Many months ago we posted a reader’s poll listing what we considered to be the top five restaurant tables in Vancouver. We received so much in the way of reader feedback – both positive and negative that we’ve decided to shine a brighter light on the subject, one excellent table at a time.
It’s hard enough to get any table at the popular Osteria Savio Volpe (currently atop the season’s Scout 25 poll), let alone the best one in the whole restaurant. You might think the three fourtops in the window (31, 32, 33) offer the nicest seats at first glance, but they’re effectively cleaved off from the rest of the dining room by the rectilinear bar and salumi station, and the walk-by people-watching is very limited (not a lot of foot traffic in the Fraserhood at night). What you’re looking for is Table #99, which, ironically, was considered the ugly duckling of the design configuration (by some) on opening day. Standing at bar height and sequestered away from every other table in the dining room, it’s isolated without being closed off and elevated so that it has better sight lines of the open kitchen and most of the dining room, as well as the whole of the bar opposite. Super extra double bonus: no neighbours.
Photos: Knauf & Brown