A cozy picture of Tudor revivalist design, the lakeside Hart House Restaurant purveys creative menus full of exquisite dinner, lunch, and brunch delicacies lauded for their casual elegance. Sophisticated dishes include seared salmon with saffron fennel puree and beef tenderloin. During warmer months, guests can enjoy creative fare on the patio with a Pimm's Cup or a local wine before cracking into a vanilla bean cr?me br?l?e.
Seasonal events celebrate fresh, local fare. Hart House's glass-walled lakeside cottage, sprawling green backyard, and second-storey private rooms also make it an ideal location for business meetings, weddings, and reenactments of The English Patient.
A vivid mural covers a corner of Baci Ristorante, colouring the wall in European street scenes that, when paired with a menu of rich pastas and fine wines, evokes the spirit of Italy. Live music and dancing furthers the convivial atmosphere wherein guests can thumb through a large menu of Italian favourites at lunch or dinner. In addition to à la carte pizzas, seafood dishes, and appetizers, Baci Ristorante creates prix fixe group menus that sate larger parties or a single hungry strongman on his night off.
Every year Delta Burnaby Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond hotel and Green Key recipient, beckons guests into its conference centre’s 7,500-square-foot grand villa ballroom for an eclectic wine-tasting event. Twelve British Columbia–based wineries invite guests to sample their vine-based tastes, complemented by hors d’oeuvres crafted by chefs Dan Craig, Morgan Lechner, and Ian Thompson, and live entertainment to flatter ears and eyeballs. Guests engage to win silent-auction prizes including stays in the hotel, gift certificates to local restaurants, home-improvement products, and tickets to see the mime symphony. Partial proceeds from the event go to Habitat for Humanity. Parking is free for the event.
Up a long, wooded road in Burnaby Mountain Park, Horizons Restaurant waits, its towering wraparound windows granting spectacular views of budding rose gardens, stately Japanese totem poles, and Vancouver below. These surroundings absorb visitors so completely that only when their dishes arrive—wafting up the garlic and herbs of Executive Chef John Garrett’s innovative West Coast–inspired dishes—can they tear their eyes away. Chef Garrett grills BC seafood and steaks on an alder-wood barbecue, pairing the meats with locally sourced produce and accentuating sauces. When discussing his food philosophy with reporters from Dine Out Vancouver, the culinary artist put it plainly: "start with freshest ingredients, prepare them simply to enhance their natural flavors, and let those flavors shine through."
Once plates have been cleared and glasses have been drained, satisfied guests stroll past the gardens and pristine lakeshores of Burnaby Mountain Park. Forests of lush trees and winding trails make the park an ideal landscape for taking long nature hikes or burying leftover crème brûlée in the ground for later.
Swaths of red and black cover the multilevel ceiling and walls of Joey’s Urban, and matte canvas photos of Joey's food hang on the walls. Contemporary music plays on the speakers, and LCD screens display sporting contests above the heads of patrons consuming fried fish and tacos. Fish 'n' chip meals sear a quarter-pound piece of cod ($12) or halibut ($16) in a crisp, fried coating. The included natural-cut fries with sea salt can be upgraded to classic poutine for an extra $2 and smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Patrons can also select from five flavors of à la carte tacos including ahi tuna or mexi-chicken ($4.50).
Though envisioned as a casual family eatery, Hurricane Grill is anything but simple. Unafraid to reinvent their style over and over again, the chefs craft upscale-casual fare with locally sourced ingredients that draws on the flavors of North and Latin America as well as the Mediterranean and Asia. Brunch dishes beam with British Columbia-raised free-range eggs while West Coast shellfish and Angus beef steaks shine during lunch and dinner. Those looking to curb their cravings for homemade burgers can choose an all-beef, chicken, or veggie patty and adorn it with a litany of toppings. On warm nights, guests filter out onto the patio to share lively meals with families and friends.