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Dinner & Dancing At Stonegrill

written by John Chow on January 28, 2009

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Stonegrill is a waterfront restaurant located directly under the north side of the Granville Street bridge in downtown Vancouver. The upscale location offers a unique interactive dining experience where meals are served cooking at the table on super-heated natural volcanic stones that are heated to 400°C.

The unique “dry cooking” method, uses no added fats or oils and sears the food without burning. This method also eliminates product shrinkage, taste transfer from cooking compounds and carbonization of the cooking surface. Stonegrill claims their stonegrilling ensures a clean, and completely natural food flavor, not achievable with conventional cooking methods. The result is a freshly grilled, healthy and nutritious meal.

The restaurant is something to behold. The ceiling is a good 18 foot high with an equally tall wall of glass windows offering a spectacular view of False Creek and Granville Island. Unfortunately, the food doesn’t quite match up to the view. This may have more to do with my ability to cook vs. my ability to eat – I definitely eat better than I cook. However, for something to try just because it’s there, Stonegrill is a pretty good choice.

Dinner for five came in at $265 with tax, tips and drinks. That’s quite a bit to pay for cooking my own dinner. Stonegrill is a restaurant and not a club. Dancing is generally not allowed but they made an exception for Sally. Watch the video and you’ll see why.

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Seo Creations January 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Food is looking yummy but I am vegetarian

Ryan McLean January 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I don’t understand how that can look yummy to a vegetarian…?


My wife is a vegetarian and she hates the touch and smell of meat. Lucky there is not smell option online.

Harish January 29, 2009 at 6:02 am

ha ha great joke Ryan. If that option would come into net later then there wont be any one to smell the food prepared in their home ha ha :)

Taris Janitens January 29, 2009 at 7:08 am

Ryan I don’t know what I would do if I married a veg – I love meat way too much hehehe

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:23 am

Lol thats true huh..

ZK@Internet Marketing Blog January 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

Yeah about that cake looking item and that veggie is looking good but that meat is really looking row and that should be cooked more or you shoot the photo when they just delivered.

But Sally was shaking her waist really great with proper hand movement. Is she taking any dance class ?

Money Money Money January 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

I love the dessert, it looks so damn tasty.

*Mouth watering, rushing to kitchen*

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:27 am

Ya man.. Dessert looks really good. Or is it because its posted on john chow?

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:32 am

Well you could take the first salad dish tho..

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

It indeed looks yummy, I am not certainly a vegetarian. I can eat that anytime.

Ryan McLean January 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

That steak looks so uncooked I would vomit if I tried to eat it.
You really do have a taste for epensive cuisine don’t you?

I guess I might get a taste for it when I can afford it. My blog is going way better now. My free ebook giveaway has brought my subscribers over 800.
If I keep going at this rate I will be rich like you in no time

Michael Kwan January 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm

You can cook it however much you’d like. It comes to your table raw and then you slowly cook it over the stone slab.

Michael Kwan January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm

On a side note, rare beef can be very good. That’s what beef tartare and beef sashimi are, essentially.

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:29 am

I like it with egg.. I think its the korean style..

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I hope there is no bacteria living in there since it is not fully cooked .

Reyn Aria January 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Yeah, it’s too raw for my taste as well. I like salmon sashimi, but beef sashimi… I’ll pass.

David at Animal-Kingdom-Workouts January 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I love the Stonegrill restaurant (I live really close to Granville Bridge). I haven’t been for awhile now. Thanks for the reminder that I need to go back soon! The food you had there looks both tasty AND healthy!

- Dave

Akmal January 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Wait a minute…. is that steak cooked… or is it raw??? i don’t understand.!!

John Chow January 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

It’s cooking on the rock.

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:35 am

Hot stone!

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 1:28 am

So now they are saving cook salary as well and with that they are making this awesome.

In many restaurant there are option of Barb Q at your table and you can cook your meat according to your choice. A chef will be there for you to guide you and assit you.

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm

That seems like spend saving to me formthe restaurant, lol. Good marketing I guess, putting you to cook and beside that you paid them,

Michael Kwan January 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Did you go as part of Dine Out? The better deal is to go with the coupon from the Entertainment Book, because it’s buy one, get one free. For four people (two coupons) with drinks, you’d only be looking at $150 or so, give or take.

It’s obvious that Stonegrill sells the sizzle and not the steak. The meat does not warrant the regular price. For another view on the cooking process, you can check out the video I took two years ago. Same thing.

The Bored Ninja January 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

wow that looks like a really cool restaurant

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 7:01 am

Yeah cool with their own style which you wont find anywhere in this world. Uniqueness always pay and this one is the hot example of it.

Its sounding like we are in the old stone age … lollz

Michael Kwan January 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Just watched the video. Sally’s dancing is getting pretty advanced!

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 7:02 am

Yeah she is looking pretty as well … her whole body is moving according to the music and rhythm. Looking very cute … no doubt about it.

Daniel January 28, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Looks so damn good. Especially as I lay at home trying to go to sleep and feeling kind of hungry.

Dario Ganz January 29, 2009 at 12:48 am

Hi John !
We are very happy with our “STONE fireplace”, we are cucking a lot of things in it ad here ( you can see our dream, work in progres and finished !
In North Italy we have a big old tradition for the cucking with ” PIETRA OLLARE ” : also a museum:
Ciao from the Dolomites !

SEO Tips January 29, 2009 at 3:18 am

That place looks amazing! Thats an excellent idea for a resteraunt absolutely excellent, need to figure out if they have one of those in the UK

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 7:09 am

I do not think that they have any branch anywhere in this world. They are unique because they are serving with volcano rock.

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Volcano rock! That is different, I need to vsist that restaurant. Shame I am a .lil too far away. Maybe someday.

Monty - Searching for a web host? January 29, 2009 at 3:23 am

Youtube is acting crazy these days.. It says that the video is no longer available :( But anyways.. I hope you ha fun John :)

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 7:11 am

Just refresh it two or three times and you will be able to see the videos. Definitely You tube is now not able to handle the pressure and hence such kind of message.

Just refresh it and you will be able to see it.

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Yeah I tried that and it works, seems oo mcuh people at the same time trying to use YouTube.

Melissa January 29, 2009 at 4:25 am

I would try the steak cooking on the stone; as long as it actually cooked to at least a medium rare!

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I guess you will need to have those rocks almost melting to cook so high,lol.

revenue January 29, 2009 at 6:18 am

Hmm it looks delicious, i would love to get one here lol ! :)

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

As far as photos is concerned I like only Desserts and want to have it and enjoyed the way they would melt in my mouth.

Mama BoK January 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

Ahhh..!! i missed stone grill .. back in Singapore.. ! we had stonegrill some 12 yrs ago.. at Clarke Quay in Singapore.. can’t remember the name of the waterfront restaurant.. but i did like the novelty then. Not a big deal back home now ..i guess.. :)

Money Is Everywhere January 29, 2009 at 7:12 am

I wish we had a restaurant like that around here…..Sally is getting really good at dancing. Her moves are awesome!

Pheak Tol January 29, 2009 at 8:23 am

nice restaurant, the slice of cake looks good! the raw meat however could look better, but i guess you weren’t done cooking it yet?

always have some nice places to eat, it’s not that much variety around my way tho.

Dan Massicotte January 29, 2009 at 8:29 am

I must say it’s great that you’re from Canada…since all the restaurants you review are places I actually might visit some day. Course that the rate I’m going I’d like get away from the snow too.

Mike B. January 29, 2009 at 8:36 am

Your meals always make my Ramen look like the 35 cent meals they are haha.

Starreporter January 29, 2009 at 9:31 am

The Food are look very nice! Yummi :)

Tyler Cruz January 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

Sally dances just like her dad ;)

Nicholas Chase January 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm


Enjoyed your story about failing at cooking your own meals! Before I was married, my refrigerator featured one carton of expired milk and an unused stick of butter. All meals were ‘eat out only’!

As a successful engineer in Hollywood, the post house I worked for provided meals to clients, producers / directors / actors and the staff. Kept the clients working in the edit bays and the hourly rates of $500.00 to $700.00 hours producing revenue. We had a courdon-bleu trained chef who would make off-hours meals as well as full-course lunch and dinners.

Nice video of Sally dancing, I would put her in the ‘Lobby’ to bring in more guests and barter for a free (!) meal?


Nicholas Chase

100WordRants January 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Based on your descripton, it reminds me of a place I had dinner at once in San Francisco. Nothing is better than huge windows with great views and tasty food! I may have to check this place out if I ever make it up to Vancouver again.

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:36 am

I would.. If I were you

Earn Extra Money Online January 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Who knew Sally was into Techno…they start young nowadays…

Online Business Reviews January 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm

That meat looks nasty!

soares January 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Too much money to cook my one dinner….but a nice time spend with family

reflux January 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm

good places to entertaint special guest….ehm, nyummmi……!

game-girl January 30, 2009 at 12:11 am

I am a vegetarian and can not say I hate meat and don’t bear the way it smells, to say more I can look at it and bless the food on the table .Try to be tolerant to people of all nations,professions,races and tastes.

wisdom January 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm

is that meat actually cooked?

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 7:16 am

Nope this one is not cooked. It will be cooked on a stone which have temperature of 400°C.

Win Free Stuff January 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I’ve heard of these “stone” type of restaurants before, but have never tried it out myself. I must say that your experience must have been great :D


Wii Fit Games January 31, 2009 at 3:21 am

Amazing I love it. Nice video btw she is so cute!

Ben Pei February 1, 2009 at 7:22 am

OMG I love the steak john!!!

Thando - Website Development February 2, 2009 at 1:57 am

Food is looking really great! Now I’m super hungry… Grrr!

game-girl February 3, 2009 at 4:40 am

For today I’d rather order the dessert and dancing to enjoy.

[email protected] February 3, 2009 at 9:09 am

Yeah definitely Sally dance put smile on everyone face whoever saw this video. In fact my family members saw this video and really like Sally.

game-girl February 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Sally is so talented in dancing.Who teaches her dances.She is open and communicate with adults as well.

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Yes she is really cute, who knows maybe someday she will be like her father and will want to make money online too.