Recognized as the jewel in Vancouver’s culinary crown, West Restaurant offers outstanding contemporary regional cuisine and seamless service to help it garnered four consecutive wins as Restaurant of the Year by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
Located at Granville and West 13th Avenue, West makes great use of locally sourced ingredients to present a menu that is fresh, entertaining and true to the region. From the moment you step in until the moment you leave, West will deliver an experience that is second to none. The room is open and luxurious. The walls are lined with marble and leather with huge mirrors so you can see your waiter go up the temperature-controlled wall of wine. The staff is friendly, the service is great and the food is even greater.
Diners at West can choose from a normal three course dinner menu or do what we did and order the eight course tasting menu that will explode every sense in your body. Dinner for four came to $700 with tax, tips and drinks. That should knock some sense back into you!
The Eight Course Tasting Menu
Amuse Bouche. This is a starter dish to prepare the taste bubs for the culinary assault that is about to come. It’s made from tuna and very refreshing.
Tian of Duggeness crab and couscous, smoke tomato gazpacho. Light, refreshing and airy is the best way to describe this dish.
Foie Gras Terrine. I was a bit disappointed that West didn’t make the pear seared Foie Gras as that’s my favorite. As a Terrine, the one at West was among the best I’ve tasted.
Fresh seared Qualicum Bay scallops with buttered lentils and pineau des charentes. This was a stand out dish.
Supreme of spring salmon, petits pois a la francaise and tomato fondue. Perfectly cooked with just the right firmness.
Veal tenderloin and sweetbreads with roasted peaches and mint polenta. The veal was so tender you could cut it with a fork.
A selection of cheeses from Quebec and France. My favorite was the Blue Cheese on the right.
Chocolate praline mille-feuille with espresso cream pistachio chocolate swirl ice cream. This was a great way to end a three hour meal.