by Andrew Morrison | I made mention of The Union in an “opening soon” piece for the paper many, many months ago (285 days ago to be exact), but work on it was delayed due to the typical snafus associated with brand new buildings. The restaurant, due this December (fingers crossed), is located at 219 Union St. at the foot of the new V6A building where Strathcona connects with Main St. on Union St. at the southern reach of Chinatown (next to the Jimi Hendrix shrine). The crew behind it are the same folks that brought us Habit Lounge and The Cascade further up Main, namely Nick Devine, Wendy Nicolay, Nigel Pike, David Nicolay and Rob Edmonds. Read more
We broke the news a couple of weeks ago that Latitude was merging with The Cascade Room and Habit Lounge (it’s a family affair) and would shut down for some slight design tweaks by the room’s original aesthetes and an expansion of chef Lisa Henderson’s Pan-American menu. We’ve been told that both are coming along nicely. It seems as if the bar program is now getting the most attention. Nick Devine – who created the cocktail lists at both Habit and Cascade – has created a new cocktail list and will be behind the bar when the refreshed Latitude re-opens, serving all the classic Latin cocktails (think Margaritas, Caipirinhas, Mojitos, Batidas, Pisco Sours, Daiquiris, etc), and to complement them, Henderson is plating a selection of “bar forward” arepas dishes.
Re-opening day is scheduled for this upcoming Thursday, March 3rd.
We are happy to announce that both Habit Lounge and The Cascade Room are now a proud member supporters of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting two pages for them in our list of recommended restaurants. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page here and here. Read more
The folks behind the local design firm Evoke ID have started a website called Sidney 7:40, which allows Canadians to share where they were when Sidney Crosby scored the overtime winner in the gold medal men’s hockey game. They’ve also designed a simple t-shirt (logo above) that I want more than breakfast. Check it out. For my part, I was in West Van on Sentinel Hill with my family, eating nachos and drinking beer. We yelled so hard that we nearly broke the windows. And you? Spill it here.
Way back on December 7th (as FDR noted, a day that would most certainly live in infamy), good ‘ol Habit Lounge on Main Street rather suddently burst into flames. We broke the sad news: “No one was hurt, thank goodness. According to the fire department, the fire started in a kitchen garbage can in the wee hours. Co-owner Nigel Pike got a call at 6:30am and found the place filled with black smoke. All that lovely orange covered in black soot!”
We are now happy to report that – nine months later – they’ve finally opened and it’s dead sexy, with shades of your grandpa’s basement circa 1976 (if your grandpa was Hugh Hefner without the creepy). Read more
Lisa Henderson and Larry Nicolay, former owners of Tofino’s superb Raincoast Café, are opening a new restaurant at 3250 Main St. called Latitude. Located in the old Budapest Restaurant spot, the totally redone room will see 46 seats with a 6 seat marble bar and a small patio out front. The design is coming courtesy of Evoke ID, the design firm responsible for such Vancouver rooms as Glowbal, Sanafir, The Cascade Room, and the new Irish Heather (Evoke principal David Nicolay is Larry’s younger brother). I’ve been told that we can expect plenty of walnut, concrete, and marble in a modern space. The concept is wine-forward, with 15 whites and reds by the glass picked from the Americas (from BC all the way down to Chile and Argentina), and affordable food reflecting the same journey. Such a broad theme which will afford them quite a lot of…ahem…latitude. Read more
I’ve spent most of this early evening doing something I haven’t done in weeks, which is read what my colleagues in the local food media have been writing. It feels nice at long last to be have a few moments to skim lines that aren’t in CSS code, and better still to be able to start nailing down an actual editorial schedule (I love how launching in beta affords you the chance to mess around like that).
By request, we bring you the Food Media Omnibus, a weekly collection of the local food media stories that have made it onto the internets. Feast up, my lovelies, and don’t forget to tip your server…
“Jean-Georges readies to rumble with Boulud”
This week in the Globe and Mail, serial sensationalist Fiona Morrow tries to start a flame war between Jean Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. Giggle. What else can you do with neither restaurant open?
“This meaty baby was a long time coming”
Food writer Alexandra Gill falls for Davie’s simple and Euro-themed La Brasserie (couldn’t agree with her more). Their suckling pig is straight up awesome.
“Nuts About Sea Urchin”
The National Post’s Brian Hutchinson profiles two delicious Vancouver gems, sea urchin (uni) and the Blue Water Cafe’s executive chef Frank Pabst. Pabst, you’ll recall, won the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates competition last week plating urchin (the same dish photographed for the story). Very odd that his victory wasn’t even mentioned (Scout video here).
“Hawaiian Cuisine In Vancouver? Scarce But It’s Here”
In the Vancouver Sun, Mia Stainsby continues to seek out story threads better than anyone working the food beat. Hawaiian in Vancouver? Who’d have thunk it. Wait, that’s Burnaby and Maple Ridge! Sneaky Mia. She doubles down with another story on Hawaiian food here.
“Shaken, Not Stirred – A New Twist On A Bond Favourite”
No byline on this Vancouver Sun piece that details how Nu Restaurant makes their “Vesper” martini. Very handsome picture of Chad fingering the drink, though there’s no excuse for his bow tie (c’mon Chad – did Harry put you up to that?).
“I Went For The Food, But Found Whistler Instead”
Ever since she flew to New York to blog for the Vancouver Sun about Daniel Boulud and the coming of the new Lumiere, Shelley Fralic has been salivating so hard that I’m beginning to think an intervention of some kind might be in order. I’ve never tasted Boulud’s food, so I’m assuming she’s on to something rather just on something. Anyway, she’s back at it again, this time describing a Boulud meal while in Whistler during Cornucopia last weekend. I admit it sounded freakin’ awesome (everyone I spoke to were pleased), but the screen shot above of her blog’s “tag cloud” tonight suggests she may be in need of a restraining order…
“Poster Boy Documents Decade Of Getting Plastered”
In the Courier we discover that Rob Edmonds, kick-ass Aussie-born graphic designer and partner with David Nicolay in the award-winning interior design firm Evoke (think The Cascade Room, Habit, Glowbal, Sanafir, FigMint, and several other local restaurants), has published a book of his concert posters called “Plastered on the Street”.
“Family that wines together shines together”
Tim Pawsey introduces us to Stefanie and Bernd Schales of Summerlands’ 8th Generation Winery.
“Five Great Places For Malaysian Food”
I had no idea that there were that many, did you? The one and only Bag Head, Mr. Mark Laba, lists off Tamarind Hill, Orchid Delight, Jonker Street, Seri Malaysia Restaurant, and Banana Leaf in The Province.
“A Tasty Tale Of Two Dinners”
Deana Lancaster of the North Shore News details dinner at Araxi and The Bearfoot Bistro during Whistler’s Cornucopia. She was one of my dining companions at both dinners, so it’s nice to see we’re totally on the same page. Chefs Walt and Craig certainly outdid themselves, and the wines…egads…just amazing (Scout video here).
“Restaurateurs Bracing For Leaner Times”
Ontario’s Business Edge gets down to the brass tacks of how restaurateurs will have to adapt in order to survive the coming tough economic times. Shorter version: more comfort food.
“Vancouver Tofu Makers Give Soy A Fresh New Appeal”
Tara Lee (yay Tara Lee!) investigates the local tofu shops in The Georgia Straight, making mention of who supplies whom with the little white gelatinous blobs that I’ve never really been able to tolerate.
“Elixir As Sweet As Ever”
And last for the omnibus this week is my review of Elixir in The Westender. Loved it.
2616 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E6
Telephone: 604.709.8650 | Email: email@example.com
Hours: Mon to Thurs 5pm to 1am | Fri & Sat 5pm to 2am | Sun 5pm to Midnight
Website: www.thecascade.ca | Blog: www.thecascaderoom.blogspot.com
Managers: Nigel Pike, Wendy Nicolay, Nick Devine
Designers: Evoke International Design – www.evoke.ca
About The Cascade Room
The Cascade Room was created as a simple nod to the British Pub. Chef Travis Williams offers a menu with straightforward and honest food at good value.
Wholesome, quality ingredients are featured: from wild seafood products that follow the Ocean Wise mandate, to “in house” pizza doughs and al dente pasta, we strive to purchase our products from BC based suppliers, in particular from the Mount Pleasant area, continuing our commitment to the neighbourhood. The incredibly popular daily “meat and potato” specials sell out fast, so come early!
The Cascade Room features an aggressive cocktail program by Nick Devine, steeped in tradition rather than trend. Having worked in Vancouver, San Francisco and London (including a stint in Oxford with Cascade co-owner Nigel Pike), Nick’s philosophy can be summed up as follows: “Whatever you desire, whether it’s a rickey, a daisy, a julep, a sling, a sour, a flip, a toddy or a nog…we’ll endeavour to make it”. Additionally, there are several options on tap, including pub-standard Guinness and our own Cascade Lager. The wine list is varied and affordable, serving a fine complement to Chef Williams’ offerings.
Local design and branding firm Evoke International created an ambience reminiscent of the British Pub, but with a modern twist.