Without fine-dining establishments, ordinary people would have no excuse for wearing a crown at the table and demanding to be called Copernicus. Live out delusions of grandeur with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a four-course summer lunch at Nu Restaurant, located on Granville Street (a $29 value). The four-course lunch takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
Nu Restaurant's seasonal menus pamper palates with inventive, Mediterranean-inspired dishes derived from locally sourced ingredients. Nu's lauded team of sharpshooting chefs crafts four courses of light eats for a lunch menu kicking off with a flavourful buckshot of close-range greek-salad shooters. Albacore-tuna tartare floats in with fried capers in lemon sauce, and roasted chicken lounges regally on a throne of orzo-stuffed peppers topped with roasted-tomato sauce and feta. The taste-bud-courting procession finishes with chocolate mousse bedecked with caramelized milk and greek cookies. Guests dine in two levels of comfortably chic dining space adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the illuminations of the West Coast sunset. An outdoor seating area is also available for sharing the atmosphere with a friend, date, or fraternal twin once removed.
Executive chef Robert Clark fell in love with cooking in his grandmother's kitchen, where he helped her prepare salmon fresh from the York River. Chef de cuisine Lee Humphries worked his family's farm in Cornwall, England, surrounded by a booming fisherman's trade. And sommelier Sarah McCauley honed her palate pairing wines in restaurants in Holland, England, and Spain. Owner Harry Kambolis had the good sense to gather all three together to make C Restaurant's menu, which has gone on to earn dozens of awards from institutions such as Wine Spectator and [Vancouver Magazine](http://gr.pn/SovCNE].
Unsurprisingly, given the chefs' fish-centric histories, the ever-changing seasonal menu emphasizes seafood dishes, complementing them with local, sustainably farmed ingredients wherever possible. C Restaurant's decor also emphasizes a connection to the natural world with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the Granville Island shoreline. A garden patio shelters diners from summer sunlight with beige umbrellas and the upraised tentacles of the giant squids who live beneath the nearby Burrard Street Bridge.