Vancouver Restaurant offers 1962 throwback menu

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In the Vancouver restaurant scene, 50 years is an eternity.  Even phenomenal, palate-thrilling eateries seem to have a lifespan of just a few years (R.I.P. Lumiere, Refuel).  For a restaurant to survive and thrive for half a century is no small accomplishment.

That’s exactly what Hy’s Encore steakhouse has done this year.  And it’s marking its long reign over Vancouver’s steak-and-potatoes scene with a retro menu that’s a throwback to its early days.

Remember Steak Diane?  I don’t.  But apparently it was big back in the early 1960s, when Hy’s first opened its doors on Hornby Street.  You take a filet mignon, then finish it table-side with sauteed mushrooms, Dijon mustard, veal demi-glace and – to top it all off – a brandy flambe.  Hmm . . . guess they weren’t exactly counting calories back in the day.  And that’s just one of the retro dishes on Hy’s 50th anniversary menu, offered throughout October. Continue reading:
Vancouver Restaurant offers 1962 throwback menu

For Carnivores Only: Inside Gotham steakhouse

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on Vancouver steakhouses, and readers called me out for some notable omissions.  The one favourite that came up in comment after comment was Gotham.  I decided to check it out last weekend.  I wished I hadn’t waited so long.

Maybe I missed it because it’s nearly hidden in plain sight, in the downtown business district near Seymour and Dunsmuir Streets.  From the outside, all you see is a sign.  Inside is a whole different story.

25-foot ceilings.  Hardwood wainscoting.   Red velvet banquettes.  Pianist playing away in the corner.  Gotham is old-school and elegant, like a classic gentleman’s study.  The main dining room – set with white tablecloths and heavy silver – is open and lively, with quieter tables upstairs and a big bar along one side of the restaurant.

But what about the food?

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For Carnivores Only: Inside Gotham steakhouse

Best Steakhouse in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

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Vancouver may be world famous for its fresh Pacific seafood and cutting-edge fusion cuisine.  But when it comes to a classic T-bone or sirloin, options abound as well.  The city’s premiere steakhouses source prime cuts from the prairies of Alberta and from around the world.

Do you have a favourite Vancouver steakhouse?  Weigh in on the beef debate by leaving a comment below. 

In the meantime, here are a few popular options for carnivores in need of a fix in Vancouver.

The Keg There are now more than 100 Keg restaurants in Canada and the United States, but the legendary steakhouse got its start right in Vancouver.  A family steakhouse with a comfortable atmosphere, the Keg is known for its well aged beef and tender, flavorful steaks.  Expect a unique combination of class, value and – of course – great meat.

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Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

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Stay with me on this one.  Two Vancouver restaurants are being featured in the upcoming finale of Top Chef: Texas.  Top Chef is the hit reality cooking show on Bravo, where chefs face off in a series of culinary challenges.  This season – judged by Emeril Lagasse, among others – is set in Texas and focuses on southern cuisine like pit BBQ and chili.

But the final episodes have been filmed right here in Vancouver.  The finale is set in two very popular restaurants on Alberni Street: Black+Blue and Coast. Catch it when it airs March 12 at 6 p.m. on Food Network Canada (or Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. if you get Bravo USA) – or head down to ritzy Alberni Street yourself for a first-hand look at the featured restaurants.

Black+Blue is a brand-new, upscale steakhouse that’s already winning acclaim for having the best steaks in town.  Continue reading:
Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast