First Look At Oru In The Fairmont Pacific Rim

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.

And that’s all I got for now…

 

There are 6 comments

  1. Surely a man of your cosmopolitan experience has accrued jollies enough inside the world’s finest rim rooms to not require a refresher. Tease.

  2. Rim or no rim. You both are going to be around it and i am sure we will all hear about it.

    PS is this going to be another Yaletown pacific Rim restaurant AKA. GF ? i am Concerned?

  3. David Wong has been named Executive Chef at Oru.
    He was a representative for Canada at the 2009 Bocuse D’Or culinary competition. We should see some exciting things from this man.