Thoughts On The Sad End Of South Granville’s Chow


We are very saddened to have to report that the very excellent Chow Restaurant at 3121 Granville St. closed last night after service.


Chef JC Poirier’s ode to smooth and sophisticated French was outstanding in my book, from the always reliable food and the stellar bar program to the slick decor and genuine service.

Chow was a complete restaurant, the kind of youthful and independent neighbourhood operation I wish we had plenty more of in Vancouver. They earned Silver in 2007 for Best New Fine Dining at the Vancouver magazine restaurant awards, and enRoute magazine followed suit by declaring it one of “The Next 20” best new restaurants in Canada. It was also a shoe in for my “Top 10 New Restaurants” in the Westender, and generally a favourite among food lovers and critics. I am confused/angry/bummed that it’s gone, and hope that JC won’t decamp from this city to more receptive climes.