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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Reservations: 604-673-7000 | Email: email@example.com
Web: www.hawksworthrestaurant.com | Twitter | Facebook
Parking: Street parking and nearby commercial parking lots, valet service nightly.
110 seats | 30 seat Bar & Lounge | 40 seat Pearl Room | 40 seat Art Room.
(The York Room on the 1st floor can accommodate 60 for dinner and 110 for a standing reception).
Dinner 5:00pm – late, 7 Days a week
Late night bar menu available until midnight
Lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm, Monday to Friday
Lunch is served on weekdays only
Breakfast 6:30am – 10:30am, Monday to Friday
Breakfast 7:00am – 10:00am Saturday & Sunday
Brunch 10:30am – 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday
The Restaurant Team
Executive Chef/Owner: David Hawksworth
Chef de Cuisine: Kristian Eligh
Pastry Chef: Wayne Kozinko
General Manager: Chad Clark
About Hawksworth Restaurant
The personal dream of one of Canada’s foremost masters of cuisine, Hawksworth Restaurant, located at the legendary Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in the heart of downtown Vancouver fuses together a illustrious past with a radiant future. Embracing contemporary Canadian cuisine, the goal is to set forth a culinary legacy rooted in regional produce while celebrating the cultural diversity of Vancouver
Approachable menus reflect seasonality and spontaneity while demonstrating the highly skilled technique and relentless drive for perfection that has become Hawksworth’s trademark. Four distinctive dining rooms include an intimate bar area and an elegant private room, all designed to reflect the vibrancy and quality of the cuisine. Grown up and glamorous, yet relaxed and welcoming, Hawksworth Restaurant is poised to deliver an array of memorable dining experiences.
The York Room, Hawksworth Restaurant’s private dining room overlooking the Vancouver Art Gallery’s fountains, is one the city’s most historic and exceptional private dining and event environments. Taking its design inspiration from the 1920’s, the dramatic chandeliers and ornate heritage features create an elegant private dining room- perfect for intimate gatherings or the important executive dinner, lunch or breakfast meeting. The York Room can accommodate a booking capacity of 60 for a seated dinner, and 110 for a standing reception.
Behind the bar, our passionate bartenders shake and stir expertly crafted classic cocktails that honour the mastery of pre-prohibition tipples. Made with fresh juices and herbs, house-made bitters and aromatic sprays, some are barrel-aged and designed with food friendly flavours in mind. Our rotation of carefully sourced wines and interesting craft beers, offer an array of accents to accompany the bar dining menu in a lively and laid back setting.
Art & Design
Created by Alessandro Munge, from the multi award winning Canadian interior design firm Munge & Leung, Hawksworth’s four distinct dining rooms include the leather-paneled Bar & Lounge, clubby and intimate; the glamorous Pearl Room, elegant and iridescent with pearl banquettes and a magnificent chandelier; the compelling and vibrant Art Room featuring a custom installation by internationally acclaimed local artist Rodney Graham, and the first floor York Room inspired by its 1920’s heritage where original features meet modern technology and huge arc windows overlook the Vancouver Art Gallery. This veritable chameleon of a restaurant delivers a range dining experiences suited to a variety of moods or occasions.
“Each design element, in addition to being functional, adds beauty, depth and appeals the senses, we really want people to experience the space on more then just a visual level, to appreciate its touch and feel and to really connect with it” – Alessndro Munge