Barbara J MacFarlane, MD
Dine Out Vancouver
Every year Vancouver has a Dine Out Vancouver event. Sometime between the middle of January and early February spanning three weekends, Vancouverites and tourists alike get the treat of Dine Out Vancouver. The event has specialized menus at a multitude of restaurants for a set lower price so people can try and enjoy several different restaurants and restaurant owners can enjoy busy bookings in a slower time of the year.
I had the pleasure of partaking in the event this year and have now decided on a favorite new dining place in Vancouver.
Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge is the place.
From being greeted at the curbside by a gentleman ready to valet park your car to having your car brought ot the same curb when you are ready to leave, it is the complete experience. Where else can you be so pleasantly welcomed by a gentleman in a tophat ready to assist you? Whether you are a guest at the hotel or just coming for the evening, the special service is for you.
Restaurant and Lounge in the Wedgewood Hotel.
There is both a Bacchus Restaurant or Lounge depending on your wants and needs of the evening. Nestled in the Wedgewood Hotel, they are just right for an evening out. For a group wishing to dine together, the restaurant is perfect. The on point decor and white table cloths are waiting for you. I was meeting a friend so we chose the lounge and were seated at a table by the fireplace. It was the feel of being welcomed for the evening to someone's home. The wine list is extensive featuring both wines from BC and around the world plus there is a full spectrum of drinks that can be made to your liking. Peanuts and pretzel snacks are already on the table.
Montgomery Lau, the Executive Chef provides an amuse-bouche that's delicious and readies your palate for the meal to come. The bread server circles by and you select for your plate.
The meal is complete.
There was a special menus for the Dine Out event and I started with the Creamy Tomato Soup with Whipped Fromage Blanc/Basil Oil. My entree was Porcini Crusted Steelhead with Charred Cauliflower/Leek and Olive Oil Fingerling/Carrot Puree. Dessert featured Passion Fruit Creme Brulee with Hazelnut Short Bread. All items are designated vegatarian or gluten free for your preferences.
Lounge has a piano.
The lounge has a featured musician for the piano and the schedule is online for your convenience of selection when you would like to go. The music adds to the comfort of being there and feeling you are having a special evening experience.
Everything is top notch.
The service during the meal is excellent and not instrusive. The elements necessary to designate the encompassing Wedgewood Hotel & Spa to be a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux are readily apparent. It is obvious it is a luxury boutique hotel.
Afternoon tea is also served.
When in Vancouver, BC staying at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa would be an excellent choice for its service and ease of proximity to everything in Vancouver. If not staying there, enjoy a meal or even afternoon tea for something different on a weekend.
What more could you ask in a life of living well? It's a lifestyle worth living!
C'est la joie de vie!