Since 2002, it has been a tradition for Vancouverites to venture out from their abodes and set foot in restaurants across the Lower Mainland. “What might be so enticing?”, you ask? Dine Out Vancouver, of course! For those of you readers who have not heard of this event, it is undoubtedly the ultimate adventure for foodies and casual diners alike. Hosted by Tourism Vancouver, the list of restaurants who have been participating over the years continue to snowball as they are challenged to present an array of culinary delights in reasonable and enticing set menus. Although some diners prefer their order a-la-carte, Dine Out provides an opportunity for you to get the most value through a set menu of entrées, mains, and desserts. Believe it or not, this year brings together more than 200 restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and more as they collaborate in this exciting endeavour!
Dine With Coquille
As Vancouver’s fastest growing seafood restaurant and one of the best in Gastown, our friends over at Coquille are taking part in Dine Out for the first time this year! Their nautical-inspired restaurant will be welcoming diners throughout the day by offering two menu options – one for lunch, the other for dinner. If you have a hungering for seafood and shellfishes, this is an opportunity you do not want to pass on!
Their lunch menu is priced at a reasonable $35 and features options such as oysters, ceviches, and octopus; but for a more exquisite experience, visit during the dinner hours and try their $45 set menu – an elaborate dance of the ocean’s harvest. For a complete list of what is featured on their menus alongside the wine pairings their connoisseurs have created, visit their Dine Out listing HERE.
Romance At L’Abattoir
There is nothing more romantic about Vancouver than dining in the heart of historic Gastown over a candlelit dinner in a 19th century building. This is what you would come to expect in one of Vancouver’s top restaurants – L’Abattoir.
Also taking part in Dine Out this year, this restaurant features only a dinner menu, but priced at a very reasonable $45. Perhaps you will start your meal off with an albacore tuna crudo, or a warm terrine of smoked pork jowl before moving over to the lamb sirloin main course. Whatever tickles your taste buds – surf, turf, or vegetarian – the experience at L’Abattoir is sure to satisfy all your dining needs. Each dish from appetizers to dessert will also have a proper wine pairing, so be sure to ask your servers about it! For a complete view of their menu, click HERE.
Regardless of where you choose to dine, I am a huge fan of Dine Out Vancouver and definitely look forward to it every year. Since it was first introduced to this city, the list of participants has grown. The only hard part, now, is deciding where to eat and what to order. Good luck making up your mind, my epicurious friends!
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival begins on January 18th to February 3rd, 2019. For event tickets and all other information, visit here.