We had the opportunity to swing by one of Vancouver’s top hotels – the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – to check out their newly redecorated ARC Restaurant and Lounge… and what a massive change to behold!
Long gone is the dated décor of yesteryear; it has been completely ripped out and tossed to make room for a sleek and decidedly sexy new layout that begs for gatherings of both the intimate and boisterous kinds (with a million dollar view thrown in for good measure).
ARC’s curved space offers a sensational bar that provides a vibrant hub for socializing with cocktails in-hand. Light bar snacks will more than whet the appetite – just try to deny yourself the smoked octopus chips, fried pickles, beef tenderloin tartare, and fresh BC oysters.
Pair any menu item perfectly with one of the many locally brewed craft beers available, or opt to sip on the Fairmont Stinger Honey Lager – produced in partnership with Whistler Brewing Company using honey sourced from the hotel’s very own bee hives housed atop its rooftop garden. Also on offer is plenty of BC and international wines, or expertly-mixed seasonal cocktails. On our radar for summer sipping: ARC’s Vineyard Margarita and Farmer’s Market Sour sure do the trick!
If you’re on the hunt for brunch, ARC is another option to consider and features an expansive selection of tasty options that go well beyond benedicts (though they’ve got four listed). Try one of their signature skillets (cassoulet, bacon skillet cake, or wild mushroom hash), or opt for traditional comfort food such as a stack of buttermilk pancakes, or smoked meat French toast. Feeling like something a bit lighter? Then sample some BC smoked salmon with a boiled egg and cream cheese, or ARC’s granola and yogurt parfait.
New to the Fairmont Waterfront is the addition of a patio that runs the length of ARC and affords guests with a front-row seat overlooking the bustle of Vancouver’s harbour, constant cruise ship action, and the majestic backdrop of the North Shore mountains. A private terrace is also available for parties of 14 looking to dine al fresco.
Looking for more information about ARC and The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel? Click here for details. ARC is open daily, serving breakfast from 6am, lunch at 11:30am, and dinner starting at 5:30pm.
Photos courtesy of Cory Dawson Photography.
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