La Quercia offers a casual setting, with professional service and exceptional Italian dishes. Focusing primarily on Italian wines, La Quercia provides a unique list to complement an always evolving menu. Ingredients are sourced locally and organic where possible for our daily fresh sheet. A mix of traditional and contemporary plates prepared with precise technique, presented simply are the base of our kitchen.
Having read the favourable reviews, I decided to give this place a try, despite its menu's not looking too attractive to me.
Boy, am I glad I did. Everything from the bread (very fresh and soft, accompanied by extremely flavourful olive oil) to the dessert was outstanding. Just the Amuse-bouche alone was impressive enough, both in terms of presentation and flavour. It certainly wetted my appetite for what followed. My appetizer was the quail. It was very hot (i.e., fresh off the oven). The outside was crispy, yet the inside was soft, tender, juicy, and very flavourful. The accompanying salad matched its flavour very well. My main course was rabbit. Both texture and flavour were outstanding. After that, I already felt quite full and was going to skip dessert, but decided that, given everything that had gone on before, I would really be remiss if I didn't try their dessert, so I went for the waiter's recommendation -- lemon cream. Again, the item name didn't sound that attractive to me, and I would not have ordered it had the waiter not recommended it highly, but one mouthful and I was convinced. It was incredible. Rarely have I tasted a dessert that is so memorable.
The bill came to just over $50, and I thought that was pretty good value for what I got.
This restaurant has now become a new favourite of mine.
I read about this place in a magazine so I decided I had to take the wife here to try it out. She booked a reso for us (this place is very busy) When entering is seemed very small & crammed. We were seated at a 2 seater table stuck in between two groups. Our elbows were practically touching the people beside us & we were basically involved in their conversations.. It wasn't the most comfortable seating situation (this is my only complaint) but if you can look past this you are in for an excellent meal.
This place is very unique, there was a chalk board with the weekly menu written on it, no menu's. The waitress then went over every item on the list in detail & asked if we had any allergies. We chose to have the tasting menu so they picked what items we were going to get, yes they picked.. & the sharing plates started coming out one at a time. It was about 5 courses I believe & the food was all excellent! I remember the buffalo mozzarella & beat salad, veal stuffed ravioli & a polenta gnocci. Overall the food was Excellent, the service was very professional. The place wasn't the most comfortable. The price was high but it's fine dining so it should be. I al looking forward to returning here for another try.
A cute little restaurant at the tail end of W 4th. Very lovely, Very cozy, loved the specials blackboard and the whole ambiance of this place. The first time we went here was for my birthday last year and I think we ordered a few things off of their specials menu - rabbit, duck, and something else, I don't remember the actual names. But I do recall everything was fresh, delicious and left us wanting to eat more. Food was good sized, plated nicely and we were amazed at the combination of flavors, textures and taste. The chef did a great job. Highly recommended. Book ahead early, because this tiny restaurant fills up fast!
I've dined here twice. I like it but...space is cramped so unless you are with a group, you will feel uncomfortable if you are only 2 diners sitting next to groups of 4 or 6 as their conversation will certainly drown yours out as the tables have less than foot in between. Food is good especially the family style dining, nice variety, fresh ingredients, a unique experience much like eating at a home of an Italian family but minus the warm and inviting service typical of an Italian family. The service is almost rushed as they try to have you sit, drink and dine within 2 hours. One of the male owners/staff appears abrasive both times we were there and short of flinging the utensils on our table. Its the rushed service that disappoints cuz dinner should be a leisurely thing to be enjoyed, like in Italy where one is never rushed but its Vancouver, tables have to be turned over for profit, but this at a sacrifce of simple good service. I may return again I don't know as I like the food but I really hope they work on their service, even a little.
Made reservations, recommended, on a weekend and tried their $40 tasting menu. The restaurant is located on 4th, almost at Alma. The tasting menu is actually a family type of service where you get large plates meant to share. Started off with some salami and chicken livers on bread - very good. Then a salad made with bread and tomato - nice, grilled sardines - not my fa, thumb print pasta with some greens - very good, gnocchi - very soft and went well with the mushrooms, hangar steak with some salad on top- really tender and tasty and cooked just right. Finished off with some chocolate mousse type of desert and a soft lemon type of dessert. Very good overall and service was great. Small place so it's quite close quarters but very nice.
I came here with my girlfriend for dinner.
We ordered the 70.00 tasting menu. 70.00 / person. we spent another additional 60 on entrees and remainder on wine. bill came to close to around 320 with tip for sat night dinner.
This menu is not set as it usually depends on the chef's inspirations of the day plus available ingredients.
Now, I've eaten at quite a bit of italian restaurants all around north america, including my city of vancouver. this place is solid, but by no means is it excellent overall.
i will give you the pros and cons now.
pros = good quality ingredients, solid attentive service, above average cooking technique
cons = very small portions, expensive, price does not justify the overall cuisine in the end
now, this place aims to impress, but it falls short of its impression when you factor in the prices they charge you.
it does get pretentious at times because if you're going to spend over 300.00 on a meal or more, you better be well fed and also get great dishes.
their appetizer was great but what really fell short for us were the - surprise - pastas and main entrees.
unfortunately, the pastas here are quite boring. taste is good, but overall, nothing creative nor is there a lasting wow factor that makes you think they deserve to charge you such pricing for - at best when compared to some other great italian restaurants - mediocre entrees and pastas.
after the tasting 11 course order, we had to order additional items because we were still hungry.
all the food combined, for 2 adults, i'd say doesn't even add up to 2 pounds and the ingredients used were not even expensive ingredients, but common ingredients.
this is why i felt slightly ripped off despite them showing solid, classic cooking techniques.
i understand maybe where it's located, it can be expensive to set up shop, but unfortunately, if they plan to go high end, they better go all out, and not half baked or else real high end customers and patrons who have actually eaten at michelin star restaurants or so forth, will feel empty in the end.
of course, in the end, this place deserves a second chance. maybe it was just the random, unknown choices from the tasting menu selected by the chef that just simply did not match our overall expectations or i don't know.
for what i got and the bill, i felt the pricing would have been more in perspective if it was 25-30% lower.
i plan to come back to them in the future of course. they're a great place to eat. i just hope they will keep up with their own pricing when it comes to presentation, cuisine skill and overall value.
We came here on the friday before thanksgiving as we've heard they have a tasting menu that was delicious. We made a reservation and we sat among the other diners along the bench. We were a party of 2. I don't mind this type of dining, it was very enjoyable, yes are are very close to the table next to you but funny enough you don't hear anything coming from either side. What your hear is a dull chatter of other diners and the your own conversation, I figure that everyone else is invloved with their own dining expererince that you don't bother listening in on anyways elses.
The room is elegant and clean and very comfortable. We were given the daily offerings by the server and decided in the end to go for the 5 course tasting menu, it was fantastic - the flavours and the variety along with the talent that is showcased on the plate makes for a lovely experience - we ordered a lovely wine from their list, I believe it was called the Luiano, it was a perfect choice to take us through our meal. We enjoyed a charcuterie plate, a carpaccio, 2 pastas courses, a savory custard, a hangar steak and the dessert. The portions were perfect to share and were all delicious - my only complaint was that the pastas didn't come out hot - more warm - but tasty. We dined from 615 until about 815pm and in no way felt rushed to leave. The other diners around us all seemed to be enjoying their meals aswell. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I will definalty be going back, a real treat and a pleasure to have in the neighborhood. If you're looking for great Italian try it.
My bf and I came here for dinner last night and had the $40 chef's creations menu. The first thing that came out was a ravioli soup in beef broth, it tasted alright. Next we had the mediterranean seabass that was nicely cooked with skin still crunchy yet the meat still moist. We both love the seabass cuz it is very full flavoured yet it has a very nice texture. Next, we had trout which was cooked in the same way as the seabass and though we both enjoyed it, but we were expecting a different cooking method. For the pasta, we had veal ravioli, which was pretty good, it was cooked al dente and the pasta was made to order. Then we had the two desserts, which were the lemon cream with rhubarb and the prune cake. The lemon cream was pretty good, a touch too sour for my bf. The prune cake was a little too bland in flavour, maybe cuz we had it after the lemon cream. The service in this restaurant was awesome. They did not even show that they were getting ready to leave when we were the only table in the restaurant at around 11pm. The portion was also good, not too much yet not so little maybe cuz we said that the chef should go easy on the pasta.
In general, we both liked this restaurant and will come back to try to $57 menu when we're hungry.
We arrived last nite (thu.) around 8:30. There was no table available, so we went next door for an aperitif. The server came over to the pub next door to let us know our table was ready. That's service.
We had the 6-course meal for $40 - they pretty much ask you what your likes/dislikes are, and do a menu for you.
We ended up with beet salad, eggplant mousse, gnocchi, pasta, cornish hen and dessert. I struggle to find something to complain about - the seasoning was right, the hots were hot, the colds were cold, the service was impeccable.
We asked for a wine recommendation based on the menu, and though it was good, it was not fabulous. The pairing, I mean, not the wine itself. We ended up with a light-bodied Italian red from Piemonte, which paired very nicely with the gnocchi, and ok with the other starter items, but I think a white recommendation would have been better, if not a very light Beaujolais-villages - but that's neither here nor there at this point.
If anything, the dining space is a bit too intimate with the other diners, sort of a la Lumiere. And, there's no space for you to wait if there's no table right away. You pretty much have to go to the pub next door, or wait outside, I guess. Next time, I won't attempt arrival without a reso.
For me, it's been a long time since the combo of competent service and food came together in such a way. I was impressed.
I have been to a few places like this in Northern Italy. Usually on the way up the mountain you find this old house, taverns or even a cave. You walk in the place and tell the family that we would like to be feed and they feed you excactly what they are eating. This place as soon as I walked in reminded of these places. The waiter looks like Conan Obrien and to be honest he was amazing and problay one of the best waiter I have experienced. We ordered a 7 course meal for only $45. As soon as I ate the food I knew the owners were Italian and the food was amazing. I actually give this place a great review with mixed feeling because it such a small place and it takes up to 2 weeks to find any space. So the more good reviews the harder it will be for me to eat there.
Perfect Northern Italian food done without any compromise. Even the espresso was perfect. Ill be back!!
My friend and I had a fine meal. We had the 50$ tasting menu, and everything served was good. There was plenty to eat. The bread and olive oil which accompanied the meal was top quality. The highlights for me were the cheese soufflé; the simple tomato salad, which was a testament to the greatest chef on Earth - Mother Nature; the sorrel mayonnaise, which came as a dip for the fritto misto; and the cheese ravioli, light and billowy, but full of flavour. Two minor issues - I found the chalkboard with the daily specials on it to be cursively messy and full of hard-to-fathom detail. I suggest keeping it basic, and giving each dish its own space rather than cramming everything together. The host can go into detail more for each table if required. Or, have printed daily menus for the customer to peruse in easy-to-read font; then, all the details of each dish would be a fun read rather than a craning-your-neck chore. The other issue was, I don't eat pork, and told the host this, yet I was served pork. This was not serious for me personally, but it could have been with another customer. If special dietary restrictions can't be accommodated, please let the customer know. I expect that it was an oversight, and I didn't mind as I'm not black and white about my diet. I ate it as I don't like to waste food, and it was superb just like everything else. Overall, a top-notch meal, with attentive, enthusiastic service. Highly recommended.
I was taken here by my friends for a late birthday celebration. We opted for the 5 course family style dinner with the chef choice of courses. We did request the lemon dessert since others who have been here recommend it.
I am sure there were more than 5 course, not including the dessert but I am not complaining.
All courses we had were very tasty and there was more than enough food. My only complaint was that the rabbit meat with the gnocchi was kind of soft (I don't like eating thumper, but my friends liked it)
The dessert platter we had was excellent and the americano coffees were done right.
The service was good- don't know how she managed to serve without knocking things over was amazing. The restaurant is kind of tight on space between the tables. This seems to be a trend among the new restaurants in town. So don't expect to not overhear others conversations.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you can get in. They do observe the 2 hour dining limit, so be warned, they will ask you to go if you overstay your time period.
We just recently discovered this little gem of a neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Point Grey. The simply decorated room, though small with only 30 or seats, has a cozy feel. The open kitchen is just visible behind the bar but doesn't intrude with the clanging pots or smoky interruptions common to so many other open kitchens. The printed menu is short but there are many special items on the blackboard. Our server was able to explain all of the many dishes in great detail. We shared a number of pastas and main dishes that reminded us of wonderful meals we have had in Piedmont and the Veneto. Everything was perfectly cooked and simply yet beautifully presented, just as you would find in Italy.
When the best part of your meal was dessert and the wine, it begs the question: what's wrong with this picture?
Our waiter was good, attentive and polite. No negatives on that side of the house. But, it's cramped seating and a noisy ambiance. If that's your thing, then you're in the right place. We ordered different pasta dishes. One was acceptable but not great, the other somewhat warmly mediocre. The main courses ordered were pork chops and lamb. The pork chops were good and the just plain lamb tough. We had wine with our meals as well as dessert. The dinner was not worth the price. All I can advise is to shop around town for a better, more consistent Italian restaurant.
Came here for dinner with my husband recently for a second time after our first visit a number of years ago when the restaurant first opened. For our first experience we ordered a la carte but this time we decided to go with the seven course dinner for $45 per person. We shared a nice bottle of Italian red which, at $60.00, was one of the more inexpensive ones on the list. Our server explained to us that by ordering the seven courses we were essentially agreeing to give full reign to the chef as the courses they prepare vary from table to table and they basically pick and choose what they send out. We let our server know about a couple of our dietary restrictions/aversions and the kitchen accommodated those so we were happy. Overall, the food was excellent and each course was timed perfectly. While the portions were generally pretty good we both found the two pasta courses to be on the small side. The ravioli dish was particularly sparse with only about five or six pasta shells for each plate. The standouts were the parmesan souffle appetizer, the pork belly and scallops, and the lamb entree. Dessert - a lemon creme with fresh peaches - was out of this world and our coffees following dinner were also excellent. By the end of the meal we were both full but not uncomfortably so. The service was good. We had booked a reservation two weeks in advance and when we arrived our table was ready for us. I could see the potential for inconvenience had our table not been ready as the room is very small and there is no place to wait within the dining room. We did notice the new addition of a wine bar next door, however, which is a good idea since it likely helps to accommodate overflow. All told, our bill with tip came to $200. The food was excellent, the service very good, the ambiance nice but a bit too cozy and the price a touch too high for our tastes. We live in the neighbourhood and will likely go back at a later date but only for a special occasion.
I was really looking forward to eating here and was really disappointed. Our server was unfriendly and borderline snotty and not very helpful on both wine and food. We chose the prix fixe menu where the kitchen cooks whatever's on the fresh sheet. You can tell the server a couple of your preferences and dislikes, and the kitchen does the rest.
The pate and puffed pastry appy were pretty good, nothing outstanding, but the 3rd appy which was a terrine of onions/squash and onion/sole was quite vinegary and tart. We told the server that in a nice way, since she asked how we liked our food, and she just made a face. If you don't care to know, why ask?
The pasta with pork and chilies was pretty good, but the eggplant parmigiana was mushy, overcooked, not very flavourful and overly rich. The variety of desserts was ok, with the apple pie being a standout, except for one that tasted like spongy fruitcake. All in all, food was average (or below average for some dishes) for this type of restaurant. Would not go back. Ambiance is nice though.
I went to La Quercia last night with a friend and was completely blown away by the amazing food, value, and setting. This is in my mind, a 'perfect restaurant'. We ordered the $40pp set menu and it was an extremely great value - I would highly recommend it. For $40 we had two appetizers - an eggplant souffle and calamari angel hair pie. Bothwere delicious. Then, we had two pastas - the first was a saffron linguine with tender scallops, and the second was a rotini was bacon/pork cheeks and a goat ricotta. The pasta was house made, had a lovely texture, and made a lasting impression. For the fifth course we a flat iron steak dish with an arugula salid. It was huge, generous, and cooked to perfection. For the final and 6th course, we had a trio of desserts - a olive oil cake w/ creme fraiche, a pine nut pie, and something a pistachio semi frido with rhubarb. Fabulous!!! We also shared a lovley 1/2 litre of house wine for only 11 dollars. My only regret is that I should have left a bigger tip instead of the standard, but I hope this review will serve as a thank you - I will be back.
Went to La Quercia for a dinner on a late wednesday night and was surprised to see the restaurant full of patrons. Reservations are a definite must since this place seems to be busy. The servers were friendly, charming and courteous. The items on the blackboard above the kitchen serving area was a bit dim and difficult to read in the current lighting setup. Furthermore, i found it a little bit trying to hear my partner during our dinner as conversations from the other patrons seemed to bounce around quite a bit. The food was served quickly on warmed plates and was quite tasty. The pasta appears to be made in-house (which is expected of an italian restaurant) with just the right about of sauce. Overall, I had a great dining experience and would like to come back with a larger group of people to try a bit of everything on the menu.
We have only been once. It is incredibly hard to get reservations and you have to know you want to go there many days in advance. (Not our best thing all that planning ahead-how on earth do I know I want to eat there so far ahead of time?) Finally after several attempts we get a reservation for 4 at 6:30 for a Friday night. We were told we had to be out within 2 hours though which I don't appreciate hearing from a restaurant. When we are dining with friends we want to be leisurely and enjoy the process and get caught up with each other. They could change that aspect-don't accept a reservation and tell someone they have to get out-if you can't accomdate then don't take the reservation.
The food was good, everyone very much enjoyed what they had and we all had different dishes. The wine list is okay, but not too exciting; I did manage to find something that paired well with my pasta but the choices are limited.
The service was pretty good as well-not excellent but fine. Two of us wanted to try the "family style" but they said the whole table had to have that or we couldn't. No idea why though-why not accomodate what your guests want?
The room is very small and they have crammed the tables in so tightly that you can't really have a private conversation-you inevitably have to hear what is happening right next to you. They might consider removing some of the tables and making it a little nicer atmosphere. The tables are small so 4 people at one made it pretty tight for the plates as things arrived.
I was there with a group recently and I was excited to try the Chef's menu since the last I went when they first opened was so terrific.
It was unfortunate that some of the people we were with were not open to trying new things and told our server that they didn't want anything too 'out of the ordinary' (veal, rabbit, lamb etc) which basically meant we did not get any meat dishes to try. What we did have was terrific but I was disappointed that we were not given any meat entrées but that is not the restaurant's fault.
We had some wonderful starters of Halibut fish cakes, prosciutto with melon, burrata with heirloom tomatoes/bread, salmon tar tare, 2 wonderful pastas and our main was perfectly cooked Halibut with green beans.
The lemon cream with blueberries was to die for and I would have licked the plate if I could. This was the second dessert we were given as the first one (cannelloni with cheese filling and bunet were both big fails). The cannelloni shells had a weird after taste similar to being fried in old / overused oil so wasn't great at all. The brunet was bitter and did not have richness. The texture was also a bit off-putting.
I am looking forward to going back and next time will be trying everything.