Conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver, The Edge is equal parts modern and comfortable, fine dining and casual. A lounge area with cozy, but almost futuristic-looking silver chairs and black loveseats serves as comfy spot for an after-work cocktail. The dining area, though, feels like a stark contrast, with its retro decor straight from the golden age of diners. But the globally inspired menu, unlike any phone that came out earlier this year, is definitely of this time, with ingredients sourced locally and served at dinner, lunch, and brunch. Dinner means an array of signature dishes like flatbreads and burgers or hearty entrees such as roasted chicken breast, pan-seared salmon, and pastas. For brunch, both breakfast and lunch are equally represented, with skillets and french toast as well as mac-and-cheese and crispy chicken burgers.
Modelled after sweets from classic European chocolatiers, Xoxolat's award-winning chocolate makers concoct an assortment of bars, truffles, and artisanal chocolate creations. Since June 2007, they have treated palates to fair-trade and equitable-trade chocolates and single-origin selections from artisan lines such as Republica Del Cacao, Amedei, and zotter. In addition to selling an assortment of gourmet chocolate bars and truffles, Xoxolat holds a Chocolate 101 class where participants learn cacao bean-facts and the ethics behind eating chocolate Easter bunnies.
Free WiFi waves ripple through Cafe De France’s ample café seating, where the staff serves food from a menu of sandwiches and soups. Their sandwich toppings include prosciutto and swiss, tuna, and smoked beef, and a simple selection of breakfast entrees presents scrambled eggs, bagels, and scrambled bagels. It wouldn’t be a true café if it didn’t also brew mochas, chai lattes, and a variety of bagged teas—Cafe De France serves them all. The kitchen teams also prepares pastries and cakes, along with tarts topped with sweet strawberries or blueberries.
At first blush, 9th Avenue Grill’s menu looks pretty standard: there's a denver omelet flecked with canadian bacon; buttermilk pancakes smothered with warm syrup and butter; and a couple burgers stacked with cheese, bacon, and onion. But then you notice the eggs benedict. 9th Avenue calls them Bennys and there are 10 varieties, from a Sicilian recipe with pesto-marinated feta, tender grilled chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes to a low-carb option served sans english muffin with turkey bacon on a bed of spinach. Build your own benedict with ingredients like roasted turkey, artichoke hearts, and havarti, and finally prove city council wrong for denying your proposed pancake tower to heaven.
Inside Beyond Restaurant & Lounge, wall-mounted lamps cast orange light over sleek modern tables, white chairs, and carefully plated entrees. A circular wall of glass beads refracts red light in the lower dining room, while in the lounge, plasma televisions glow on Zebra wood walls near a central bar made of chocolate-colored American walnut. A wall of transparent glass separates the dining area from the kitchen, giving patrons a free view of chefs splashing sauces over lobster or oysters.
Panne Rizo has plenty of fresh baked bread, cookies, pies, and cakes. But unlike most bakeries, there's no gluten used in any of its products or hidden in the cash register. All recipes are made from scratch with non-hydrogenated oils, yielding flavors of bread as diverse as olive and herb, cheddar and scallion, and cinnamon raisin. Guests looking for a full meal can enjoy turkey or tuna paninis on focaccia bread, cheddar-and-parmesan macaroni and cheese, or daily soups such as butternut squash or african peanut. Gluten-free gourmands named Panne Rizo Vancouver's best gluten-free bakery in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate awards in 2012 and 2013, and they were selected the Top Cafe of 2014 by Top Choice Awards.