People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents inner-system quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with innovative eats: for $42, you get a six-course tasting menu for one person at C Restaurant, located on Howe Street. Accolades and positive press consistently surround C Restaurant for its exceptional seafood, outstanding service, and use of regional ingredients.
The six-course menu represents an extravagant swathing of executive chef Robert Clark's creative concoctions, composed from local, sustainable seafood and produce. Greet your meal with a sensual smooch as your friendly servers usher out three eligible Pacific Kiss oysters, freshly shucked and selected by the B.C. Shellfish Association and Matchmakers Union. Next, an heirloom tomato salad bombards tongue buds with bursts of fresh basil and grape must before a third course of decadent mussel-and-clam risotto arrives, infused with tomato consommé and bacon and black-bean puree.
The decadent procession continues with roasted sablefish accompanied by a posse of lobster gnocchi, chanterelles, and lemonade foam, before the fifth course of seared Bayne Sound scallops arrives in an opulent litter carried by twice-cooked foie gras, braised beef, asparagus, and truffle gastrique. Choose between rich and tarty with two dessert options—a strawberry gratin of ice wine poached berries and pistachio ice cream, or simply decadent shellfish chocolates, served with coffee and tea. You can also add wine pairings to the tasting menu for an extra $50 per person, and substitutions may be made for dietary restrictions.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant minimalist décor, and a cozy mezzanine level that overlooks the main floor all endow C Restaurant with a modern, open quality. The outstanding service ensures your meal will run smoothly, like a freshly shaven gazelle.
C Restaurant has won a slew of awards, including numerous Vancouver magazine accolades. It was featured by Fodor's and Gayot. More than 100 OpenTable diners give it a four-star average rating, and more than 150 TripAdvisors give it a 3.5-star average:
- …dishes such as pickled sablefish served with mustard sorbet and minty cucumber soup or tuna grilled ultra-rare and dressed with an octopus vinaigrette have established this spot as Vancouver's most innovative seafood restaurant. – Fodor's
- Whatever special is offered, don't hesitate to order it---they’re consistently first-rate. – Gayot
Executive chef Nicolas Hipperson fell in love with cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen, where he helped her prepare dishes fresh from their garden in rural Saskatchewan. Owner Harry Kambolis had the good sense to pluck him from the prairies and put his talents to use to create C Restaurant’s menu, which has gone on to earn dozens of awards from institutions such as Wine Spectator and Vancouver Magazine.
Unsurprisingly, given the chefs' penchant for home-cooking style with a young urban twist, 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.
1600 Howe St.
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