Dine Out Vancouver – C Restaurant

The C Is For Seafood, Not For Cookie

Our last Dine Out Vancouver experience took us to the award winning C Restaurant. C is owned by Harry Kambolis, the same man who owns Raincity Grill and Nu. C restaurant celebrates Vancouver’s land and sea, and prides itself on sourcing regional food products, some of which come to them exclusively. C’s list of awards is a mile long. They have won Vancouver magazine’s best seafood category year after year and their Executive Chef, Robert Clark, was named Chef of the Year for 2006.

C, along with West and Lumiere, is part of Vancouver’s “Big 3” ultra high-end restaurants. C is located right on the False Creek waterfront, with a fantastic view of Granville Island across the water. To complete your C dinging experience, you may want to grab the water taxi to visit the Granville Island Public Market after dinner.

C Restaurant is famous for their Seared Quebec Foie Gras and Butter Poached Atlantic Lobster. The only problem is, C cannot offer those ingredients at the $35.00 Dine Out Price. What to do? Offer it as a value added supplement! It’s a supplement that I highly recommend. In addition to the three-course $35 menu, a $45 four-course lobster-tasting menu was also available. Sarah went for the lobster menu while her mom and I stuck with the regular menu.

Lobster and Kagan Bay Scallop Tartare


This was Sarah first course. The tartare was served with pear and cider vinegar gastrique. The dish was very small and you can eat it with one bite if you want. It was a very refreshing opener however. The reason for the small size was so the diner can finish it quickly. Once consumed the remaining three courses will match the timing of the three-course $35 menu.

Lobster Bisque


Sarah’s second course was the Lobster Bisque. Wow! This was the best bisque I have ever tried. The bisque was made with salmon gravlax, bay laurel foam and fennel pollen.

Roasted Trumpet Royale Mushroom Soup


This was Sarah’s mom opening dish; mushroom soup with cured rainbow trout and green apple. It sounds likes a disgusting combination but it works well in real life. Sarah’s mom really enjoyed it.

Seared Quebec Foie Gras


The Foie Gras supplement adds $14.95 to the $35.00 Dine Out Menu but it was worth it. The Foie Gras at C is among the best in the city. The goose liver literally melts in your mouth. It was paired with a glass of NK’Mip Cellars Riesling from 2004.

I remember C Restaurant’s very bold wine pairings. The last time I dined at C, they paired my Foie Gras with an ice wine and served me a red wine with the lobster. This time around, C was not as adventurous. They pretty much stuck to the standard wining pairing formula.

Seared Wild Skeena River Sockeye Salmon


For her main course, Sarah’s mom had the Sockeye salmon with fingerling potatoes, organic leeks, and black truffle syrup. To kick it up a notch, she ordered it with fresh black truffle ($6.95 supplement). You don’t get too much truffle for $6.95 but it does add to the flavor of the fish.

Butter Poached Atlantic Lobster


Sarah’s main course was C’s signature dish. The lobster was served with beef short rib risotto cake, squash, and thyme pinot noir butter. It is unlike any lobster you have ever tasted. This was truly a fantastic dish.

Grilled AAA Beef Striploin


The reason my main course looks so big is because I added braised beef short rib and butter braised lobster to it (add another $17.90 to the bill). This combination is a fest fit for a king! You have everything here; succulent lobster, the tenderest beef, and mouth-watering short rib. What could make it better? How about a perfectly paired 2003 NK’Mip Qwmt Meritage? If I died at that moment, I would have died a happy man.

Passion Fruit Tart


Sarah’s mom had the Passion Fruit Tart for her dessert. It was made with a blood orange reduction. She liked it and said it was very sweet.

Creme Brulee


Sarah’s dessert was the Creme Brulee. This brulee was the same brulee she had at Raincity Grill. That’s not surprising since both restaurant are owned by the same owner.

Chocolate and Caramel Macaroons


I love the presentation on my dessert, the chocolate and caramel macaroons with orange and raspberry couli. C served it with a Jackson Triggs Riesling Icewine for a perfect dessert and wine pairing.

Because of all the additional supplements, dinner for three came in at $210 with tips and one wine pairing. That is extremely reasonable for a restaurant of C’s caliber. The last time I dined there, I spent $450 for two. However, as a Dine Out Vancouver special, it was the most expensive restaurant of them all. Still, it was well worth it. Overall, I give C Restaurant 4.5 out of five stars.

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27 thoughts on “Dine Out Vancouver – C Restaurant”

  1. Shawn Knight says:

    Lobster Bisque — the first thing I have seen on your Dine Out posts that I have tried before. Sampled it at a high end restaurant in Malibu, CA… not too bad actually 🙂

  2. JoseNet says:

    Wow my mouth is melting, that food looks so good, is there a restaurant like that in seattle?

  3. David says:

    mmmm….Looks Delicious….I’ll have to take a trip there, I haven’t been yet.

  4. JosefVirek says:

    The Lobster and Kagan Bay Scallop Tartare looks yummy. 🙂 I don’t know about the Mushroom soup though.

  5. mmmmmm….yummy in my tummy.

  6. Carl says:

    Do you not get a little embarrassed for taking dozens of pictures throughout dinner? You’re at one of the top 3 restaurants in Vancouver, probably one of the top restaurants in the country, and you’re possibly disturbing other customers with the flash… I know if I was there trying to have a romantic dinner and saw flash going off every 10 minutes or whatever, I’d be pretty annoyed 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      Well, you would have been pretty annoyed because I wasn’t the only table doing it. LOL

      I have asked the restaurant managers about this and they say it happens all the time. If they’re not taking pics of the food, they’re taking pics of themselves in the restaurant.

      1. Carl says:

        Yeah, I have noticed during Dine Out that a lot of people take pics of their food. I guess so they can keep the memory forever of having a $100 meal for $25!

  7. TDave says:


    Your blog is great, but the posts about food and your 4000th batch of reviews is getting old. That’s all I ever see lately.

    1. John Chow says:

      This is the last of the Dine Out restaurants, so you may not be seeing a restaurant review for a while. I got a cool article planned for tomorrow. 🙂

  8. This is the first restaurant you have reviewed that would probably get me to Vancouver, although there are many other reasons to go there. It looks better than good to eat.
    If I were back in Maine, where I was born, I would eat all those lobsters and you left coasters wouldn’t get them. Here, a single frozen Maine lobster can be had on sale for US$39.00. And we know what freezing does to whole lobsters. I am green with envy.
    I predict that the manufacturers will be forced to produce an available-light digital camera for all these snapshot diners.

  9. Michael Kwan says:

    I have only been to C Restaurant once (I think it was last year’s DOV) and it was a great experience. Exceptionally good food, I must say. That’s why I was pretty surprised when that post on Stephen Fung’s blog bashing the place.

  10. That mushroom soup looks definitely yummy. Great affordable pricing too.

  11. Kai says:

    Looks like it was a delectable meal. We buy NK’Mip wines whenever we get the chance – I love to see First Nation’s people flourishing off their land. They have a band owned RV Park alongside the winery as well, so you don’t have to drink and drive!

  12. Geoff Marcy says:


    This is so funny because my girlfriend does the EXACT same thing whenever we go to nice restaurants. We used to live in Vancouver and we a folder on our computer with every city’s high end resturant menu. Next time you are in Toronto (where I live now), I recommend these 4 romantic (and high end) restaurants: Susur (best chef), Canoe (unique blends of food + spectular view of downtown from above), CourtHouse (historic landmark + excellent service), Rain (asian fusion, great atmosphere & interior design)

    1. John Chow says:

      I am going to Toronto in April. Susur and Rain are on my list. I will check out the other two as well. Thanks!

  13. Nomar says:

    It really looks good !! Great

  14. Are you getting comped food by these restaurants for writing reviews for them?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, but because I write about it, the meal becomes tax deductible. 🙂

  15. propstm says:

    John, I really need to stop reading your dining reviews before lunch. They always make me so hungry!

  16. John I like your blog but I must tell you I don’t like your food pictures – they are bad, really bad 🙂

    I don’t know why but every time I look at your food pictures the food makes me sick.

    You should not use the flash and try not to make the pictures so macro.

    Just my feedback.

    1. Payton says:

      What do you do when you eat? Close your eyes all the time?

  17. Joanne says:

    These food posts are so lame and annoying on a tech blog. Who gives a damn.

    You must have decided for some reason that you want to start ranking for food searches ?? OK then, but keep that boring crap off these pages – go start a different site.


  18. Only $210? I’m amazed you didn’t write about another dine out experience that costs a grand. Most people are just lucky to eat at their local cafe for lunch for under 10 bucks.

  19. Eli says:

    They’re pretty artsy with their food aren’t they 🙂

  20. Tyler Ingram says:

    I thought that John and Stephen did such a good job with their Dine Out Vancouver review that I would try and write my own about an experience I had:


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