Dine Out Vancouver – Show Case

The Most Expensive Wine Pairing Yet


Last night, Sarah and I went to Show Case restaurant for our fourth Dine Out Vancouver dinner. The Show Case restaurant is located inside the really swank Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle hotel. Most hotel restaurants are nothing more than an overpriced Denny’s but Show Case, along with three other hotel restaurants I’ve dined at, are exceptions to the rule. The restaurant served up a very nice west coast menu with the most expensive wine pairing yet – $30 on top of the $35 Dine Out price.

The Show Case restaurant is as impressive as the hotel that houses it. The ceiling looks to be 3 to 4 floors high. It creates an immense sense of space, yet it’s interment at the same time. We were seated next to a floor to ceiling window with a nice view of the Shaw Tower across the street.

Dungeness Crab and Corn Ravioli


This was Sarah’s starter – Dungeness crab and corn ravioli with smoked Chorizo butter sauce and caramelized Gala apples. This was a very interesting opening dish for a west coast restaurant. The ravioli was nice and firm and I can really taste the crab but not much else.

Butter Lettuce Wedge


Take a wedge of iceberg lettuce, add crumbled Montrachet goat cheese, pickled beets, a pork crackling vinaigrette and you’ll have the salad Show Case made for my opening course. It was paired with a glass of Brut sparking wine. The salad was refreshing and made for a good opener but the wine didn’t match very well with it.

Twice Beef


Take 2 types of beef, braised one and grilled the other, and you’ll have Twice Beef. My main course was served with roasted Cippolini onions, Tyroler bacon and potato hash. It is as west coast as you are going to get.

The taste and tenderness of the beef was exceptional. Sarah felt the potato hash was overdone and burnt. We both agreed the Cippolini onions really added a nice complimenting flavor to the beef. The dish was paired with a glass of Pinot Noir from Tinhorn Creek, a nice red that went quite well with the dish.

Seared Monkfish Medallions


As good as the beef was, the fish was better. This is the second time I preferred a fish dish to the meat dish. The Monkfish was served with lobster mashed potato, Mandarin infused Demi Glaze and an oven roasted tomato. The fish was every bit as good as the Pesce Del Giorno I had at La Terrazza.

Warm Churro Pillows


A dessert doesn’t get sweeter than this dish. There’s enough sugar, chocolate and espresso cream here to kill someone! It’s a good thing this was my dessert because its sweetness is well beyond anything Sarah can handle. The dessert was paired with a Late Harvest ice wine from Paradise Ranch – a sweet wine for a sweeter dessert.

Meyer Lemon Trio


Lemon Curd Tart, Glazed Lemon Chibouste and Lemon Ice Cream. Sarah loved this dessert. I felt it wasn’t sweet enough but that may have been because I just finished the sugar dusked Warm Churro Pillows.

A few things come to mind when reviewing Show Case. It is a nice restaurant that would make a good place to take a girl on a date (remember, you’re in a hotel with some really nice rooms). The food is very good and the service was excellent. The wine pairing was a rip-off. La Terrazza did a better wine pairing at less than half the price. The wines chosen were off for the first dish, good for the second and OK for the third. I expect much better for $30 for three glasses of wine. Overall, I give Show Case 3.5 out of five stars.

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22 thoughts on “Dine Out Vancouver – Show Case”

  1. That all looks delicious to me, i think its lunch time.

  2. Ryan says:

    The food doesn’t look as good as the others you’ve reviewed, but I love how that small glass of wine has you mesmerised.

  3. Alex Becker says:

    I really like places with a high ceiling. You should give them an extra .5 just for that.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      What makes you think he didn’t already?

  4. Marc says:

    The presentation is a bit more creative than the other places, but I will agree that it doesn’t look as apetizing as some of the mout watering dishes you’ve presented in the past.

    Wine’s tough because unless it was really bad, it could just be a matter of taste. I find the wines I like and dislike all on the same shelves in the same price ranges. It’s just a matter of taste after a while.

    1. Marc says:


      Sigh… I need to get Firefox 2 for this computer so it can catch my spelling mistakes…

  5. Jane says:

    Haha..looks like you had one too many wine glasses on that first picture John. All in good taste 🙂

  6. Ali says:

    John I think you should become a food critic and start another food critic blog.

    Although I think restaurants might ban you if you give them a bad review.

  7. Leftblank says:

    Thanks John, now I’ve got to get some food again 😉

  8. Heywood says:

    Let’s see some killer mexican!

    funny how this blog is actually one of the best blogs for food reviews, and yet, it isn’t a “food blog”

    John you’ve got the skills!

  9. Brendan says:

    There is a spelling error where you wrote about the wine pair being a rip off. Wiring=Wining?

  10. Daniel says:

    Sorry to be mundane, but how much did you pay for the entire dinner?

    1. John Chow says:

      $125.00 with tip plus $5.00 for parking. For two people.

  11. tbd says:

    Let me ask you this, John. When you order these dishes, are you able to pronounce these names correctly? I usually find that I can’t pronounce these names, so I just say: “I would like number 2 and 3, please.”

    Is that what you do or do you try to pronounce it but butcher it along the way?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, I don’t pronounce the entire name. I pick out one word I can pronounce and just say that. 🙂

  12. Dude, what is up with all the food posts/photos?


    1. John Chow says:

      I want to make you hungry.

      1. Dru says:

        “I want to make you hungry.”

        Mission accomplished.

      2. Mission accomplished.
        I think also that a lot of people don’t understand how difficult it is to take snapshots of food. Especially digital snapshots. There’s a graying effect, but if you do something to remove that, then you’ve engineered the presentation. So then, do you admit it or not?
        I, for one, took that intense gaze as intended for your dining partner, and it made me think “lucky her” generically, because people don’t focus so well on others these days.

      3. Funny. 🙂

        Actually, I have to tell you that most of the shots kind of gross me out. Maybe they’re being taken from too close up or need some context or something. One of the shots above looks like gore from a horror movie to me.

        Although I’m sure it was tasty. 🙂


  13. derrich says:

    Those Monkfish medallions look magically delicious.

  14. so, out of all the dine out places you went to..which would you recommend..for a nice night out?

    Hubs and I need a date night.

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