This is a restaurant to take your Foodie friends to, not because Chef Dale MacKay won Top Chef Canada, but because the food is excellent and different.
Be prepared to spend some money. The style is small plates, and you need 2 - 3 plates per person. You can't order one plate and a glass of wine and feel as if you have eaten. The plates are served one at a time as courses. So all in for dinner, wine, dessert, tip you are looking at spending $75 per person; $150 for a couple.
Be prepared to share tasting bites. The plates aren't really designed for sharing the way Chinese food is. You have your plate and then try Tasting bites from the other diners. That way you get to try many more of the dishes. The flavors are not blended, there isn't much spice or salt, but sweet notes are often present. The pork belly for example has a sweet apple sauce. You taste each flavor in the dish distinctly. Like a peanut butter sandwich where you taste soft bread, nutty peanut butter, sweet jelly. Each flavor is distinct and the whole is great. The dishes here are like that on an elevated level.
The restaurant is on Thurlow just off Robson, you can get there by Skytrain to Burrand station and then it is a 5 - 10 minute walk. It is jam packed so make reservations or go late after 8:00 p.m to get a table.
The staff is friendly and attentive. This is not the restaurant for a business meeting, or a romantic dinner. Go with people who are into food and who you are comfortable enough with to grab a taste from their plates, order 2 - 3 plates per person, wine and talk about the food. Enjoy!