In the heart of tony South Granville Street near the old-moneyed Shaughnessy neighborhood—that’s where you’ll find this lovely little modern restaurant. It’s a beautiful room, with a temperature-controlled “wall of wine,” a cherry wood bar where one of the city’s best bartenders, David Wolowidnyk, presides, sleek Mario Bellini-designed leather chairs, and unique works of art, including a Werner Forster installation that floats under the ceiling and a row of somewhat phallic-looking glass sculptures atop the wall that divides entrance from dining room. In the kitchen, the supremely talented Quang Dang is cooking up fresh, local fare with innovative flair: sherry-glazed chicken, herb-butter-roasted ling cod, bison short rib braised overnight. Everything is beautifully plated, and flavors perfectly balanced. West has always combined French culinary traditions with subtle Asian flavors, so you can expect that salty-sweet-sour-hot balance here. West also features one of the city’s top sommeliers—Owen Knowlton, named Vancouver International Wine Festival’s sommelier of the year in 2011—so there is an exceptional selection of vintages to go with your meal.
2881 Granville St
Our Rating Neighborhood The West Side Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, Sat–Sun 10:30am–2:30pm, daily 5:30–11pm Phone 604/738-8938 Prices Main courses C$19–C$28 lunch, C$29–C$49 dinner, tasting menus C$68–C$95 Cuisine Type West Coast Web site West Other Reservations recommended