February 5 2014
Gastown's Picks: Where to Dine on Valentine's Day (Part 1)
Written by Gastown Admin
Al Porto Ristorante
321 Water Street
Treat your Valentine to this Gastown gem for traditional Italian cuisine and fine elegant dining. The Tuscan rustic ambiance and exceptional service at Al Porto will surely set the tone for a romantic night out. Al Porto is featuring a special four-course dinner for Valentine’s Day evening for $54.95. View Al Porto’s mouth-watering choices below:
Lobster Bisque -chive creme fraiche
Hand-Made Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad extra virgin olive oil, balsamic reduction
Seafood Lover’s Plate – fresh oyster, mignonette, prawn cocktail, salmon gravlax
Duck Prosciutto – apple and fennel salad, citrus dressing
Seared Beef Filet – truffled celeriac and potato mash, sauce foie gras
Porcini Dusted Halibut – sweet corn and polenta puree, arugula pesto
Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken – stuffed with tomato, bocconcini and basil, balsamic reduction
Grilled Vegetable Tower – sauteed spinach, beet risotto base
Dolci for Two – chocolate ganache torte, traditional tiramisu, chocolate dipped strawberries
Visit here to view Al Porto’s dinner menu.
325 Cambie Street
Enjoy an intimate, seven-course dinner by Winner Winner and Ken Tsui. Revolver’s ‘Archive’ space will be transformed into an “underground pop-up dining experience where lovebirds can cozy up to a beautiful Valentine’s Day dinner that celebrates the supremely tasty treasures from the sea.
This up-and-coming culinary force will pair your love for each other with their love of the Pacific. From uni toast, prawn tiradito, scallop paired with foie gras, seafood dashi, charred halibut and lobster thermidor each course celebrates the bounty of British Columbia’s coastal waters. There’s no coincidence that what’s on offer at dinner are aphrodisiacs. Intimate and relaxed, Seafood is for Lovers is a romantic, one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Gastown.”
Tickets are $125 plus service charge per guest. Visit here for more information on the pop-up dinner event.
99 Powell St
Tel: 604 428 0301
Bambudda is a refreshing choice for a Valentine’s Day date, offering creative Chinese sharing plates and crafted cocktails. The small and not so small plates are as tasty as they are beautiful, fusing Oriental ingredients with a modern approach. A couple of great plates to share are the Crisy Pork Belly and Bison Tartare and Marrow with bison, bone marrow, and crispy rice. Visit here to view Bambudda’s menu.
Cork & Fin
221 Carrall Street
Cork & Fin is the best place to take a Valentine that appreciates great seafood. Cork & Fin is known as one of the best seafood restaurants in the city with a great wine list and a space that will set a romantic mood. Enjoy an enchanting seafood dinner in a candle-lit room, brick-walled brasserie, and housing a raw bar of fresh oysters, crabs, mussels, and more. Visit here to view Cork & Fin’s menu.
216 Abbott Street
For those who want a Parisian escape on Valentine’s Day, Jules Bistro is the perfect restaurant offering romantic baroque ambience and casual French bistro food. Some of their hearty delights include beef tenderloin with red wine sauce, duck confit with frissee salad, and vanilla bean brulee. Enjoy a glass of wine and nibble on comforting French cuisine and let Jules Bistro’s live pianist serenade you and your date on Valentine’s Day. Visit here to view Jules Bistro’s menu.
217 Carrall Street
Want to impress your Valentine? L’Abattoir is one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city providing a great place for a Valentine’s day, with a bar and lounge setting, sun soaked atrium and elevated dining room. The award-winning restaurant combines informal fine dining, French cuisine using seasonal ingredients and locally sourced meat. Visit here to view L’Abattoir’s menu.
Nicli Antica Pizzeria
62 E Cordova Street
Romance your Valentine over authentic Neopolitan pizza and wine at a chic and modern room. Nicli Antica Pizzeria is giving you a chance to really impress your special Valentine with a special five-course Valentine’s Day Sharing Menu.
First Course: Stuzzichino
Two fresh shucked Kusshi oysters with a prosecco mignonette
Second Course: Antipasto
Rich and creamy burrata, house made peppernata, arugula, aged balsamic and served with parmesan, oregano flatbread
Third Course: Insalata
Tuna conserva, shaved fennel, arugula, capers, olives, rosemary potatoes
Fourth Course: Pizza (choice of)
Margherita di bufala – Pomodoro, grana padano, mozzarella di bufala, basil
Bianca – EVOO, parmesan, Taleggio, black kale, Nicli bacon
Diavola- Spicy saffron pomodoro, asiago, Abruzzo sopressata and PEI mussels
Fifth Course: Dolci
Sundae per due trio of gelati, bananas, house made brownie, Frangelico-espresso syrup and Chantilly
Each course is to share between two. Vegetarian Options Available upon request
Visit here to purchase your ticket.
162 Water Street
If you want to make your Valentine date feel at ease, visit Pourhouse. What Pourhouse does well is combine comfort and elegance, serving heart-warming meals in a sophisticated throwback lounge almost reminiscent of a turn-of the-century saloon. For Valentine’s Day, Pourhouse is offering a special dinner featuring meals for two to share, which includes:
Steamed Mussels and Spicy Chorizo in a Whitebark Ale broth, served with grilled bread
Cornish Game Hen for two with brioche stuffing, vegetable mash and hen jus
Lemon Tart with meringue and blueberries
Visit here to view Pourhouse’s menu.
Secret Location Tasting Room
1 Water Street
For a stylish and luxurious Valentine’s night, visit Secret Location’s Tasting Room, offering beautiful composed, modern food creations that are a truly work of art. This ultra-chic restaurant is offering a special Red Tasting Menu with Red Cuisine. Call 604-685-0090 or email email@example.com to book your reservations.
Water Street Cafe
300 Water Street
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For a classic choice, celebrate your Valentine’s Day at Water Street Café and enjoy a beautiful view of the historic Steam Clock. The 25-year-old Gastown establishment excels at providing a quality dining experience with great service and West Coast-Italian dishes that will hit all the right notes. Visit here to view Water Street Café’s dinner menu.
For more dining options, check out Gastown’s Picks: Where to Dine on Valentine’s Day (Part 2)