The Dishes is a new Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included.
For this week’s edition of The Dishes, we ask Robyn Gray, Head Bartender at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia (where curates the cocktail lists for all three outlets: Prohibition Speakeasy, Reflections the Garden Terrace, and 1927 the Lobby Lounge) and Secretary of the Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association, to show us where he gets his fill of Vancouver, starting with his place of work…
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
Nothin’ like home cookin’! The avocado toast is much more affordable this way. But because I live in North Van, and if it is a day off, I head to Terroir Kitchen in West Vancouver. Chef Faizal has created the most amazing brunch menu and my boy Morris serves my Sablefish Pancakes with impeccable style and attention to detail.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Oh…I don’t drink coffee or tea. It makes me feel like I am on a ‘Class A’ come down. I love herbal tea though, but rarely do I use it as an excuse to socialize. So we would meet at the Queens Cross Pub for a pint instead. The locals of Upper Lonsdale congregate here and there is always someone to bump into. I am a social butterfly, you know. They say beer was the original morning beverage, right?
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
Time to head over the bridge. I adore the food at Nightingale by Chef Hawksworth. I regularly meet up for business lunches here. They just rolled out a tuna and arugula salad with fava beans that is just to die for! Nice and light to start the afternoon off right.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
Royal Dinette – Aperativo Happy Hour! Are you kidding me? An Aperol Spritz or an Americano makes the perfect light libation for a pre-shift happy hour. Brilliant!
What’s for dinner?
What’s not for dinner? There is just too much. I’ll have to go with an old faithful here: Mamie Taylor’s. Burger. Medium Rare.
What’s for dessert?
I am not much for sweets, so wine and cheese it is. UVA does it so nicely. A board of Canadian and Italian cheeses with choices of Pineau and White Port? Yes.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
I always take you to The Keefer Bar, don’t I? I can trust the bartenders to do it right. Daiquiris, cans of cider and shots of tequila. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It’s not.