2-1600 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L9
Tel; (604) 681 1164
Executive Chef; Rob Clark – Chef de Cuisine; Les Humphries
$$$-$$$$, Contemporary Fish & Seafood
After that Vancouver and I came on the wrong foot with each other the first day – will come to that later – and I being a bit bitchy after returning from a not so great dining experience the first night to the hotel’s concierge, Albert – he recommended this restaurant to me … only 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel on the waterfront in False Creek.
During the day I was on the “hop on – hop off” tour, mostly to save my poor feet’s that had a really tough and rough time with all that walking and especially the heat in Chicago. So I spent the most of the day on the bus – making up my mind about what I will go back and see more the following day. I spent 3 hours at Granville Island and the Market – taking photos of beautiful vegetables, flowers and fruit. So Vancouver started to grow on me again.
So after a good 2 hours snooze I made my way down to the “C Restaurant” and what a wonderful surprise it was. Just on the water edge of False Creek Yacht Club and opposite the Granville Island – in the most stunning sunset did Vancouver make it up to me!
In all honesty I don’t think the food in Vancouver was that great 23 years ago, but after being spoiled for nearly 2 weeks with great comfort food and fine dining – the pressure was on Vancouver.
Albert had told me to ask for Sarah and so I did – but she wasn’t working, she was on holiday for a couple of days – but I was really well taken care of by all the staff.
Got a very nice table out on the patio and I could enjoy the famous English Bay sunset, look at the busy “aqua buses” and the luxury yachts going out and coming back from enjoying the sunset on the bay. Sitting there – Vancouver and I clicked again. It’s was breathtaking and we’re good again.
“C Restaurant” had a very exclusive menu with both caviar and foie gras menus plus a seafood stack, whatever that could be and it cost an “arm and a leg” – but with my experience with the foie gras the evening before – I didn’t feel for ordering it again.
Had my “vodka & tonic” before dinner.
Before dinner I got mini canapé sticks as the chef’s surprise – 9 in total and very delicious – really nice concept.
As a starter I had “North Arms Farm Beet Salad”, shaved ricotta salata, scotch pearls and olive oil sorbet – and it was fantastic – the presentation were like a piece of art. Lovely flavors and olive oil sorbet was so good and I’m not a sorbet friendly person.
My main was “Stockeye Salmon”, saffron potatoes, ramp soubise, preserved orange, quail’s egg. Wonderful dish with very well composed flavors – only wish that there had been more of that ramp and saffron potatoes on the plate.
As dessert I had “Chocolate Mousse”, chili cake, bubble sugar, marinade strawberries – and it was the perfect finishing. That chili cake base to the mousse was divine.
With my dinner I had a glass of “La Stella” – a crispy and light white wine – a wine that was completely new to me, a local British Columbia wine. They have really come a long way with their wines here in British Columbia.
We tried some of the local wines for our wine menu – 23 years ago – and they were absolutely undrinkable.
My cappuccino came with 2 small Macaroons with fruit coulis, brilliant final touch.
When we came to the damage for this fantastic evening – I had got $15.00 discount because the hotel had sent me – but they had forgotten to charge me for my pre-dinner drink and I pointed it out to them – so for this fine dining – the bill came in the end to $75.54 before tip. My waiter, Jason got his 20% on top, because he was worth it.
Such a delightful evening with a wonderful meal – and the sunset were for free.
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”
George R.R. Martin
Photos provided by and thanks to; crestaurant.com/sunset.com/