The Twisted Fork offers casual bistro dining from 6pm til midnight, 7 days a week. They serve a brunch starting at 10am on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
We found this little gem after reading all the reviews on DineHere.ca. Twisted Fork is a casual bistro with fine dining. We went on a Wednesday night and were greeted by a friendly hostess and waiter. It's no secret that the chefs enjoy food and it shows in their creativity and exceptional food.
We decided to order "small forks" plates i.e. tapas and a bottle of red wine. We tried the mussels in a creamy sauce, beef shortribs, rosemary beef tenderloin, and an array of other items on the menu. We were pleasantly surprised that every dish was consistent, well presented, and had a mixture of flavors and textures. And to finish off, we had the Caramel Napoleon for dessert but it was paired with fresh strawberries and not raspberries since the bistro had run out of them. Wow, the dessert was fantastic.
We look forward to visiting this restaurant again and we will go for the main menu dishes next time.
I have nothing but good things to say about our visit to the Twisted Fork. When we decided to go there I logged on to their website to check out the menu...being vegan it's a habit to see what they have to offer me. My next step is usually to call the restaurant and see if my chosen items are truly vegan so that I am not holding up my dinner party with endless questions. Upon calling and asking, the phone hostess put me on hold to ask the chef a few questions...she came back saying that if he knew what time we would be there then he would put a special plate together for me...WOW!!!! TOO COOL!!! So, when I got there I was served an amazing warm tomato salad with greens guack and an olive tempande o/b.v. reduction dressing. For my main plate he made a mushroom quinoa with zuchinni rollups with fresh veggie stuffing and a tomato sauce. I was very impressed!
They totally set the bar high on customer service.
we've been to this place three times so far, and each of our experiences have been great! we've been there twice for brunch and it's definitely worth the trip downtown. as well, their prices are very reasonable for the high quality of food you get there.
for my first brunch, i had the scrambled eggs with asparagus. they were absolutely amazing. i have never tasted scrambled eggs like that before! truly heavenly.
for our second brunch, we had the eggs benedict and the banana stuffed brioche french toast. i'm usually not a big fan of eggs benny as i often find the hollandaise sauce too rich for me, but the consistency of their hollandaise sauce here was perfect. i had the chorizo with my eggs benny and it had just the right kick of spice. also, the banana stuffed brioche was delicious! it came with whipped cream, some fresh strawberries and apple slices on the side and a shot glass of syrup (which you may not even get to using), as the whipped cream is plenty =)
they also do a very nice dinner there. i had the lamb shank which came with grilled watermelon. i know that grilled watermelon sounds weird, but let me tell you, those people know what they're doing. we also had the twisted fork platter for our appetizer and we thought it had a good variety of food we wouldn't normally order.
the service is great and the staff is very personal. i really enjoy the little details of the twisted forks on their clipboard menus and how they make their own bread. as well, bottles of wine on mondays are half price =) i must say that twisted fork is now one of my favourite restaurants in the city.
Went here for brunch and again for dinner last week. Both times they told us the wait for a table was about 20 minutes but both times we had to wait over an hour. (Went at noon for brunch and 7:30 pm for dinner).
The food is good and service is friendly. Mussels and Caramel Napolean are amazing. But not sure I want to go back and waste another hour.
Came across the Twisted Fork almost by accident, while idly surfing the ‘net one afternoon looking for nothing in particular. I’d been wanting to find a new restaurant to go to downtown – someplace nice but not overly fussy, with good food at reasonable prices – and the Twisted Fork seemed to fit the bill. So the girlfriend and I made our way there one evening.
We arrived a little after opening, and after chatting with the front of the house for a minute, helped ourselves to a booth at the back, near the open kitchen. The Twisted Fork isn’t a big restaurant, but it is a funky-cool and comfortable place to hang out for a few hours. It’s casual, but not too casual; and classy without being pretentious. The booths lining one wall promote a certain intimacy that’s only enhanced after dark, when the lights are dimmed.
After placing our orders for a couple of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails, we decided to take our very friendly hostess’ recommendation and go with the prix fixe menu. I chose grilled sourdough and pan seared halibut, with a lemon tart for dessert. The girlfriend had the smoked gruyere and onion tart, beef bourguignon, with crème brulée to finish. All were quite alright, with the grilled sourdough being our least favourite (not bad, just a little dry). The highlights were the gruyere tart, with its spicy chutney topping, the beef bourguignon, which the girlfriend praised to no end, and the lemon tart, which was the best I’ve had in recent memory. Overall, it was a very good meal, and considering the 25 pp cost, an excellent value.
By the time we left the Twisted Fork, both the girlfriend and I were full, happy, and satisfied. That’s pretty much all you can ask from a restaurant. We’re looking forward to dining there again.
Went here last night for dinner. It's on the stretch of Granville Street that's still being revitalized so easy to miss this place.
Last night was sunday and they had a set meal for $25 where you get bread rolls, green salad, entree, dessert and choice of beer/wine for $25!! I couldn't resist and when they mentioned prime rib and chocolate cake as the entree/dessert pairing that night, there was no holding me back.
Not a wine/beer drinker but ordered the nut brown beer on tab and it was light/sweet/refreshing ~ perfect for a warm summer night.
The bread rolls came out piping hot and so yummy and fresh tasting, the green salad was also nice and fresh. I loved my prime rib but loved the accompanying mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding even more. The chocolate cake was decent but I would have preferred it to more moist and dense with more frosting but then again I just love frosting, my friend liked the cake the way it was. She does not have the big sweet tooth like I do.
The host/wait staff were all very friendly and service was warm/genuine.
I give a 3* rating for ambiance because I found it very dark in there so was difficult to read the menu but overall the place is very clean and new.
Recommended and I will be back for their Sunday dinners.
I've been to Twisted fork a couple times. Once for dessert and wine and another time for dinner. Both times I was very impressed by the service (two of three owners working in the restaurant). But the food was the showcase...no question. We shared a appetizer sampler plate which was so well done. It had everything from frog legs to an onion tart with chutney (we literally cleaned the plate). The atmosphere is cozy and pretty casual. The narrow space allows you to look into the kitchen and watch the chef work.
The highlight were the desserts. They were phenomenal. I'm salivating thinking about them. I've tried the Lavender Creme Brulee, Chocolate Lava Cake and a toffee crisp dessert that blew my mind. I could have that creme brulee and toffee crisp dessert every night.
My ONLY negative would be to avoid the booth across from the heat lamps...it's just too hot...even my girlfriend thought so...which is saying a lot.
Ok...if you are looking for a fancy dancy place then Twisted Fork it is. Twisted Fork is not an old Taco Bell turned into a fine dining restaurant. I wanted to take my wife for an 'apology' and 'make up' dinner and distract her from us and her troubles. With that said, they made some of the BEST steak around. One of my favorites is the steak of duck which they basically cut a duck breast and fill it with the confit then serve it in a bowl with this amazing dish. Heavenly wine to go with it. Highly recommend this place if you are on a date and trying to impress with fancy atmosphere (some of the women were totally packaged). It's one of those relatively unknown gems.
I highly recommend skipping this dinner. This place has crappy service. We have been to this establishment a couple of times and each time the service was sub-par, the food is nothing special, the drinks are expensive and the seating is cramped and uncomfortable. Many better choices to dine in in Vancouver.
I had taken my boyfriend here a couple months ago for brunch, being in the area and there was quite the lineup so figured it was going to be good. Its quite a small space so it's easy to fill up quick, but it's definitely worth the wait. My bf had the bacon and brie frittata, and I had the banana stuffed french toast. They were both heavenly, I dont even really like eggs, but his was one of the best egg dishes I've had, and my french toast I'm dreaming of as we speak. I took the girlfriends there for dinner last night, figuring it would have to be just as good for dinner. All of us left very impressed and I already cant wait to go back for the $8 mussel night. Between us we had the mussels, halibut, stuffed chicken, bacon scallops, and frites. Everything was fantastic, I can't narrow down what the best dish was. The service was pretty good, but I felt that nearing the end of our evening the server kind of just wanted us to leave. The value is very good, and they have great mixed drinks and wines by the glass. Overall, you cant lose with this place whether it be brunch or dinner, I highly recommend.
It was apparently our server's first night on the job, but even with that in mind service was unbearably slow, first waiting for the appetizers, then long pauses in between courses. We ordered two prix-fixé meals and 3 other small/no fork dishes, and it still took over two hours for our meal... and we're not slow eaters. And inexplicably two tables that had arrived 10-15 minutes after us got their dishes a good 10 minutes before we saw our appetizers.
The boeuf bourgignon was dry and tough, and the sauce was bland for this type of dish. Likewise with the halibut. The confit of duck had the duck meat shredded instead of being left on the bone, which resulted in a lukewarm and less juicy dish than other duck confits I have had. The mussels were decent; however the sauce again was a bit bland and mostly consisting of cream. The citrus cured salmon had a nice texture but had a fishy flavour to it. The Fernie frites were also lukewarm and a little soggy. Dessert - lemon tart was quite nice, as was the chocolate terrine; however, the terrine needed thawing and still had flakes of ice in it. Surprising, even though we had waited quite a while for the dessert to arrive. Overall, restaurant staff were warm and friendly but definitely need to manage getting the food out better.
I'm vegan, so I asked if anything could be thrown together for me. wow exceeded expectations... it was the best vegan meal I've had period. elaborate, well presented, and delicious, great ingredients, and unique. a lot of care clearly went in to every aspect of the dish.
and my meat eating dining partner loved hers too.
you pay 20-25 for an entree (well my vegan one was 17), but the portions are very generous and the quality is well worth it. They also had special three course set plates for $25
the service was perfect. friendly, but not over the top, attentive but no pestering.
great drinks too. lovely ambiance. I highly recommend it!
I very highly recommend it!