1) Restaurant Review:
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver. BC. 778.379.9510 www.fannybayoysters.com
This 3-months new eatery locates in the sports hub of downtown and brings in what Fanny Bay Oysters are famous for--- Ocean fresh fares. Featured in their contemporary and welcoming restaurant are wild seafood from the Pacific Ocean: Geoduck, clams, mussels and elsewhere, such as Lobster from the East coast. From shuck-to-order raw ones to cooked in style oysters, seafood chowder to wild salmon entree, the 'Tide to Table" menu offers a good variety of lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in small plates and enthralling entrees.
Stephanie's thumbs ups: A plate of feature-of-the-day raw oysters. Oyster shooters. Seafood Chowder. Deep-fried oysters.
On Friday, Aug. 5, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will offer shellfish aficionados a true tide-to-table treat by featuring a bevy of oyster specials and donating 10 per cent of restaurant oyster sales to the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program.
From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., guests can enjoy a number of signature oyster specials from Executive Chef Chris Andraza, including Oysters Three Ways (casino, fried and rockafeller; $12); Angels on Horseback (bacon-wrapped oysters on crostini; wilted spinach, $12); and Oyster Fritter (jalapeño corn fritter, white cheddar beer sauce; $9). The restaurant will also offer its regular happy hour menu from 3 to 6 p.m. which includes $1 Fanny Bay oysters, half-price Pan-Fried Oysters and $5 BRB Fanny Bay Oyster Stout on tap as well as a rotating selection of daily features.
The name, a tribute to the first Chinese convenience store which opened in 1891 in New York, is as intriguing as the concept. It chose to first open in Hong Kong and soon, Vancouverites will be able to share the prestigious dining experience.
2) Opening early Fall, 2016 - Mott 32
Mott 32 (32公館) - 1161, W. Georgia Street, Vancouver. www.mott32.com
Continuing their award-winning restaurant trend of "Taking a Modern Approach to Chinese Cuisine" of the contriving Mott 32 in Hong Kong, this stunningly designed and uniquely formulated restaurant will soon be opening in the Trump Tower in the heart of downtown.
Fueled by the globally recognized shining star "Maximal Concepts", Mott 32 Hong Kong spurs with amicable success. Their daring attempt to modernize the somewhat stuffy mode of Chinese restaurant operation turns Mott 32 into an urban dining legend, yet it vows to put its focus back onto the essence of ingredients and nostalgic recipes known to those growing up using chopsticks.
To honour China as the world's largest farming nation, Mott 32 amplifies the sought-after 'Farm to Table' regime through respectful sourcing and detail-oriented cooking techniques. No wonder a full-blast of energy and a brand new chapter much needed in re-defining traditional Chinese fine dining, Mott 32 also boasts a world-class wine-pairing program.
3) Wild BC Salmon Bake at Yew Restaurant & Bar
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia (Pacific Centre). www.fourseasons.com/vancouver
Yew Restaurant & Bar celebrates the best of local sustainable seafood with wild BC salmon all throughout August. www.yewseafood.com
On Sundays August 14, 21, and 28, a limited number of guests will be able to book a seat at YEW’s communal table for an over-the-top, interactive wild salmon bake. Raise a glass of YEW’s red or white Summer Sangria and make new friends as hands reach across the table to dig in to the generous family style meal starring whole wild salmon, baked to perfection. The three-course meal kicks off with a bright and flavourful Little Gem Lettuce Salad and features garden fresh sides including Steamed New Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Heirloom Tomato Confit and Green Butter Beans best enjoyed with Pastry Chef Mark’s Homemade Brioche and Warm Summer Fruit Pie. To purchase tickets, please go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-salmon-bake-tickets-2631318443