Canadian food with live music concept!
Stumbled on this place looking for a place for lunch this past weekend. I'd heard the name before on Urban Diner and was honestly expecting something more fine-dining but despite my original thinking, was pleasantly surprised. Canadian food - what a concept!
We came during lunch/brunch hour - the menu was fairly simple - sandwiches/wraps, salads, and burgers. I ordered the BLT and my partner ordered the Chicken Club. Standard fare and hard to screw up... I had the yam fries - really good, crispy not soggy, v. good garlic mayo (had actual garlic chunks in it).
The service was fairly attentive, it wasn't terribly full but 70% of the tables were occupied. The decor is casual with a big Douglas Fir bar and reclaimed doors painted with northern/winter themes. I wonder if they flip them over for the summer with a summer them? Heh.
This is a good place for a casual date or get together with a small group (max 4, 6 would be pushing it). I look forward to coming back for the live music. Because of the size of the space I wouldn't recommend for larger groups.
I've been to Timbre a number of times. It seems most of the restaurants in Vancouver these days are cookie cutter versions of another. Timbre is refreshingly original and has some serious soul. Country music quite often, great food, live bluegrass, and down to earth yet attentive staff. I love this place, and go significantly out of my way to attend. Best rye, coke, cup, ice in the city!
If you are looking for a nice evening, spending with your friends and have nice conversations, then DO NOT go to the Timbre! The Music is way too loud!
Not only that: the bar service is more than horrible! The drinks took way too long and we had to ask more than once!
Vancouver has a bunch of nicer places to offer! So don't waste your time and don't waste your money!
Nice space, bright and breezy. Our servers were attentive and friendly. The food on the other hand was the kind of schlock normally reserved for a roadside diner with a gas station attached to it. And I'm feeling it the day after. Wife had veggie burger - it was a Money's patty - and I had Oyster poor boy. Bland, Safeway-bun and bagged salad. And apparently not a good couple of oysters as I'm getting more and more nauseous as I write this review.
2 sandwiches and 2 beers - $40.00. No value there.
Will avoid in future unless I'm just stopping in for a beer.
I went during Dine-Out Vancouver and popped by on a lark to grab a bite before going to a show. The staff were really friendly and accommodating when we had to take off really quickly to make our curtain. The dine out menu was great, but what I remember most was the deep fried tidbits of tenderloin that came with fries... It sounds vicious, but it was in fact exquisite. There's something so simple about well seasoned meat, but it really makes the difference between a bite to eat and an experience that improves your day. This was the latter, most definitely and it was a welcome surprise. All really well priced, too. Though I liked a few of the paintings and was surprised at the quality of the food, it did feel a little cold, as far as the design is concerned. Made me think of the Cambie if it were clean and had higher ceilings.
I went in as a one-off visit, having heard about it through the grapevine and was impressed by it's ambiance. The space is open, airy, warm and inviting; the website picture does it no justice. Most impressive are the large, exposed wood ceiling support beams and the single-piece bar wood. The place features live music but not on the night I visited; there was some really fine blues playing.
I sat at the bar and was promptly and warmly greeted by the bartender. He served my beer with aplomb and made a few menu suggestions at my request. While waiting for my meal, I was engaged by the bartender in some light chit-chat which was very pleasant, very charming!
My entree arrived sooner than I expected and looked delicious; clearly a fair amount of time had been spent on determining an attractive plating arrangement. I had chosen the New York Steak, medium rare, which came with roasted garlic mash and seasonal vegetables.
I was planning on brushing aside the mushroom peppercorn sauce, as in other places I have found it overpowering or that there was just too much of it. After sampling it, I found it was very much to my liking. The mashed potatoes were very well done and the veggies were crisp and blanched to perfection. All for $19.
Shortly after I had finished my meal I was visited by the shaven-headed and goateed chef, who named himself as Trevor. He accepted my compliments with grace and thanked me and bade me to visit again saying he had to get back to the kitchen but wanted to check up on his guests.
This restaurant offers excellent food at a great value, with a friendly, knowledgeable and competent staff and an ambiance that is tough to beat. It's a winning formula and I fully expect Timbre Restaurant to become one of Vancouver's signature restaurants.
If you are looking for well-prepared, tasty food in a casual, comfortable environment, look no further;
this is where you want to eat.
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