Vv Magazine’s West Coast Editor Alexandra Gill fills us in on some hot new Vancouver restaurants opening spring 2015…
For a city its size, Vancouver’s incredibly buzzy restaurants scene hits higher than most. But with new Vancouver restaurants opening almost every week and the city’s infamous permit delays, it’s nearly impossible for even the most dedicated restaurant watcher to keep on top of everything. So, by no means conclusive, these are the hot spring 2015 Vancouver restaurants opening about which we are most excited.
Be it a blockbuster or a bomb, Bauhaus certainly won’t be boring. Not with B-movie director Uwe Boll (Capital Punishment, Blood Rayne) at the helm. Once infamously crowned “the worst filmmaker in the world,” Boll is now bringing upscale German cuisine to Gastown. Opening the week of April 20, the fine-dining Vancouver restaurant will offer nouvelle German cuisine at dinner (a chef’s menu and à la carte) and elevated classics for lunch. Expect the best weiner schnitzel around. An A-list crew includes Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann, who earned a Michelin star for his Berlin restaurant, Hartmann’s, and general manager Tim Adams, who spent 10 years catering to royals and their guests in London. This Vancouver restaurant has been receiving rave reviews.
Mike Robbins may not have impressed the Top Chef Canada judges, he was one of the first contestants to get axed in season four, but look at what happened to them. The TV show is gone, yet Robbins is still standing and looking mighty fine with his recently opened first restaurant in Kitsilano. Having been completely seduced by his finessed approach to Canadian gastro-pub cuisine at The Oakwood (his beef brisket poutine was to-die-for, his braised Alberta boar true bliss), we’re hoping for another love affair. This Vancouver restaurant has been receiving rave reviews.
Let’s hope this new room at the Century Plaza Hotel is worthy of Moreno Miotto’s fine cooking. One of Canada’s finest chefs, Miotto is best known for his award-winning Vancouver restaurants, Bis Moreno and Da Moreno in Prince George. (Yes, there once was great food in Prince George.) In recent years, he has worked for famous names – fashion titan Massimo Ferragamo at Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany and local legend Umberto Menghi (see story below). Last year, he joined Beyond Restaurant + Lounge at the Century Plaza Hotel, one of the most “spectacularly ugly” rooms in Vancouver. Now completely renovated, the modern Italian steakhouse opens this week. This Vancouver restaurant has been receiving rave reviews.
If the walls at Il Giardino could have talked, imagine the stories they would have told. Until it shuttered two years ago, Umberto Menghi’s storied yellow house was a favourite haunt for politicians, business leaders, and Hollywood royalty. In 37 years, the menu hardly changed and that’s the way everyone liked it. We’re not expecting anything revolutionary from the new Vancouver Tuscan restaurant, opening this spring a block down the road. And that will probably please his legions of fans just fine. This Vancouver restaurant has been receiving rave reviews.
There once was a time, not very long ago, when it was hard to find a decent bowl of Tom Yum soup in Vancouver. Soon, there will be good Thai restaurants in almost every major neighborhood. Angus An, chef and owner of the award-wining Maenam and New Westminster’s Longtail Kitchen, is expanding his empire into Chinatown with a casual pan-Asian noodle shop called Fat Mao. Also opening this spring, Kanchanaburi, a new False Creek restaurant from renowned Toronto chef Nuit Regular (known for Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Khao San Road, Sukhothai, and Sabai Sabai). And the recently opened Kin Kao restaurant on Commercial Drive has been receiving rave reviews.
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