At Wildebeest, enjoy meat focused, off-cut farmhouse fare simply prepared with immaculate ingredients and thoughtful creativity.
I haven't been back to this restaurant for a few years now. I thought I would give it try again with my husband. We had 8:00pm reservations and our table was not ready. At 8:10 the bar was offered to us and we decided to sit at the bar and have dinner there too. We ordered the bison carpaccio (shared). Husband had pork belly, scallops and I had the elk loin for dinner. Normally we would share an appetizer and have our own entrees and we would be more than satisfied. To our surprise, at this restaurant the portions were extremely small for their "larger" plates. I usually eat at the smaller portion level already and after eating here I was still craving for a burger. The way they priced the plates you would think you get a decent amount of food. It's not the case here. I look around the restaurant and wonder what other people are ordering. There is no way everyone is leaving here full unless you order your own appetizer, entrée and other small plates to keep you satisfied. My husband and I will not be going back again. Yes, the food was delicious, the ambience was nice and service was great but it's also about value.
Since our server said the dishes at this restaurant was meant to be shared, I and my wife decided to order a few different dishes and share them. The first one was their farm egg, and it was great. The yoke was just about fully cooked but not quite (which is ideal but is very difficult to time for the chef), but how they managed to time the egg white perfectly half-cooked is beyond me. That was fantastic. I wish I could do that. There was risotto and other adornments that came with the egg. Not only was it beautifully presented, but it tasted great. For $4, it was well worth the money. Next came the bison carpaccio, and again, both presentation and flavor were fantastic. The flavors here (and this applies to all the dishes we had) are creative but at the same time do not seem "contrived" (i.e., seem natural). The pappardelle was al dente as it should be, the quail ragu was very soft but not mushy, and tasty. Then came the striploin steak (we would have gone for the ribeye but it would take too long -- 45 minutes). If you thought a steak was a steak, and a properly-cooked steak would be the same anywhere, you ought to try this. There was a gravy that came with it, and the flavor was not what I expected but was delicious nonetheless. The good thing about the gravy is that the steak would never dry out, and the portion was very generous. After that, we had no more room for dessert, so we did not order any.
The only downside (to us) is that the place was very noisy that evening. Even without the background music, the noise level was high, and it was hard to carry out a conversation. This is why I gave only 3 stars to the ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant to people who don't mind the high noise level.
We had a group of 7 so they suggested a set menu for $55. Started with some smoked olives - awesome, then some beet salad - very good, foie gras poutine- really good, beef short rib - could of cooked the fat off a bit more but very tender, pork osso bucco - this was a failure as the fat was over 50% of the pork shank, finally roast lamb - the best I've had at a restaurant. Lots of food and the service was great. Some great mixed drinks and a good beer selection. Value wise, for the amount of food it was a fair price. Would come back to try some other items.
Came here on a saturday night with my dad and sat at the bar. We each ordered the same appetizer - $9 Beet Salad. This was a very small but tasty salad. More presentation then actual food on the plate. For Entrees I had the $26 Chicken Duo that came with some vegetable and creamy polenta. This was a good dish, 4/5. My dad ordered the $17 Beef Short Rib, it was just meat on a plate, no sides at all. He didn't know, nobody explained this and it's very dark in there. After dinner we looked at the dessert menu, the portions are small so there is plenty of room for appy/entree/dessert here. I am a dessert guy, I love my dessert.. but out of the 4 options none really were what I wanted, the list was weird so we didn't get dessert. With a few drinks, tax, tip we are looking at a $100 dinner and my dad was still hungry. We actually stopped at an Italian pizza restaurant after we left here and he ate 3 quarters of a margherita pizza and I ordered a dessert.
Overall, seems like a cool trendy weekend place, dark, loudish music.
The food is good but you don't get much. I know of many other restaurants that have better menu options as well as value so I don't see much reason to return. The place is neat but the menu seemed kind of limited and hard to order from.
If you like meat, I'd say this is the place for you. We finally tried this place a couple weeks ago and were not disappointed. I ordered the bacon and eggs served with thrice roasted potatoes and it was very good. The bacon it was served with wasn't you average bacon, rather slightly crisped, pork belly bacon and two large portions at that. Yum.
I will be back to try dinner at Wildebeest. Definitely recommended.
I am smitten. Congrats to these people... they have created an experience that is right up my alley. We came here for a Xmas party and as such events go, the food and drink is usually acceptable at best. Well, not here. They took the simplest of things and turned it into something amazing. First, the decore. Nothing Cactus-Keg-Browns-Rogue here. It's edgy, yet classy, well thought out spaces. We were downstairs and the ultra long high table set up was impressive at first glance and worked very well for our group. I did not care that the bathrooms were basic, they were clean and worked. I don't understand why a restaurant needs more. Next, the service. Genuine, awake and eager to do a good job. Nothing phoney or egotistical here. We got everything we needed before or as we asked and not one server clipping around in stupid stilettos, braless, and no armpits showing. And, they were consistent. They served us well from arrival to last call, I noticed because I was the only one in our party still sober by then. But the star here is the food. We were late and missed the country terrine but by all accounts (5 or 6 professional chefs at our table) it was amazing. Poutine with froie gras, oh my oh my. I am not a general fan of poutine but this is like none other I've ever had. The fries themselves were not at all greasy and the cheese curds were not gooey or gluey, like I've experienced before. The addition of the froie gras was decadent but somehow it works. I would return for this dish alone even if nothing else was edible. Luckily, the poutine was not the highlight. The main dish, served family style was roasted chicken on a bed of mashed potatoes and cabbage saute (like a hot coleslaw). How they managed to make something this ordinary sounding into something so delicious is what impressed me the most. The chicken was so tender and fresh tasting, I could swear it whispered the name of the farm it was raised on as I ate it. It was the first time I felt compelled to ask the server about the story of the chicken I was eating as I ate it, and I've eaten a whole lot of chicken! The mashed potatoes, perfectly mashed and seasoned, so easy to do well, yet so few places do it well. The sauteed cabbage slaw... again, simple, yet so delicious and flavourful. The whole platter perfectly complimentary. Along with wines served at the correct temperature, drink orders taken and promptly delivered, and genuine happy vibes from the bartenders to the servers to the chefs behind the line, a win win win. Yes, I am in love with this place and we are already planning our next visit. Good job, Wildebeest, Vancouver restaurants, take note, this IS the competition!
I went with my wife for Dine Out, our first visit. We had a reservation but they wanted to sit us at a big table, across from each other, between a party of 4 and a party of two. Not my idea of a nice dinner out to sit next to a bunch of people you don't know. We opted to sit at the bar instead, which was not ideal. The hostess didn’t seem to care.
We both had the ham hock soup to start. Ham was good, but you only get a tiny amount. Rest of the soup had no flavor.
I had short rib for the main, it was not bad but the serving size was very small. I definitely was not full. My wife had the tuna, which was terrible. It is wrapped in nori and then deep fried tempura style. The tuna inside was ice cold. I don’t mind raw tuna, I eat sushi all the time, but it was very cold. The flavor was terrible too, no seasoning and all you can taste is the nori, which overpowered everything else on the plate.
We opted to add the cheese plate because we were still hungry. We got three cheeses, two of them were great, one was so so. Overall, quite happy with that selection, the best part of the meal which is a shame because no cooking is necessary to prepare a nice cheese plate. Considering this is supposed to be a meat-centric restaurant, their food is below average.
Also, their website said “We work closely with surrounding farms and farmers to organically raise healthy, happy animals and grow custom produce.” If so, why do they serve foie gras? I’m not sure how you raise happy ducks when they are force fed twice a day. Seems like a contradiction to me, but I would be happy to be proved wrong.
Desserts were fine, not fantastic but not bad either. We had a few glasses of wine and the bill was $200 with tip. For that amount of money, there are many restaurants in Vancouver that will give you a much better meal. I will not be back to this place.
It was a late Friday night we had a reservation for three at 9 o'clock. We arrived at the restaurant got greeted warmly and seated very quickly. One thing i did not like too much was the seating of the commune table, it is a bit crowded if people are sitting beside you. it is kinda cramped to many seats in a small area. We went for dine out 2013 it was great! We had a couple appetizers to start before we had the dine out menu come out.
One of the best pates i have ever ate.
For starters we had the bacon wrapped country pate with quince jelly, rhubarb, cornichons and rustic awesome bread. Was the best friking pate i ever ate, it is probably the best pate in town no jokes. My friend is friends with the chef and he said during culinary school he would always eat pate and always try to perfect it. Sadly David Gunawan is leaving :(, one of the best chefs in town. we also had a crazy concoction it was pork cheek with oatmeal, weird combo right? I was told this chef can make things that should not go together go together, was so friking good. The oatmeal was a great accompaniment to the pork cheek, it was a like a thick creamy sauce hmmm. Anyways for Dine Out all three of us had it, was a great deal for $38 dollar menu. I started with the smoke salmon roulade, it was good considering i really don't like smoked salmon but he made it taste great. It came with butternut squash and creme fraiche was great. For the entree i had the Best Dam short rib, i t was sous vide, it did not look like any short rib i have seen. It was not lacquered with sauce so it looked more l ike steak it came with a caramelized shallot, root veg and a nice demi glace. Finished with dessert slow cooked apple with clover honey ice cream, was really awesome. You have to try the co2 canister cheese cake my eating companion had it was AMAZING! Great dinner, if you want to indulge yourself for sure come here.
All in all Great dinner 5/5