Secret Location — Vancouver (5/2016)


It was only at the last minute that I found a new restaurant to try on a trip to Vancouver.  A Google search had come up with Secret Location, which has been around for a little while, but didn’t come up in prior searches (I’m guessing due to changes in menu/format). I was able to secure a reservation just a couple of days in advance through pretty easily.

It bills itself as a retail-food establishment, and there is a small retail shop next door.  The blue bar area is located a step up from the restaurant floor. 

The menu offers both à la carte options and a tasting menu and two levels of wine pairings.  Their wine list was pretty extensive, naturally offering a lot from British Columbia, as well as from the United States.

I just went for a wine-by-the-glass and ordered the local offering of Viognier from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.

For the full write-up, click here.


West — Vancouver, British Columbia (3/2015)


A planned trip to Vancouver in early spring had me searching for a new restaurant to try.  My prior visit in search of modernist cuisine did not yield anything to report.  This time, West Restaurant showed up.  Although it was not centrally-located in the downtown area of Vancouver, it was a direct 20-minute bus ride down Granville St.

The dining room is a long narrow space from the front to the back.  To the other side of the half-wall is the bar and wine wall.  I selected a glass of the Alsatian Gewurztraminer for my wine for the evening.

The menu options are numerous.  They offer dishes a la carte.  There are also three tasting menus —   land, sea and vegetarian – as well as pre-theatre menu.

For the full write-up, click here.