For many hockey players, fine dining is limited to slurpable soups made from condensed opponents' tears. Take advantage of one hockey player's selfless offering with today's Groupon. For $20, you get $40 worth of casual, upscale cuisine and drinks at McLean's Restaurant, located on Water Street in Gastown.
Former Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean conceptualized his namesake restaurant as an upscale arena filled with inventive and fresh brunch, lunch, and dinner plates. Evening eaters can coordinate a blind date between taste buds and the albacore tuna tartar ($10), where avocado and finely chopped tuna charm mouths with their complexity and crunchy nori seaweed chips swoop in to stave off commitment. The spinach and ricotta ravioli ($21) finds a home in creamy white wine sauce tartified with a teasing of sundried tomatoes. Sweet brunch items include a brioche cinnamon French Toast ($12), with candied walnut, Chantilly cream, and maple syrup, while the savoury side stands up with the Pacific Benedict ($15), which plops smoked salmon onto a couch of soft poached eggs before getting showered in a finish of hollandaise sauce.
Grey flannel booths, black and white photos, and vintage hockey memorabilia create a comforting contrast against the flat screen TVs showcasing hockey and competitive knitting matches. The well-manicured outdoor patio adds to the upscale yet laid back vibe, reminiscent of the slouchy King of France.
- Head downstairs for game watching and you’ll find grey flannel booths, delicate lighting and mon dieu! even a few fresh flowers. Warming up the requisite flatscreens in the room are black and white personal photos and hockey memorabilia like vintage skates. – Vitamin Daily
- …McLean's is a comfortable, understated elegant dining spot. – Savvy Insider