Royal Dinette, Vancouver

Last year it was Best New Restaurant and in 2017 it was voted Best Pacific Northwest Cuisine in the 2017 at the prestigious Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Chef Alden Ong is a world traveler but when he arrived in B.C. he lucked out working at Vancouver’s Burdock and Co., and then...

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver

On July 17th of last year, a new restaurant located at the iconic Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver, officially opened its doors to the public. With a signature recipe that blends a respect for the past with a celebration of the modern, Executive Chef Alex Chen’s seafood menu speaks...

Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ, Oliver, British Columbia

Meaning ‘from the earth’ Terrafina is a gorgeous Tuscan style restaurant nestled amongst the vines of Hester Creek Estate Winery in Oliver. The creators of RauDZ Regional Table and micro bar • bites in Kelowna took over the restaurant operation in Spring 2017. As one of the pioneers of the...

micro bar • bites , Kelowna, British Columbia

The culinary cousin to RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites in downtown Kelowna is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites.  Chef Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!” No fancy stemware here.  The creatively simple approach...

L’Abattoir, Vancouver

L’Abattoir is arguably one of the most solidly creative and award-blessed restaurants in British Columbia. Lee Cooper is the soft-spoken chef with a boyish demeanour who not only grew up in the restaurant business, but flourished in it.  As a young man he worked in his dad’s A&W...

Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia

Chef Ronald St Pierre and Tricia St Pierre have created Locals, a very real culinary destination in the Comox Valley. My friend, Jeremy Ferguson wrote the following in the Globe and Mail: “Courtenay’s claim to fame comes through a different passion: It wants to be foodie capital of the island....

Burdock & Co, Vancouver

Andrea Carlson, another veteran of John Bishop’s incredible kitchen which has launched so many fine careers, has landed on the soon-to-be-trendy Main Street.   The relatively tiny restaurant is a perfect canvas for her to practice her culinary art.  I love her totally shareable menu.  The...

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Victoria, British Columbia

Island Made. Spinnakers has always believed that the measure of a good pub is in its ability to serve a good meal along with a good pint. Over the last 31 years, they have always supported farm to table eating, and have partnered with over 35 local farmers and producers who supply us with fresh,...

Cibo Trattoria & UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar, Vancouver

Having a mere 40 seats, Cibo Trattoria,located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district, remains true to the traditional trattoria concept. In 2011 it was named as one of the Top Italian Restaurants in the World by Ospitalita Italiana Seal. But no matter how you cut...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience. They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...