Dedicated locavore chef – Chris Whittaker of Forage – is solidifying the West End as one of Vancouver’s most dynamic foodie neighbourhoods with his new restaurant in the high-ceilinged iconic space next door to Forage on Robson at Jervis.
The new restaurant is called Timber, and the menu reads like a roadmap of Canadian comfort food. Home of the bison burger and deep-fried cheese curds, other daily features include pea meal bacon chops, bannock, elk tourtiere, and fish & chips. Add a brown butter tart for dessert and you’ve had yourself some fine Canadian home cooking.
The design of the room is a nostalgic nod to British Columbia’s rich timber history and the salt of the earth who built this province, one two-by-four at a time.
The 1900 square foot space boasts an 18 seat communal table, bench and window-side seating, and features reclaimed barn board from Glorious Organics Farm in Aldergrove. The space is designed by blacksmith/polymath Dustin Pritchard (check out his behind the scene photos from his workshop on Instagram @blacksmithdustin).
“We have two purposes at Timber – to celebrate Canadian cuisine and to have a lot of fun while we’re at it!” states Chef Chris Whittaker.
Chris Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. The path to sustainability has been an easy one for Whittaker as conservation and the use of local products is how he lives. Bee-keeping at home, preserving fruit and vegetables to have a “can-less” kitchen for Forage and working with small lot farmers throughout the year. An avid hunter and fisher-Whittaker is one of the city’s most interesting and passionate chefs.
Timber is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Timber est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Timber directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
1300 Robson Street,
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 1C5 (604) 661-2166
Photos by Nelson-Mouellic, Vancouver.