Showcase is located in the Marriot Pinnalce hotel. The award winning chefs bring international flavor to local ingredients. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
I was out for a business lunch with a couple of colleagues, and they both wanted to try this place. I have never been, but I was told it had a daily curry special. They certainly did. The restaurant was nicely appointed and the staff were all very attentive. The whole place was spotless. We were seated at a nice table and all of us had the beef vindaloo and pineapple soda. It came with rice, chutney, and tiny naan breads.
I found the vindaloo to be a bit too fiery for my taste, but the presentation was awesome. It was also a bit expensive. Luckily I didn't have to buy :). The soda was also quite good.
Recommended for big spenders.
This place is sort of a hidden gem. They're on the ground floor of the Marriott on Thurlow and Hastings, but no one seems to really know about this place unless they work/live in the area.
Great for a business lunch. Service staff are very attentative and the interior is very clean, welcoming, and relaxing/comforting.
The food is also very solid. For those who do know of this place, they are known for their curry dishes. The curry comes very quickly because its so popular. My personal favorite is Showcase's butter chicken. It's definitely a different take on the traditional butter chicken (a lot of different spices).
I went with 3 other friends to try out the dine out menu. We all ordered the lobster bisque, beef short rib, and mousse dessert.
The lobster bisque was pretty tasty and loaded with cream. Not sure if that's a great thing since it was a little overpowering, but I liked it anyways. The presentation of it was really neat too. Though there wasn't actually much actual lobster in the 'lobster' bisque. The beef short rib was cooked nicely and was full of flavour. It came with a side of mashed potatoes (with bits of truffle shavings) and spinach. It was tasty, though not particularly special. The dessert was sooooo good. Layers of cake, mousse, ice cream, and dark chocolate mousse. Definitely was worth it just for that. One of my friends ordered the cheese platter instead. He liked the cheeses and they all had fancy names, which I assume is a good thing.
All in all, the food was good, though I'm not entirely sure it was worth the price since the portions were rather small - at least for the beef short rib entree. Also, somehow the dishes tasted very asian, probably because of the way they made their sauces. I eat a lot of asian food and if I knew beforehand what the dishes would be like, I probably wouldn't have went. Though again, the dessert was excellent.
The service that night was excellent as well. I'm assuming it depends on who's working though, based on the review below mines.
I went there the morning after Valentine's Day and it was around 10. The host was kind of busy with some other things so we waited for about 5 minutes. After we were seated, we went straight to the buffet. The selection for hot food include the normal breakfast food like sausages, bacon, potatoes, egg Benedict, fruits and yogurt, cereal, and cheese. To my amusement they have Belgian waffles! I didn't expect to see waffles there but they were great! Another great thing about the breakfast buffet was the omelet station. I always love omelet stations at buffets. The selection for the stuffing was OK, and I actually think the omelet was a bit overcooked. But it tasted alright.
Drinks are bottomless as usual so that was great. I think either the sausages or the potatoes are too salty, I drank glasses after glasses of juice. Even after I left I still want to drink... There must be something that made the hot food *extra tasty* added...
Anyway, the service of the waitress was alright, the ambiance was great (except the kids next table), and the food was alright.
I had a Groupon to use, and called outside restaurant operating hours for a reservation for 7.30pm on Father's Day. A non-restaurant employee took the details, and assured me that he would pass the reservation to the restaurant - he sounded a bit flakey. So next day I checked about the reservation and sure enough No Reservation logged or even available at 7.30pm and the young lady on the phone while sympathetic but could not fit me in. I was reluctant to let it go so I asked to speak to a manager - the restaurant supervisor was apologetic and diplomatically dealt with offering me a table at 8.00pm instead. Problem solved.
Pleasant reception and immediate seating.
Service was attentive, friendly and not intrusive.
Food was excellent - possibly the best scallop appetizer I have had, and my steak was so tender that I did not need a steak knife to cut it.
The seating was arranged so that other diners could not be heard and although present they did not intrude
on our enjoyment.
One of the best evenings in recent memory.
I'm never usually picky about atmosphere but this time, it felt strange. Show Case is located inside the lobby of the Marriot hotel. Since there were open ceilings, it really felt like we were eating in a lobby. Definitely very strange.
We went for Dine Out Vancouver...or actually, I did. I got the scallops appy, duck breast entree, and mousse dessert. Scallops were OK. Duck breast was OK. Mousse was good. My friend had their $22 soup/salad & prime rib special. The caesar salad was also just mediocre and the prime rib tasted like it was from somewhere like Knight & Day (not to say it was horrible but the quality was definitely not up to par). We did order an extra appetizer, which was the artichoke dip and this was probably one of the better artichoke dip dishes we've ever had.
Service was awful. We had to ask for the drink menu about 10 minutes after we were seated. We weren't given water until she finally came to our table. It took her about 10 minutes to bring us our drinks. We went on a Monday and although it was DOV, the older clientele didn't seem like they were actually there for DOV. Every course took quite awhile to come out. We probably waited 15 minutes before we got our utensils for the entree, then another 15 minutes after that to wait for it to come out. Our dinners usually take just over an hour, max, maybe 1.5 if we feel like sitting around. This one took 2 hours even though we ate fairly quickly.
All in all, I'm sure the quality of the regular menu food is better but I didn't have a chance to try. It definitely did not make me want to come back.
I hope my review does not get removed, this is an amazing restaurant. The food is spectacular. The trio of oysters I have had a few times is wonderful, fresh oysters, sweet and buttery, but with grea assortment of sauces as well-not just cocktail sauce and lemon like a lot of places, the shooters were especially good.
For mains I have had the tenderloin with bordelaise sauce on several occasions. That is the most amazing steak sauce I have ever tasted and highly recommend it to anyone.
The room is beautiful, great high ceiling with floor to ceiling windows, huge wide open space, yet it feels nice and intimate.
Service is impeccable. Very professional courteous and attentive.
I love this place.