News from Scout supporter Crave Beachside
West Vancouver, BC | Amidst the Olympic fervor, take your special someone for a lovely dinner by the seashore this Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Wayne Martin has created an intriguing menu of exciting flavours at Crave Beachside. Complimentary sparkling wine and live music set the tone for a fun and romantic evening. Read more
Address: 1362 Marine Drive | West Vancouver, BC | V7T 1B5 | MAP
Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm | Dinner: Every night 5pm – 10pm | Brunch: 10am – 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday
General Manager: Cassidy Kennedy
COMFORT FOOD BY THE OCEAN
This waterside location on Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver offers a comfortable, coveted setting overlooking beach, ocean, mountains, the Vancouver skyline and even the rainforest that is Stanley Park. The “landmark” building has long been a neighbourhood favourite, with its large sunny patio and airy interior. It’s an ideal spot for a romantic cocktail, a friendly lunch, gatherings for family and friends and, of course, to watch the summer sun set from the patio. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual and fun while the food is creative, generous and affordable.
3941 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | MAP
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11am-10pm | Saturday: 9am-10pm | Sunday: 9am-9pm | Brunch Daily until 2:30pm | Closed on Mondays
Executive Chef/Owner: Wayne Martin
General Manager: John Oldham
Catering Liaison: Andrew Sward
A DELICIOUS URBAN EXPERIENCE
Crave on Main, in the trendy and upcoming Main Street neighbourhood, attracts guests from all locales. The small and intimate interior combines with a lush and charming seasonal patio to create an atmosphere that has made this urban delight so widely loved. CRAVE: where quality and care are evident in every bite of the grown-up, comfort-food menu. A delicious creation of Chef Wayne Martin (former Four Seasons Hotel executive chef), this upscale bistro prides itself in featuring fresh, local, and often organic ingredients. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual and fun while the food is creative, generous and affordable.
ABOUT WAYNE MARTIN
After 15 years honing his craft in the esteemed kitchens of Four Seasons Hotels around the world, executive chef Wayne Martin was eager to scale back and make a return to the kitchen…in his very own restaurant. Because what he had discovered —as a line cook in Four Seasons resorts in Minaki and Toronto, Ontario; and working his way up through the ranks in Nevis in the Caribbean, Austin and Atlanta; and as executive chef in Vancouver — is that he loves to cook, to create, “to touch the food.” Not that he would ever trade in those 15 years. They gave him all the tools and experience he would need as chef and owner of Crave on Main, opened in 2004; Fraiche restaurant, opened early in 2008; and Crave Beachside, opened in the summer of 2008. “I have no formal training,” says the native of Barrie, Ontario. Instead, he opened himself up to learning his trade, and credits two fellow Four Seasons chefs with being key in his development: Doug Anderson in Washington D.C. and Martin Frost in Santa Barbara. Ruy Paes Braga, former General Manager of the Four Seasons Vancouver, also infl uenced his outlook on running a business. “I’m still learning every day, and that’s vital. You have to be able to adapt to ever-changing cultures, environments, chefs, employees and kitchens. And you have to be able to listen to others; I’m not right all the time and I know that.” As for the food, Martin believes in keeping it simple and letting the fresh fl avours speak for themselves. He is no fan of the recent trend towards molecular gastronomy — in which the principles of science are applied to food to produce often surprising results, such as flavoured “foams,” “powders” and “pearls.” He does, however, like how the eating public is taking an increasing interest in what it’s eating and where it comes from. What’s next? Who knows. Martin likes the idea of launching a catering branch of Fraiche, and opening more craves in other communities, but he’s also enjoying where he’s at. “When I am in my chef whites, which is all the time, people ask where I work. I tell them that I own crave and Fraiche and not only do they know the places, but they have eaten there and enjoy the restaurants.” It doesn’t get much better than that.
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The Dockside Restaurant offers superbly prepared classic dishes in a setting like no other. Located on the waterfront where Granville Island faces the city, guests can enjoy panoramic views across False Creek to the world-famous cityscape of Yaletown and beyond to the mountains of the North Shore.
The open dining room is relaxed yet refined, wrapped in spectacular floor to ceiling windows, while the lounge offers warm intimate surroundings for evening cocktails. The award-winning patio catches sunlight from morning to late afternoon. Protected on three sides it’s an oasis of calm, disturbed only by the occasional sound of boats making their way along False Creek. Recent renovations have added fireplaces and casual seating areas to this Vancouver destination.
These three venues offer seating options that are perfect for groups from 4 to 200. With signature elements like a 50-foot aquarium and an open kitchen, each meal is an experience for all the senses. Located adjacent to the boutique Granville Island Hotel, the Dockside Restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended.
“This is our very favorite place. We drive into town from Delta and make an evening of browsing through Granville Isl. Market. The restaurnat is perfect for a quiet evening.View is wonderful. I appreciate the spacious arrangement of the tables. We have our favorite table, the staff and service is fabulous. I had the herb crusted Halibut – it was delicious and my husband enjoyed the slate fish. It was a memorable evening. We look forward to another visist very soon. As well, we have enjoyed the great patio – has to be one of Vancouver’s best.” OpenTable.com
“We have going to Vancouver for many years and most recently (if twenty years can be considered recently) staying exclusively at the wonderful Graville Island Hotel. Because we have an aversion to hotel restaurants, this is the first time we have had dinner there. It was one of the finest dinners we have in a city that is known for its fine restaurants. Outstanding in every way!” OpenTable.com
“We enjoyed the welcoming feel of the restaurant – appropriate lighting, comfortable seating – it is like a comfortable dining room. We will return again as the restaurant has once again met our expectations. The salmon was nicely prepared and the lamb was well presented and excellent on the tongue. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.” OpenTable.com