb 7, 2014 08:49 PM

          Yew at Four Seasons.
          My parents like Mosaic at the Hyatt, but I think it's due to the free chocolate cake for birthdays :)

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          1. re: KarenDW
            grayelf Feb 7, 2014 09:25 PM

            We drove by the place that was being picketed, Pidgin, tonight, on our way to Bistro Wagon Rouge (drool) which made . Still haven't gone but could be worth considering. I'd also add Farmer's Apprentice to the special occasions roster for the food quality.

          2. NoMoreSnuggles Jan 29, 2014 02:23 PM

            Vancouver is apparently too 'laid back' to support a lot of true fine dining but for very good but kinda pricey meals, I would say The Pear Tree, Cioppino's, Blue Water, and Le Crocodile all fit the bill. Also, the room is in severe need of an update but Diva at the Met is serving really tasty food these days.

            If you want a *really* special occasion, blow the doors down meal, drive 45 minutes south to Lummi Island and hit the Willows Inn. It's unbelievable.

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            1. re: NoMoreSnuggles
              LotusRapper Jan 29, 2014 02:28 PM

              I'm planning that (Willows Inn) for my 20th anniv. coming up later this Fall :-)

              I agree, it'll be the sort of no-holds-barred meal and experience that I kinda doubt can be found in Vancouver for the same price.

              Mijune of FollowMeFoodie did up very detailed 'revews' of Willows Inn:



              1. re: LotusRapper
                NoMoreSnuggles Jan 29, 2014 03:48 PM

                That's excellent. You will not find a meal like it in Vancouver at any price.

              2. re: NoMoreSnuggles
                justxpete Jan 29, 2014 03:09 PM

                Thanks NMS - heard good things about Pear Tree but found BW to be average.

                re: Willows Inn - I've heard about this place, and want to go - but 45 mins? I thought it was 2 hours or so, which I confirmed w/ google maps - am I missing something?

                1. re: justxpete
                  NoMoreSnuggles Jan 29, 2014 03:46 PM

                  You got me. It feels like it's right over the border but in fact it's about 20 min south of it and then there's a crossing you have to take to actually get to onto the island, so Google Maps is not lying.

                  1. re: justxpete
                    LotusRapper Jan 29, 2014 03:46 PM

                    30 mins from border to ferry terminal for Lummi:


                    The wait + sailing time adds another 1/2 hr or so (20 mins btwn sailings, 6 mins crossing time).

                    1. re: LotusRapper
                      justxpete Jan 29, 2014 05:19 PM

                      That's not bad. Looks like an hour 20 to the ferry from Van.

                      1. re: justxpete
                        LotusRapper Jan 29, 2014 06:37 PM

                        IF you have Nexus. Otherwise it's a total wildcard. 'Tho at the current (or lower) exchange rate, the SB lineups will only get shorter.

                  2. re: NoMoreSnuggles
                    justxpete Feb 7, 2014 01:15 PM

                    Tried to book Lummi island for valentine's, but the restaurant isn't open until early March - so it will have to wait. Looking for other ideas for Valentine's now.

                    1. re: justxpete
                      LotusRapper Feb 7, 2014 01:24 PM

                      Sooke Harbour House ?


                      The Oyster Bar (on Chuckanut Drive) just south of Bellingham ?



                      Chuckanut Manor ?


                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        LotusRapper Feb 7, 2014 01:30 PM

                        It's been many years since we've eaten at The Oyster Bar (10 years ago, for our 10th anniv ?).

                        1. re: LotusRapper
                          justxpete Feb 7, 2014 01:44 PM

                          What about Point no point?

                        2. re: justxpete
                          islandgirl Feb 7, 2014 02:22 PM

                          5 Sails at the Pan Pacific? I've never eaten there but my inlaws love it for a special occasion and I imagine the view is spectacular.

                      2. LotusRapper Jan 29, 2014 01:59 PM

                        Price range ?

                        # of people ?

                        Type of occasion ?

                        Cuisine ?

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                        1. re: LotusRapper
                          justxpete Jan 29, 2014 02:27 PM

                          Price range: any

                          # of people: 2

                          Type of occasion: any

                          Cuisine: any

                        2. Quattrociocchi Jan 29, 2014 01:37 PM

                          Yew @ The Four Seasons?

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                            islandgirl Jan 29, 2014 01:01 PM


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