Normally, I wouldn’t bother to address chain restaurants, but Cactus Club has two unique things going for it: One of the city’s most illustrious chefs, Rob Feenie, is running the show; and they’ve somehow managed to snag two of the most enviable view locations in the city. (No wonder founder Richard Jaffray won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Vancouver Magazine Awards, the city’s version of the Oscars.) One location is right on the beach, built atop the old 1937 English Bay Bathhouse on Beach Avenue; the other is a new, and breathtakingly beautiful building right next to the Olympic Cauldron and overlooking Coal Harbour. These two locations have a more sophisticated wine list and more extensive menu than the others. In general, the menu is a wide-ranging one, offering everything from burgers to tuna sushi cones to the very sophisticated sablefish with shiitake mushrooms. Several dishes are Feenie’s signatures, including the excellent rocket salad with Parmesan-crusted chicken. Both are beautiful rooms, decorated in a cool contemporary style, and dotted with a mix of First Nations and pop art. If you visit the Coal Harbour location, try to get a seat in the atrium area that overlooks the floatplane terminal and beware that the huge lounge area turns into quite a raucous party in the evenings.
English Bay, 1790 Beach Ave
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Yaletown Hours Daily 11am–midnight Phone 604/620-7410 Prices Main courses C$14–C$31 Cuisine Type Casual/Fusion Web site Cactus Club
MapEnglish Bay, 1790 Beach Ave Vancouver
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