The good folks at the brand new Hawksworth in the Hotel Georgia have produced a slick restaurant porn promo video (in HD, natch) that makes me wish for mobility (if I hadn’t broken my leg I’d have had dinner there last night). I’ve been hearing nothing but outstanding things in texts and emails from friends and colleagues, many of whom have gone so far as to state flat out that Hawksworth is the best restaurant in Vancouver, right out of the gate. It’s not hard imagining that anything less would prove a bitter disappointment for the people behind it. Can’t wait to go and wishing they delivered…
NB. If you have a thing against repetitive, synthetic music scores that make you want to punch things, press mute.
by Andrew Morrison | So I was given a tour of the most highly anticipated restaurant in recent memory the other day. Yup, the three year wait for the return of David Hawksworth’s food is finally coming to an end. The place was buzzing with saws, banging with hammers and generally giving the clear impression of its happy imminence. Hawksworth in the as yet unfinished restoration of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia should open shortly. It’s a week out at the earliest. Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is delighted to confirm the appointment of Chad Clark as General Manager, effective immediately. Similarly to both Chef David Hawksworth and Wine Director Terry Threlfall, Clark’s professional resume also includes time spent in London, UK. Clark, who was part of the integral opening team of the widely acclaimed Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea, cites his time spent working with two star Michelin Chef Tom Aikens, as one of his most inspiring tenures to date. Read more
News from Scout supporter Hawksworth:
Vancouver, BC | In honour of its vibrant history deeply intertwined with that of Vancouver itself, Rosewood Hotel Georgia will officially open its doors on Saturday May 7th 2011, exactly 84 years to the day that the hotel first opened its doors in 1927. Read more
Job posting from Scout supporter Hawksworth:
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth restaurant, opening in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia early in 2011, has issued an open call for first hires in the front and back of house. All interested parties with a minimum of 3 years experience should submit their CVs to Chad Clark at email@example.com. More information on the restaurant after the leap… Read more
There hasn’t been much in the way of news floating about on the highly anticipated “Hawksworth” restaurant front for a few months now so I thought it might be time for an update. Let me bring you up to speed…
David Hawksworth is one of Canada’s top chefs. If you’re one of our non-food fanatic readers and have never heard the name before, don’t fret. He may have twice upon at time cooked at the James Beard Foundation in New York and been named “Chef of the Year” (2005), but he’s been off the radar for about three years now, ever since he left his long-time position as the executive chef at the superlative West.
That South Granville spot blossomed during David’s seven year tenure in the kitchen, becoming known as one of the finest restaurants in the country. Speaking personally, he has prepared some of the most amazing meals of my life (including one of my stag suppers 9 years ago). It was an honour to be on stage with him when he became the youngest chef ever to be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame (see video below). Read more
We’re big fans of executive chef David Wong (Bocuse D’Or Canadian competitor) and manager Chad Clark (ex-Feenie’s), so while we’ve been hotly anticipating the arrival of small independents like Bao Bei and Corner Suite, we’ve also been quietly stoked for the coming of Oru in the new Fairmont Pacific Rim downtown. The hotel has just opened – running on 30+% occupancy until Thursday, when they hit 100%. Thursday is D-Day for Oru as well. I’ve just been given the grand tour, checking out the already opened Giovane cafe and the lobby bar (and raw bar), as well as the restaurant itself, currently a hive of fevered activity. Though it might look like Oru is long from finished, the kitchen is seasoned and fired up, the menus have been tested and priced (viewable on Chefs Table Talk), and the front of house construction appears to be down to clean up and final fixture installation.
The following video includes an interview with the chef (at the end) on the restaurant’s authentic Pan-Asian menu…
It’s a big, voluminous space (8,000 sq feet altogether) that includes 2 chefs tables of 6 in front of the kitchen pass, a really cool cut-out, low-slung 12 seat communal table topped with grey marble (the place is weighed down with marble), a private room for 14, two patios (the lower floor outdoor space holds 50-75), and a flood of natural light enhancing the near-waterfront view. The dining room and adjacent Sky Bar lounge area seat 140. Upstairs, there are 3 banquet rooms (300, 200, and 150) and an open reception area with a capacity for 400+. The kitchen(s) are massive and pristine, including a tandoori oven, pizza oven, the biggest garde manger station I’ve ever seen, and every bit of kitchen equipment you’d expect in a top shelf operation. All told, chef David Wong oversees a 38 person crew. Phew. As he says in the interview above, 4 hours sleep is plenty.
Here’s what we wrote about the place when we first broke the news of it back in March of 2009.
The upcoming Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel will soon announce its plans for a restaurant. The not-yet-finished hotel has saddled up with the local design and architecture firm MGB, and together they are building a new, upscale, street-level swank expression of hyper modern BC. It’s the full-on fantasy model of clean lines and ocean zephyrs, a gambit for local favour and tourist hearts and minds.
Oru, as it’s called (from the Japanese: “To Fold”), will see plenty of Asian influence, a hodge podge of inspirations that tour the Ring of Fire. It will capitalise “on Vancouver’s multicultural vibe, with a focus on traditional dishes from Pacific Rim Countries authentically prepared utilizing locally sourced and responsibly harvested ingredients.” Not unlike “C” Restaurant, I suppose, only without Quang Dang or Robert Clark (no chef reveal yet), or indeed the affections of most concierges in town (it’s a hotel, after all). I really hope it’s good, as we run a deficit of first rate quasi-waterfront restaurants in this here waterfront town.
The designers have the run of the concept, from brand and chairs to art installations and schematics. A 180ft long and 5ft wide light sculpture by local origamist, Joseph Wu, will dominate the dining room. An 8 inch thick wooden wall of reclaimed lumber will hide a wine tasting room and a private room.
They will open “in advance” of the Olympics, which likely means in the weeks just prior.
Once again, should you want to browse through Oru’s menus, you can at in the Chefs Table Talk forum.
Break a leg.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia on the corner of Georgia and Howe Street
801 West Georgia St. | Vancouver BC | V6C 1P7
Tlephone 604-673-7000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.hawksworthrestaurant.com | Twitter | Facebook
Parking: Valet, Commerical Parking Lot, Street Parking
Pearl Room: 40 | Art Room: 40 | Cocktail Bar: 30 | Two Private Dining Rooms.
Breakfast – 6:30am – 10:30am Monday to Friday
Breakfast – 7:00am – 10:30am Saturday & Sunday
Lunch – 11:30am – 2:00pm Monday to Friday
Brunch – 10:30am – 2:00pm Saturday & Sunday
Dinner – 5:00pm – late, 7 nights a week
Cocktail Bar – 11:30am – late, 7 days a week
The Restaurant Team
Executive Chef/Owner: David Hawksworth
Chef de Cuisine: Kristian Eligh
Pastry Chef: Wayne Kozinko
General Manager: Chad Clark
Wine Director: Bryant Mao
Head Bartender: Cooper Tardivel
About Hawksworth Restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver Hawksworth Restaurant embraces contemporary Canadian cuisine with a goal of setting forth a culinary legacy rooted in regional produce that celebrates the cultural diversity of Vancouver.
Three-time winner of Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award’s Best Upscale Restaurant, Hawksworth Restaurant is grown up and glamorous, yet relaxed and welcoming, ready to deliver an array of memorable dining experiences. Approachable menus reflect seasonality and spontaneity, whilst demonstrating the highly skilled technique and relentless drive for perfection that has become Hawksworth’s trademark.
Hawksworth Cocktail Bar
Our thoughtful bar program reflects the personality of our bar team: nostalgic, modern and a little bit cheeky. Our passionate bartenders shake and stir expertly crafted cocktails that run the gamut from the pre-Prohibition era to modern day. Honouring the integrity of every cocktail through technique and execution is paramount to the foundation of both the team and the program. We use the finest, freshest ingredients to craft seasonal beverages that are beautifully complemented by our ever-evolving craft beer menu, extensive spirits portfolio and carefully-sourced, award-winning wine program. The elegant room features the distinct and eye-catching “Big Love Diamond Dust” by British artist Damien Hirst, alongside a striking handcrafted ceiling, paired with vintage leather banquettes and a Spanish granite bar. Each member of the Hawksworth Cocktail Bar team has an ardent and meticulous passion for cocktail craft and is dedicated to providing a warm welcome in a lively and laid-back setting.
THE YORK ROOM | Overlooking the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, the York Room is one the city’s most historic and exceptional event spaces. Taking its design inspiration from the 1920s, the dramatic chandeliers and ornate heritage features create an elegant private dining room perfect for intimate gatherings or an important executive dinner, lunch or breakfast meeting. The York Room can accommodate a booking capacity of 63 for a seated dinner, or 110 for a standing reception.
BEL PRIVATE DINING | David Hawksworth’s Bel Café, adjacent to Hawksworth Restaurant, offers an intimate and relaxed private dining space as an alternative to the historic York Room. Bel Private Dining can accommodate an intimate sit-down dinner for up to 20 guests or a stand-up reception for 40. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for a stunning view of the Vancouver Art Gallery and rich dark wood paneling offers luxurious surroundings, complemented by custom designed wallpaper in a palette of soft colours that create a chic European feel.
Alongside the unique dining rooms and internationally-acclaimed Cocktail Bar, Hawksworth Restaurant also provides an outstanding off-site catering service. Having worked with a number of high profile-luxury, lifestyle and philanthropic clients, such as Dîner en Blanc, Chanel, Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver and singer songwriter Sarah Mclachlan, Chef David Hawksworth is proud to offer the expertise of his kitchen brigade at a choice of locations.
From Vancouver’s most esteemed private and commercial events, to intimate dinners and glamorous galas, Hawksworth Restaurant’s professional catering team delivers a distinguished, stylish and memorable experience for all guests.
The creative Hawksworth culinary team will craft a personalized and unique menu for the occasion upon request. Whether it is an elegant and intimate dinner or a cocktail reception of any size, David Hawksworth’s highly skilled chef team is on-site to prepare dishes, while service staff and managers ensure a seamless guests experience.