After thousands of votes, the poll determining Scout reader picks for Vancouver’s best new restaurants of the year closed with the stroke of midnight. It turns out that your determinations weren’t all that far off from my own, which were laid out in my WE column last week.
There were 31 candidates that we considered worthy of your votes. We’ve cropped the results to show the Top 10 and the number of votes they received… Read more
The Goods from Commune Cafe
Vancouver, BC | Commune Cafe is now expanding its offering with a new list of dinner features that are available daily after 5 pm. The new dinner menu keeps things casual, homey and affordable, with starters like roast winter pumpkin soup ($6) house-cured gravlax ($8) and a warm chicken waldorf salad ($8); and mains like braised beef cheeks with mashed potatoes, winter vegetables and red wine jus ($15); seared salmon with smoked bacon and garden pea risotto ($14); and confit pork belly with braised cabbage, roast potatoes and apple sauce ($13). Commune Cafe’s motto is “those who eat together, stay together” and the new dinner menu also includes a selection of sharable plates like a daily cheese & butcher board ($12),spinach dip ($7) and Sangak flatbread with bacon and caramelized onion ($10). Learn more about the cafe after the leap. Read more
We have invited Nook restaurant on Robson to join our Goods section. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of local and independent goodness. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. If you think yours would be a good fit for Scout, we want to know.
Job posting from Scout supporter Uva Wine Bar
Vancouver, BC | We are looking for a vibrant, charismatic personality to lead our small and intimate lounge. A solid knowledge of classic cocktails and a passion for mixology are required. The successful candidate will be experienced in managing staff, inventory procedures, costing and adhering to budgets. All interested parties are invited email their CVs in confidence to edward [at] uvawinebar [dot ca]. Learn more about Uva after the jump… Read more
Job Posting from Scout supporter L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | L’Abattoir is seeking a motivated Chef de Partie/Line Cook. The successful candidate will be a self motivated, driven individual who committed to ongoing learning and personal growth as a cook. Minimum 2 years experience is required for this position. Please apply in confidence to info [at] labattoir [dot ca]. Details about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
News from Scout supporter Wild Rice
Vancouver, BC | One ancient Chinese axiom states that if a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing at least twice. Consider New Year’s for instance. There’s the ‘mainstream’ New Year’s Eve held on December 31st – a rather sedate affair by Chinese standards (elegant champagne, a few little noisemakers, steamers and silly hats). Since the idea of celebrating New Year is essentially a good one, why not do it again? This time hold a party that lasts 15 days and includes parades, dragon and lion dances, tons of noisy firecrackers and food, lots and lots of special food. Now, that’s a celebration worthy of welcoming a new year.
Hippety hoppety into the Chinese Year of the Rabbit (4709 if you’re counting) with a special prix fixe menu at Wild Rice. Proprietor Andrew Wong and Executive Chef Todd Bright have created a four-course dinner for the auspicious price of $38.88 (numeral three meaning ‘ever-growing’ and numeral eight meaning ‘good luck’) which will be available from February 2 to 13, 2011. Don’t worry, as much as many people enjoy the taste of rabbit, you won’t find Thumper on this menu. Instead, Wild Rice will donate 10 percent of the menu’s proceeds to support the Rabbit Rescue Shelter. Read more
News from Scout supporter L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Diners looking to satiate themselves in gourmet style this New Year’s Eve need not look further than Gastown’s hottest new restaurant, L’Abattoir. Chef Lee Cooper and his team will be ringing in 2011 with a five-course menu priced at $75 per person, while Shaun Layton and wine aficionado Jake Skakun will be pouring custom cocktails and boutique wines throughout the evening. Whether guests are looking for an elegant evening of food, friends and great music, or some pre-party sustenance that will keep them dancing late into the night, L’Abattoir will certainly satisfy. Full menu and details below. Read more
News from Scout supporter Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC | Whether you are ready to recharge with a delicious lunch after a morning of Christmas shopping, or celebrate with a glam New Year’s Eve dinner to usher 2011 in style, embrace the seasonal spirit at Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria this December. Details on UVA’s holidays lunches and Cibo’s New Years Eve dinner after the jump… Read more
Job Posting from Scout supporter L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s L’Abattoir restaurant is seeking a part-time host/hostess for 1-3 shifts a week, daytime and evenings. Experience required. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand deliver Tues-Saturday between 4pm and 5pm. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump…(THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED) Read more
News from Scout supporter YEW restaurant + bar
Vancouver, BC | Diners in British Columbia are blessed with an impressive variety of fresh local produce grown and raised across the Province throughout the year. Feel good about enjoying sustainably sourced seafood and flavourful meats, fish and poultry that are thoughtfully raised and prepared.
It is with this ultra-fresh, local and seasonal mentality are offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu focusing on in-season ingredients sourced close to home. Each month the menu will feature a starring ingredient with supporting roles played by complementary in-season produce.
This month Chef Grant Macdonald has selected Sidney Island Venison and a variety of seasonal apples. Take a look at the menu the New Years Eve Menu after the jump… Read more
Iconic downtown seafood and chop house Joe Fortes is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended restaurants to check out. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page here… Read more
News from Scout supporter L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Gastown hotspot L’Abattoir will begin taking dinner reservations just in time for the busy holiday season. Fans of Chef Lee Cooper’s innovative West Coast fare will now be able to secure tables via labattoir.ca, or by phoning the restaurant directly at (604) 568-1701.
“We strive to offer our guests an exceptional experience every time they dine with us,” says owner Paul Grunberg. “By implementing a reservations system just in time for one of the busiest calendar months of the year, we’ll be able to ensure guests are afforded every opportunity and convenience to join us, both over the holidays and in the months to come.” Read more
News from Scout supper Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Vancouver, BC | Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Yaletown’s very own Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant, re-opens its doors for lunch for a limited time on Tuesday, November 22, 2010 until Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily – offering business patrons, food lovers and holiday shoppers a fine dining destination away from the hustle and bustle of the festive season.
The varied menu was hand-selected by Goldfish’s chef duo team of Ryan Mah, Chef de Cuisine, and Curtis Webb, Executive Chef. Items include the ever popular Snake River Farms Kurobuta Pork Buns, Green Papaya Beef Salad, Ling Cod Bento, and Lamb Curry. Unique dishes for lunch are featured as “Gold Plates,” such as the Korean Style Fish and Prawn Taco, Tuna Poke Salad and Spicy Tofu Bowl. Read more