Tourism Vancouver brings you Dine Out Vancouver 2016, Canada’s largest food and drink festival with hundreds of restaurants participating in 90 events over an action packed 17-day calendar.
We all know it, January is the time of year when Vancouverites get the “saddies” thanks to little-to-no sun, endless drizzle and shattered New Year’s resolutions. Time to pull yourself away from the S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) lamp, stop dreaming about winning the $1.6 billion US Power Ball Lottery and get into the spirit of Dine Out Vancouver.
Step one to getting better? Put your pants on. Step two. Get out into the big world and have a mouthwatering dinner worth remembering. Step three? Choose a Dine Out Vancouver restaurant that embodies the farm-to-table designation so you can feel good about supporting locally-sourced, ethically-produced fare.
Three steps, three incredible farm to table restaurants at this year’s Dine Out Vancouver. Read on.
NICLI’S NEXT DOOR
An Italian pizzeria where everything on the menu is handmade on the premises with locally sourced ingredients. Nicli’s Next Door is a cozy, beautifully designed restaurant tucked away in a long narrow space on 68 East Cordova. The Dine Out menu consists of colourful beets and sprout appies, a robust offering of homemade pasta entrees done three ways, and a well thought out wine list spotted with a blend of Italian and local BC wines from the Okanagan and Silkameen valley. For $30 this Dine Out option tops our list. Book now.
So much food, so little time…well, actually you do have time, if you reserve. This year, Royal Dinette has packed so much into the Dine Out menu, we wondered how Chef David Gunawan and his team will keep up with demand. Octopus, ling cod, short ribs, lamb tar tare, whole wheat rigatoni with smoked mushrooms — do we have your attention yet? The dessert offering is mind blowing to boot. With a decent sized wine list and a lively, inviting cocktail list, prepare to make this choice a night to remember. $40 and a trip downtown will get you there.
With Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist Vanessa Bourget as the founder and head chef of Exile Bistro, you are in for a truly unique dining experience. If proteins such as elk and bison accompanying lentil nut pate and cedar smoked potatoes get your salivary glands pumping you certainly need to stop in here. The mixed cocktails served in ornate vintage goblets and tumblers are as pretty to Instagram as they are to drink. Try the Green Ceasar made with blue-green algae and potato vodka, or the Root Sour made with bourbon, ginger, turmeric and yam juice. Peep the $30 Dine Out menu here.