Big Upcoming Events For CinCin, Araxi, West and Blue Water Cafe

November 3, 2010 

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Veteran Top Table restaurant staff have been recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene...

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Check out all the details on CinCin’s Truffle Festival, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Blue Water Cafe executive chef Frank Pabst, Neil Henderson’s return to Whistler’s Araxi, the Chefs’ Table luncheon at West and the full calendar of holiday events at each Top Table restaurant (including Araxi’s annual involvement in Cornucopia) after the jump… Read more

West Restaurant Elevates David Gunawan To Executive Chef

September 14, 2010 

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West is located at 2881 Granville in Vancouver's South Granville neighbourhood | 604-738 -8938 | westrestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is pleased to announce the promotion of David Gunawan to the position of Executive Chef of West Restaurant.

“Since assuming the Chef de Cuisine role at West, David has worked tirelessly with his team and our suppliers to create new menus that reflect the very best of British Columbia,” Evrensel said. “That devotion to West’s core values of providing exemplary fine dining experiences has been reflected in the overwhelmingly positive response of our guests. This promotion is recognition of that response, which flows from David’s tremendous talent, his discipline, and his leadership skills.”

An emergent star in Vancouver’s culinary scene, the Singapore-raised Gunawan honed his skills in top restaurants in Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver. He joined West as Chef de Partie in 2007, and was promoted to Chef de Cuisine from Executive Sous Chef earlier this year. Read more

Top Table Staff Win Accolades As Major Anniversaries Near…

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Veteran Top Table restaurant staff have been recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene...

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Fresh on the heels of an unprecedented 17 awards garnered at the recent Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, Top Table team members will be recognized with two more accolades.

On September 27th, executive chef Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, and restaurant director Brian Hopkins of West, will be inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame. These awards signal those “who have demonstrated exceptional professionalism working in the restaurant industry by making their restaurant a special experience.”

The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame was founded six years ago by the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, and annually honours “the greats” of the province’s culinary community. Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group (and 2007 inductee) said, “This is a true distinction and a great honour for Frank and Brian, as well as being a real credit to the other team members in their respective restaurants.” Read more

Top Table Eateries Win Big At The Van Mag Restaurant Awards

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CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe take home awards at the 2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | We are pleased to share with you that Top Table restaurants were recognized an unprecedented 17 times at the 21st annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards held Tuesday, May 18th at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 19 judges acknowledged Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West, before a standing-room only audience of British Columbia’s leading restaurateurs, chefs and service professionals. Read more

Top Table’s New Awards, Spring Menus And Upcoming Events…

April 28, 2010 

Keep up with award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe at TopTable.ca

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver + Whistler, BC | Top Table restaurants were successful again this year at the annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Wine List Awards. Convened on Friday, April 23rd at a luncheon to kick off the final weekend of the 32nd festival, Blue Water Cafe and West won two of only three Platinum Awards, while CinCin won one of five Gold Awards, and Araxi, Silver.

The Wine List Awards draw upon restaurants from across British Columbia and Alberta, with judging criteria measuring each restaurant’s wine program philosophy and how successfully wine and food pairing goals match it. Further criteria include the quality of wine education for staff, an accessible and user-friendly list, and the provision of value at all price points.

We would also like to congratulate Owen Knowlton, wine director of West, who was nominated for Sommelier of the Year, a distinction awarded to Blue Water Cafe’s Andrea Vescovi in 2009 and Chris Van Nus in 2007.

Top Table’s wine libraries are also perennial recipients of the ‘Best of’ Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Read more

David Gunawan Promoted To Chef De Cuisine Position At West

April 19, 2010 

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West is located at 2881 Granville in Vancouver's South Granville neighbourhood | 604-738 -8938 | westrestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is pleased to announce the promotion of David Gunawan to Chef de Cuisine of West Restaurant.

“David is a tremendous talent who will provide a fresh focus for West’s kitchen,” said Evrensel. “His philosophy reflects the restaurant’s core values and our ongoing dedication towards providing exemplary fine dining experiences.”

A rising star in Vancouver’s culinary scene, David honed his skills in top restaurants throughout Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver.

Unusually for an aspiring chef, he first studied at Purdue University in Indiana where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Form soon followed function, when he graduated from two culinary schools: Kendall College in Chicago, and then Vancouver Community College. Read more

Dessert Guru Thierry Busset To Open Pâtisserie With Top Table

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Acclaimed CinCin chocolatier-pâtissier Thierry Busset to open atelier on Alberni St. in partnership with Top Table

News from Scout supporter Top Table

Vancouver, BC | Chocolatier-Pâtissier Thierry Busset is preparing to open his atelier in partnership with the Top Table Group later this year.

Under a bright awning that recalls the storefront pâtisseries of his native France–and simply reading thierry–the 220 square metre space will be dedicated to the creation of classic chocolates, pastries, cakes, and a variety of that Parisian icon: the macaron.

With the lease just signed and plans advancing rapidly for an Autumn 2010 opening, thierry will be located in Vancouver’s downtown core.

“The shop will realize a longtime dream of mine,” Busset says. “Everything will be made on the premises and we will work in the style of the atelier, with our work space open to the retail area.”

Marc Bricault, who has worked with Top Table on projects at CinCin and Araxi, and who designed the wine room at Blue Water Cafe, will be designing the space featuring clean, modern lines, and with both indoor and outdoor seating. Read more

Top Table Restaurants On The Most Romantic Night Of The Year

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Award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe are celebrating Earth Hour

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver + Whistler, BC | Like yours, our Olympic memories are rife with wonderful individual moments and the spirit that celebrated excellence at every turn. We enjoyed a great mix of our regulars and locals at each of our restaurants – Araxi in Whistler, and Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and West in Vancouver – along with many visitors, royals and celebrities of an extraordinary diversity. Read more

Top Table Restaurants Opening Doors And Corks To Medalists

February 5, 2010 

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Award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe to pop corks for Olympic medalists

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Winning an Olympic medal is no easy feat. The road is long, the sacrifices many, and the support structures that enable athletes to reach the podium are elaborate. But ask an Olympic athlete the key to their success, and the reply is almost always, “My family and friends.”

Araxi in Whistler, and Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and West in Vancouver, will salute winning athletes during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by helping them toast family and friends at the restaurants’ bars with a complimentary bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.

“We want to congratulate the bronze, silver and gold medalists from all countries, and give them the opportunity to toast those closest to them, that took them to the pinnacle of their sport,” said Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table. “Top Table is all about teamwork, and so are the endeavours of Olympic athletes – this is a simple way to show our appreciation.”

Medalists: Reserve in advance through Top Table’s restaurant directors, bring your medal, and the bubbles will begin to flow. Read more

Top Table Cookbook Collection From Vancouver’s Top Toques

December 1, 2009 

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Purchase signed copies of all three Top Table cookbooks (West, Araxi, Blue Water Cafe) this holiday season

News from Scout supporters West, Blue Water Cafe, and Araxi

From the good folks at Top Table comes word of a gift set – “an inscribed collection of the year’s top cookbooks” – just in time for the holidays. More after the leap… Read more

Araxi, West, CinCin, & Blue Water Café Ready For The Holidays

November 26, 2009 

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Lunch service, cookbooks, private functions, gift certificates, and more from the Top Table group of restaurants

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver, BC | Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West offer delicious holiday gifts and entertainment for staff, family and favoured clients. Full details on what the award-winning restaurants have planned for the holidays after the jump…
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MIchelin-Starred Richard Neat To Cook At Granville’s “West”

August 25, 2009 

Internationally renowned chef Richard Neat will be in the kitchen at West for one night only this Monday

Internationally renowned chef Richard Neat will be in the kitchen at West for one night only this Monday

News from Scout Supporter West Restaurant

A few seats remain for our forthcoming guest chef dinner with renowned UK Chef Richard Neat next Monday, August 31st. Richard, who mentored West’s own Warren Geraghty at London’s fabled Pied à Terre and at Restaurant Neat in Cannes and London, was honoured as the first British chef to win a Michelin star in France. Read more

West Restaurant

October 4, 2008 

DETAILS

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2881 Granville St. | Vancouver | MAP
Voice: 604 738 8938
Web: westrestaurant.com
Email: info@westrestaurant.com

Gallery

EntranceRestaurant interiorLounge + Baroriginal cocktail: pietian of Dungeness crab and couscous with smoked tomato gazpachosquab and lobster with kabocha squash and rosemary beignetsnoisettes of veal sweetbreads with mushroom duxellesablefish in curry butter with sunchoke purée and roasted pearl onionshalibut and chanterelles with watercress sauce and lasagna of Dungeness crabgalantine of quail, foie gras and jasmine-poached raisinsrrine of duck, David Wood goat cheese and pink lady apples with pickled celeriacsherry-poached pears with pear and raisin compote and maple-roasted walnutsfresh raspberries with lemon tuiles, cream cheese ice cream and nobo fruit tea syrupsaffron-spiced pumpkin panna cotta with ginger cake and orange saffron syrup

Hours

Restaurant: Nightly from 5:30 – 11:00pm
Bar: Nightly from 5:30 – midnight
Lunch: Daily from 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekend Brunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Our Team

Quang Dang, Executive Chef
Rhonda Viani, Pastry Chef
Owen Knowlton, Wine Director & Restaurant Director
Brian Hopkins, Restaurant Manager
David Wolowidnyk, Bar Manager

About West Restaurant

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True to our Region True to the Seasons

Recognized as the “jewel in Vancouver’s culinary crown,” West’s outstanding contemporary regional cuisine and seamless service has garnered much critical acclaim, including four consecutive wins as Restaurant of the Year by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and a prestigious four star rating by Mobil Travel Guide.

Pristine local ingredients are sourced to deliver superbly conceived dishes offering modern interpretations of classics. Exuding energy and action, the kitchen offers two ‘chef’s tables’ that render an up–close culinary theatre experience.

The elegant dining room is highlighted by a magnificent, temperature-controlled wall of wine housing West’s extensive wine collection, an ever-evolving list of acclaimed Old World producers, rare finds and exciting New World vintners. At the gleaming cherrywood bar, martinis and cocktails are composed of fresh herbs, juices and creative infusions.

West is located in Vancouver’s chic South Granville neighborhood (just five minutes from the downtown core).

Accolades

Wine List Award, Gold
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013

Best of the City “Gold for Best West Coast Cuisine”
Westender Reader’s Choice Award, 2013

Silver – Executive Chef Quang Dang
Gold Medal Plates 2012

World’s Most Imaginative Bartender, David Wolowidnyk
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, Morocco, 2012

Wine List Award, Platinum (Best Overall)
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, 2012

‘Best of’ Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2012

Top 50 Restaurants in Canada
Vacay.ca 2012

Best Upscale Restaurant, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2011

Sommelier of the Year, Owen Knowlton
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, 2011

Four Star Award
Mobil Travel Guide, 2011

Four Diamond Award
AAA / CAA, 2011

Best Service, Gold
Restaurant of the Year, Bronze
Best Last Course, Bronze
Best Regional, Honourable Mention
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2010

Best West Coast
WHERE Magazine ‘To Dine’ Awards, 2009

Ranked No. 1 in BC for Food & Service ?Vancouver
Zagat Survey, 2009

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