DINER: The First Look Inside The Next “NU” Restaurant, Opening In Gastown In 2 Weeks
by Andrew Morrison | I took a look inside the upcoming NU micro-restaurant in Gastown yesterday. It’s coming to us from restaurateur Harry Kambolis (see also “C” and Raincity Grill), and is located in the old sandwich shop off Cordova at the back of the House Guest in the old Le Magasin building (the official address is 332 Water). Foodies may remember this space as the former playground of Vancouver Club chef Sean Cousins, back when he was getting meaty with butchery in the early days of So.cial at Le Magasin (circa 2006). There are two other locations of NU – one on Robson and the other on Broadway. I like them both, but the third is shaping up to be the prettiest. I’m digging the new branding and the heavy use of wood, and as you can see in one of the shots below, the old pressed tin ceilings have been restored to their original brilliance (they had been painted black). We can expect quick and simple Greek fare: flavoured pitas, filos in different shapes, open faced souvlakis (everything from octopus to lamb), and maybe…if we’re lucky…booze (Harry is gunning for a liquor licence). Service will be day only, but he’s entertaining the idea of opening of weekend evenings as well. There are 16 seats altogether, most of them communal. Best case scenario: open in under two weeks.