GOODS: South Granville’s “West” Set To Welcome Chuck Hughes For Special Event

West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | In collaboration with Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, we are pleased to announce an exciting reception with special guest Chuck Hughes – renowned Canadian Chef, television personality and restaurateur. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Chuck and will receive a signed copy of his latest cookbook, “Chuck’s Day Off”. Executive Chef Quang Dang will create canapés inspired from Chuck’s cookbook, complemented by summer cocktails from Bar Manager David Wolowidnyk and wine selections from Wine Director Owen Knowlton. Details after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #874: Guest Chef Dinner With Atelier’s Marc Lepine At “West”

October 12, 2012 

by Andrew Morrison | A shockingly good dinner went down the other night at South Granville’s celebrated West Restaurant. This year’s Canadian Culinary Champion, Marc Lepine of Ottawa’s Atelier, was behind the line collaborating on courses with West chef Quang Dang. It’s hard to say which of their many dishes was the best of the lot (I was pretty partial to the slow-cooked pork belly with the ’09 Whitehaven “Greg” Series Pinot Noir), but the entirety was one of the best meals I’ve had so far this year, right up there with The Pointe at the Wick, Sonora Island Resort, and Chez Panisse. From start to finish, everything about it was seamless.

I had the good fortune to be on hand in Kelowna for the Culinary Championships this past February and was floored by what I saw and tasted from Lepine. The competition threw low food costs, harsh time constraints, mystery wines and a black box full of “who knows?” ingredients at the mild-mannered chef, yet he excelled. I mean this with no disrespect to his fellow competitors, but he quietly and confidently made short work of them. It was a freakish thing to behold, and it was not something that I or any of the other judges expected, especially with chefs like Rob Feenie and JeanPhillipe St-Denis in the mix. I’ve yet to eat at Atelier, but wow do I ever mean to!

Equally impressive on the evening, of course, was Dang and the whole operation at West. These days, most of the new restaurants that I test drive for work are decidedly more casual affairs, so it was a cozy thing indeed to see the orchestration of fine dining up close again. I couldn’t possibly do it every day, but from time to time it’s nice to be deliciously reminded of what the high end is all about. Take a look below…

Marc Lepine and Quang DangBeet amuseFull houseThis was, IIRC, a spherical amuse that popped vichyssoise in the mouthLineCounting first platesMenuWestThiessen Farm Quail with heirloom tom tart, banyuls gelGreat pairings all night long from Owen KnowltonQuang platingTerrace Pine Mushrooms with 63C poached hens egg, pickled pine nuts, brown butter hollandaiseExpeditingSlow poached Sockeye with Dungeness crab and corn pudding, charred orion tarragon vinaigretteMarc LepineMarinated Vancouver Island Sea Urchin with razor clams, black sesame, yuzu dashi geleeMarc Lepine and Quang DangSlow cooked Sakura pork belly with Vietnamese herbs, puffed rice noodles, and aromatic brothQuang DangTruffle and carrot-glazed elk striploin with truffle pancakes, carrots in textures, and natural jusPity we had to miss the dessert course of Coronation Grape Poached Pears by pastry chef Rhonda Viani (we were on the clock)



Andrew Morrison lives and works in Vancouver as editor-in-chief of Scout, food columnist at the Westender, and National Referee & Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships. He also contributes regularly to a wide range of publications, radio programs, and television shows on local food, culture and travel; collects inexpensive things; and enjoys rare birds, skateboards, cocktails, shoes, good pastas, many songs, and the smell of camp fires.

GOODS: South Granville’s “West” Plating Traditional Thanksgiving Suppers (Oct. 5-8)

September 28, 2012 

West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Quang Dang has crafted an exclusive Thanksgiving Tasting Menu, where traditional holiday flavours meet his contemporary-style cuisine. With suggested pairings carefully selected by Wine Director Owen Knowlton, it will truly be a celebration to remember. Reserve a table between October 5th and 8th and take a look at the menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS: South Granville’s “West” Presents A Series Of Guest Chef Suppers This Fall

West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Quang Dang is proud to present a Guest Chef Series at West this autumn, with an exciting round up of chefs who represent the next generation of culinary achievement across North America. “We’re tremendously excited to welcome these three outstanding chefs to West,” Dang said, “they are truly some of the finest talents on the continent.”

Beginning on August 28th, Chef Dang welcomes Chef Jeremy Charles from St-John’s, Newfoundland. Chef Charles is the incredible talent behind widely acclaimed Raymonds restaurant, recently named best new restaurant for 2012 by EnRoute magazine. Chef Dang and Chef Charles will present a unique “East meets West” menu, featuring favourite ingredients from the two coasts. Wines will be carefully paired with each dish, in partnership with some of Canada’s top wineries, including Tantalus, Laughing Stock and Pilliteri Estates.

On October 2nd, renowned Chef Marc Lepine will join Chef Dang at West for a collaborative seven-course dinner – whereby each chef will challenge the other to create alternate courses based on specific criteria and ingredients. Chef Lepine was named Canadian Culinary Champion in February 2012, and took home the winning title at the Gold Metal Plates in 2011 – while his Ottawa restaurant Atelier has consistently been recognized as one of the best in Canada.

Finally, on Sunday November 11th, Chef Dang welcomes special guest Mourad Lalouh, Executive Chef at Michelin-starred Aziza in San Francisco, to celebrate the launch of his new book ‘Mourad is Moroccan’. The seven-course menu will be inspired by recipes from the book, as prepared by Chef Dang and Chef Lalouh. Presented in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, the menu will be paired with original cocktails by West’s very own David Wolowydnik, the reigning ‘World’s Most Imaginative Bartender’… Read more

GOODS: Top Table Rooms Win Accolades At The 23rd Annual Van Mag Restaurant Awards

April 24, 2012 


Every one of Top Table's restaurants were recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene this year

The GOODS from CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | If cherry blossoms herald spring across the province, in British Columbia’s culinary industry, the change of seasons is marked by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Now in their 23rd year, and unique in Canada, the awards were convened on a fitting spring day – Monday, April 23rd – at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 18 judges acknowledged industry excellence as Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, West and Thierry were honoured before an audience of leading restaurateurs, chefs, and service professionals. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: South Granville’s “West” Announces Series Of Upcoming Wine & Cocktail Dinners

January 12, 2012 

West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | The West Restaurant team is delighted to announce a series of upcoming wine and cocktail dinners. In conjunction with the launch of Executive Chef Quang Dang’s new single component, à la carte and tasting menus, these events are designed to both educate and uplift. Get all the details after the jump on our Hendrick’s Spirited Dinner during Tales of the Cocktail on Tour (February 13th); West Coast Montes during the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (February 29th); and California Dreaming, a special Arts Club Spring Wine Dinner (April 17th)… Read more

GOODS: South Granville’s “West” Continues To Evolve After 10 Years Of Excellence

December 8, 2011 


West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Since its opening more than a decade ago, West has been a place of quiet evolution, setting benchmarks with its unique coastal cuisine that speaks to where we live. And now, with the appointment of Quang Dang as executive chef, the introduction of his new menu and recent décor enhancements, West continues to evolve. “We really wanted to add another dimension to West,” says proprietor Jack Evrensel. “The addition of the Elements section introduces a wider range for the menu. It provides another way to enjoy West on a daily basis, for a casual bite on the way home from the office, or simply as an informal meeting place in the neighbourhood,” he added. Read more

GOODS: Private Blends Launched By “Top Table” Wine Directors And “Laughing Stock”

September 14, 2011 

Top Table's partnership with Laughing Stock Vineyards produces two uniquely blended wines

The GOODS from CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Top Table’s four wine directors—Araxi’s Samantha Rahn, Blue Water Cafe’s Andrea Vescovi, CinCin’s Sarah McCauley, and West’s Owen Knowlton—are excited to debut their inaugural wine label, Director’s Blend, a duo of personally blended wines produced by Laughing Stock Vineyards in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Augmenting the extensive international wine cellars at each restaurant, the 2009 Director’s Blend Red and 2010 Director’s Blend White are now available exclusively at Top Table restaurants and represent the first vintages of an ongoing project. Learn more after the jump… Read more

DINER: What I’d Like To Do On Thursday But Can’t Because Going Down In Newfoundland

Two of my favourite Canadian chefs, Jeremy Charles of Raymonds in St. John’s and Quang Dang of Diva here in Vancouver (soon to be at South Granville’s West), are cooking up an “East Meets West” themed super supper in Newfoundland this Thursday night. That’s 7 courses of presumably amazing food complete with wine pairings from Kim Cyr of “C” and Raymonds’ own wine director Jeremy Bonia. I had the pleasure of eating/judging some of Charles’ food when he represented his province at the Canadian Culinary Championships this past winter. The guy is extremely talented, especially under pressure (he won the silver medal), and dang if Quang needs any introduction at all. It’s just too bad it’s 7314 km away. I’m game if you have a jet…

DINER: Award-Winning “West” Restaurant Hires Quang Dang As New Executive Chef

Today, the first day of NHL free agency, we’ve so far learned that Raffi Torres is off to the Coyotes and that the Canucks have re-signed Sami Salo and Chris Higgins. Not to be outdone, our local restaurant trade is making moves as well, beginning with the looming departure of first line center executive chef David Gunawan from South Granville’s venerable West to Belgium (in exchange for future considerations). To fill the captaincy, owner Jack Evrensel has booked the services of talented 1st round draft pick chef Quang Dang, who has successfully quarterbacked the powerplay at Diva in the Metropolitan Hotel for a little over a year now. No news as of yet on his replacement, but there’s no rush. Apparently, this deal doesn’t go through until the end of August. If that’s true, then there’s plenty of time for Diva to exploit free agency. There are several heavyweights currently available, and not many fine dining joints buying.

GOODS: Top Table Rooms Shine At The 22nd Annual VanMag Restaurant Awards


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

The GOODS from CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | In British Columbia’s culinary industry, nothing salutes the advent of spring quite like the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Unique in Canada, and now in its 22nd year, the awards were convened on Tuesday, April 12th at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 19 judges acknowledged industry excellence as Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West were honoured before a standing-room-only audience of leading restaurateurs, chefs and service professionals. Read more

GOODS: South Granville’s “West” To Host G-Vine Gin Cocktail Dinner On April 25th

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

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | While West’s wine dinners are well known across the city—and beyond—it’s time to let our talented bar manager have his time in the sun, in this case the sunny vineyards of Cognac, France.

On April 25th, West Restaurant is pleased to welcome the extraordinarily diverse wine grape based gins of G’Vine—Floraison and Nouaison—in a unique five-course dinner crafted by Executive Chef David Gunawan, paired with cocktails created by Bar Manager David Wolowidnyk.

While most gins are made from grain, G’Vine gins are small batched from Ugni Blanc grapes, distilled with nine classic fresh-fruit botanicals; and, in the case of Floraison, the unique vine flower, picked on the very day it surrenders its peak aromatics. Nouaison, on the other hand, is tinctured with the nascent grape berries. Distillation for both gins takes place in an antique Florentine still known as ‘Lily Fleur’.

In Vancouver for only a few days, Audrey Fort of EWG Spirits & Wine and Philip Duff, world renowned mixologist and Gin expert, will offer commentary and insight into these remarkable spirits. Full menu and details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: West’s Owen Knowlton Named 2011 “Sommelier Of The Year” At Wine Fest

West Restaurant is located at 2881 Granville in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-738 -8938 |

The GOODS from West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | West Restaurant wine director Owen Knowlton was named the “2011 Sommelier of the Year” today at the 8th Annual Awards Lunch convened during the 33rd annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Part of West’s management team since 2005, Owen has worked to build the restaurant’s diverse cellar that now comprises some 700 labels, widely recognized as one of Canada’s finest.

Top Table proprietor Jack Evrensel commented, “I’m very proud of Owen. He has a nuanced palate and deep wine knowledge, but it’s his ability to gently translate both that creates memorable experiences for our guests.” Owen will also be honoured at the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards on April 12th. Read more

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