Dined recently for a birthday dinner. Restaurant is beautiful inside without feeling overly formal or pretentious.
The restaurant area was at 25% capacity with a private party in the adjacent space.
The size of the menu was quite nice, however they could have balanced the amount of entrees and appetizers.
Oysters - Very fresh and enjoyable. What can I say...does anyone ever use all the silly amount of accompaniments that they always bring?
Gnocchi in a simple marinana sauce with mozzarella - very nice texture.Extremely light considering it wasn't a ricotta gnocchi. The sauce was very lively and the portion size was correct.
Salad with pulled duck confit - Yeah it was ok, very uninspired from the greens to the duck and the strange dry sunflower seed. It had a very strange plating too. it was just a tower of greens. Considering there are only 2 salads on the menu and one is a caesar, someone should give their head a shake here.
House-made ravioli with gorgonzola and candied pecan sauce. - I was skeptical about ordering it because of the gorgonzola, but they really showed a lot of finesse in balancing the strong flavour. The pasta was beautifully made and delicate. The plating was simple yet elegant. Top quality dish.
Arctic Char and Crab - The char was cooked and plated beautifully. The Rabe was nicely cooked and flavoruful. The Crab came in a croquette with baked potato and was completely horrible. It was like a bad hush puppie that someone snuck on the plate as a joke. If you're gop
Sometimes less is more. For instance, even a claw in the shell, or removed and butter poached would have really brought this dish up.
Tiramisu : It was tasty albeit a very adult dessert. The liquor was strong and I was drinking a Trad. Martini at the time
Overall, a nice Italian restaurant. You can have a nice meal at a slightly higher price than many restaurants and it won't let you down, although I wouldn't expect to be blown away. Then again, how many places in Vancouver really do that anyway :)?