I'm turning the big 4-0 next month and will be traveling to Vancouver from Washington State with a group of friends (total party: 15) to celebrate this milestone. My birthday dinner will occur in late August.
I made a reservation and placed a deposit at Tuc based on one or two positive Chowhound mentions. However, Tuc is limiting me to a set menu that is quite heavy and comfort food simply doesn't sound appetizing for a summer meal. Because my husband and I will be footing the bill--which is an extravagance for us--I want our dinner to be really great. With that as well as my concerns about the menu in mind, I am having serious doubts about Tuc and want to find another restaurant (or nice pub) to host my party.
Ideally, this casual restaurant (or even nice pub) would be locally sourced or at least in tune have a menu that's in tune with the season. To accommodate the non-meat-eaters in our group, the restaurant should offer some good veg/fish options. Personally, I really like farm-to-table restaurants that experiment with fresh flavors and combos (such as Sitka & Spruce in Seattle). One of my favorite places (in Vancouver or otherwise) is La Quercia, but unfortunately it cannot accommodate my party. I've looked at Burdock & Co's menu, which looks spot-on, but am waiting to hear whether it can accommodate a group like ours.
One other issue: because my husband and I are definitely not made of money, we'd like to keep the food costs to no more than $50/person.
Do any of you have any recommendations? Thanks.