A friend I hadn't seen in a while met me at Hawksworth for dinner last night.The reason there are no photos or lengthy descriptions of the dishes is because we were too busy catching up. One thing we did discuss and agree on was that our food was excellent and the service top notch. She wanted to do the tasting menu with wine pairings. There was only one option so when I asked the server if they had a vegetarian tasting menu, he said that if I gave him a few moments that they would put one together for me. I told him I did eat seafood so the kitchen did a seafood one and paired wines according to my dishes. All of this was done on the spot which i found very impressive. To start, I had yellowfin tuna carpaccio which was served on a bed of avocado, cucumber, yuzu and puffed rice. The texture of the crunch with the creaminess was unreal and the dish itself was amazingly good. That was followed with a seared weathervane scallop surrounded by a creamy buttery sauce full of mushrooms. It was delicious. We then decided to order some bread to mop up the yummy sauces in our dishes because they were so good we didn't want to leave anything behind. Halibut was next and came with a mixture of artichokes, tomato, and basil. We both had this dish, except hers had chorizo. My last dish was pan seared trout that came with potato, green beans, and olives in a brown butter sauce: delicious as well. For dessert, we had something called kalamanzi creme. This was a deconstructed desert that had little meringues, a disk of what I gather is the kalamanzi creme?, almond paste, I think, a whipped mound of goodness that was lime flavoured, and crunchy little puffy things (I don't remember what it was-what kind of poster am?:). Anyhow the mixture of all of these textures and flavours combined was a flavour explosion. I am usually a chocolate tart/cake person whenever I pick my own dessert so was lucky that it was part of the tasting menu that I got to try this incredible dessert. All of the wine pairings went excellently with our entrees.
The food was interesting, the flavours, excellent, and the textures perfect. The actual restaurant was beautiful and mostly everyone was dressed up. It was very different from the usual casual dress seen in all of Vancouver's restaurants. I even saw a few women wearing floor length gowns! I enjoyed the opulence of it because the food and service was so spectacular and went quite well with the setting. My only complaints the entire evening would be that there is only one bathroom designated just for females so there was a line up both times I went. And the front desk/host staff were a little flustered when I first showed up which was not a big deal. I had a chance to have a drink in the lounge while I waited for my friend but felt a bit awkward not being seated right away because I was standing alone at a seatless hightop as all the bar seats and other seating areas were already occupied.
Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant as the new finest of dining option for special occasions. Lumiere used to have this type of designation when Rob Feenie was at the helm but I definitely think the food is at a much higher level at Hawksworth than anything I ever had at Lumiere (and I did like Lumiere). My friend and I cannot wait until the next time we decide to splurge and catch up so that we can eat here again.
2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA
2563W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA