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Tim Pawsey

Gotham Steakhouse: A Cut Above

By TIM PAWSEY
Apr. 2018

Photo of Gotham Steakhouse by KK Law

Power lunches are the norm at plush and polished Gotham, where it’s hard not to linger over the likes of beef forestiere medallions, chicken paillard, a cornucopian lobster Cobb salad, and tuna poke. Service is prompt, personal—and speedy, if needed—while the dinner menu features the ultimate in 60-day dry-aged Canada prime cuts, grilled to perfection. Wicked cocktails are a bonus.

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Hooked on Oddfish

By TIM PAWSEY
Feb. 2018

Hamachi crudo at Oddfish (Photo by KK Law)

Just across Burrard Bridge, lively Oddfish lures with a variety of simple but well-prepared fresh and finny fare. Starters range from lime- and jalapeño-teased hamachi to ahi tuna poke or side stripe shrimp ceviche. Mains yield a wealth of seasonally changing tastes such as ling cod with caponata, seared seabass topped with chermoula, or bowls of nicely spiced mussels or clams, all paired with smartly chosen, eclectic wines. Don’t miss the Hot Mess: a cornucopian romp of a platter piled high with fish and shellfish, topped with a robust salsa verde.

For Peat’s Sake: Visit Vancouver’s Hidden Whisky House

By TIM PAWSEY
Feb. 2018

Sam Heather with a flight of whisky, at Shebeen. (Photo by KK Law)

Venture into the back of Gastown’s The Irish Heather to find Shebeen Whisk(e)y House. The well-concealed snug is one of the coziest salutes to whisky anywhere, a fact not missed by the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017, who named it the Best Irish Whiskey Experience in North America. Owner Sean Heather offers an array of whiskies from all over. His favourite? Redbreast from Dublin’s Midleton. “It’s a pure pot still, which is the Irish equivalent to a single malt,” says the amiable publican.

Yaletown Destination: Cioppino’s

By TIM PAWSEY
Jan. 2018

At Cioppino’s, chef Pino Posteraro serves up specialties such as lemon-saffron risotto with wild prawns. (Photo by KK Law)

For top-tier Italian, head to Cioppino’s, where star chef Pino Posteraro works wonders in his finely tuned open kitchen. Flavours run the gamut, from pan-roasted sablefish, roasted lobster tails with sausage, and Tuscan-style rib-eye with arugula and parmesan, to veal osso buco Milanese and, of course, namesake cioppino with spicy bouillabaisse broth and rouille. The always attentive service is as precise and detail-driven as the cuisine. As for the cellar, the chef has a formidable palate and is a master of food and wine pairing, with a wide-ranging list to match the menu.

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4 Perfect Prix Fixe Menus

By TIM PAWSEY
Jan. 2018

Perfect plates at Mak N Ming may include delicious mussels in pork broth. (Photo by KK Law)

The best way to experience a kitchen at its peak is to let the chef choose the meal—and the sommelier choose the wines. These restaurants excel: (more…)

Chinatown Redux: Classic Dishes, Reinvented

By TIM PAWSEY
Jan. 2018

Vintage art, button lights and preserved trees add to the ambience at Sai Woo. (Photo by KK Law)

Savour new twists on old flavours in one of the city’s original neighbourhoods. Housed in an artfully re-envisioned 1920s chop suey house, Sai Woo (pictured) blends classic ingredients with contemporary flair. Go for Chinese “paella,” Korean scallion pancakes with barbecued pork, and sous vide Szechuan black-pepper beef. Or book a dumpling masterclass and historic Chinatown walking tour. At Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, owner Tannis Ling salutes the street food of Saigon and Taipei with edgy small plates, family recipes and savvy cocktails. Nearby, at The Union’s friendly communal tables, you can meet locals while savouring inventive pan-Asian tastes.

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Dine Out 2018: Canada’s Biggest Food and Wine Celebration

By TIM PAWSEY

Photo of Yew Seafood + Bar by KK Law

Jan. 19 to Feb. 4, 2018 Vancouverites love their food. Witness the extravaganza that is Dine Out. The 17-day-long festival, which started as a make-work project to fill seats in the post-holiday season, has blossomed into Canada’s biggest food and wine celebration. If you’re looking for dining deals, there’s no better time to be here, with over 200 restaurants offering set menus for $20, $30 and $40. Beyond dining deals, the festival now includes an extraordinary repertoire of 35 unique events to appeal to every taste and interest. From craft beer tours and specialty-tea gastronomy tastings to market tours and street food celebrations, the festival leaves no stone unturned. To check on event availability, click here.

Zest Japanese Cuisine Reopens as Yuwa

By TIM PAWSEY
Dec. 2017

Clockwise from top: ohitashi bok choy, tuna with nori sauce, spicy salmon tartare, kusshi oyster and soy-roasted duck. (Photo: KK Law)

Long-time West Side destination Zest now sports a new moniker: Yuwa Japanese Cuisine, a fitting showcase for the Tokyo-honed talents of chef Masahiro Omori. The chef embraces local ingredients such as yuzu-citrus-marinated BC sablefish, or ling cod pâté and prawn wrapped in nori and tofu skin then deep-fried. Veal cheek is simmered in hatcho-miso stock, while peppered Berkshire pork is served with spinach gomae, yuzu-pepper paste and Pommery mustard. To go along, well-chosen wines and the city’s best selection of artisan sake.

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Season

By TIM PAWSEY
Dec. 2017

Wild side stripe shrimp salad at Boulevard is delicious, whether deconstructed or fully assembled. (Photo: KK Law)

In a city that sparkles all over, here’s where to mark the season in style. (more…)

Fireside Dining in Downtown Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY
Nov. 2017

Quinoa salad with albacore tuna, green beans and a soft-boiled egg, at Yew Seafood + Bar. (Photo by KK Law)

Warm the cockles of your heart at these hearthside havens that provide welcome winter respite. Yew Seafood + Bar in the Four Seasons embraces local and cross-Canada ingredients prepared with classic French flair. Against a flickering backdrop, enjoy rack of lamb, lobster bisque with crispy leeks, or sablefish with crab-and-ricotta ravioli. Sip cocktails in front of the fireplace at cozy Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge in the intimate and opulent Wedgewood Hotel. Or hunker down over a local pint and a bowl of chowder, close to the hearths at Cardero’s Restaurant, right on the Coal Harbour seawall.

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Hidden Gems: Moose’s Down Under

By TIM PAWSEY
Nov. 2017

At Moose’s owner Corina Aquino serves dishes such as the Aussie burger, topped with beets, pineapple and a fried egg. (Photo by KK Law)

Some of the best bites—and people—are tucked away in unlikely spots. A welcoming Aussie bar and grill, the suitably subterranean Moose’s Down Under attracts expats and locals alike. Drop by for a true taste of Oz: meat pies, chicken parmas, Vegemite-and-cheese “sangers” (sandwiches), schnitzels, and wicked burgers with all the trimmings, including a tender kangaroo burger. And maybe catch some exciting Aussie rules footy while you’re at it.

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Spicy Bites: Malaysian Cuisine at Banana Leaf

By TIM PAWSEY
Nov. 2017

Nasi goreng campur (L), Singapore laksa (M) and eggplant fries (R) at Banana Leaf. (Photo by KK Law)

Always appealing, Banana Leaf celebrates the Malaysian Straits, that unique culinary crossroads of Portuguese, Indonesian, Thai, Indian and Chinese influences. Roaming from lettuce wraps and Singapore chilli whole crab to sambal green beans and caramelized-ginger black cod, the fare is immensely varied at these welcoming, vibrant rooms. Don’t miss the well-priced seven- or eight-course tasting menus with optional BC wine pairings.