There’s nothing quite like a heavy dose of southern hospitality to warm up the holiday season! Chewies beautiful New Orleans-inspired Coal Harbour location definitely did the trick at this Wednesday evening’s festive cinq-à-sept gathering, featuring some of the best southern comfort food this side of the border and more oysters than you could shuck all evening.
Guests were greeted by a match made in heaven: the whole Chewies gang (can we say, man candy!) serving up signature muddy Caesars in hand. Made with bacon infused vodka (made in house) and garnished with a wedge of lemon, freshly grated horseradish and a giant prawn, it was the perfect savoury/spicy concoction to warm us up.
Elevating the restaurant’s rustic yet upscale-jazzy vibe, a three-tier chandelier of brass big band instruments decorated the main entrance. This artistic masterpiece by local artist and photographer Dale Klippenstein, is the result of 150 hours of creative refurbishment.
The night showcased Chewies fantastic menu as guests were plied with mouthwatering showstoppers brought over from Kitsilano’s flagship location as well as some new dishes exclusive to Coal Harbour. Our favourites had to be the parmesan-fried green tomatoes loaded with a creamy Dungeness crab slaw, as well as the chicken-fried gator and corn hush puppies with a sweet, house-made jalepeño jam.
One of our VTV favorite had to be their Ocean Wise parsley-panko crusted, pan fried Fanny Bay oysters, basically it’s the closest thing you can get to a mouthwatering pescetarian version of a chicken nugget in Vancouver.
Executive Chef Greg Edwards has created an extensive offering of vegan and gluten-free options on the menu to cater to YVR’s discerning diners –refreshing, to say the least. We tasted our way through several such options like their kale salad with house-smoked seaweed, crispy capers, garlic croutons and lemon-garlic dressing. This was followed up with some decadent Valrhona chocolate lava cake (using 70% Valrhona cocoa powder, molten dark chocolate, fresh cream, and no flour whatsoever).
Although it’s only been open for a few weeks and the Kitsilano location has just celebrated its second birthday, Chewies Coal Harbour has fast become a staple downtown lunch spot. We will definitely be back at Coal Harbour over the holiday season. Hungry yet? Check out more Chewies offerings online at: www.chewies.ca.
Story and photos contributed by Alexandra Lam.