Even though we don’t like to admit it, the dining experience isn’t just about the food. There are a few places that I’m willing to go largely to sit in their chairs, listen to their music, or generally be entertained by the spirit of the place. Have you ever organized a birthday party for a friend at a lame restaurant? Pick one of these restaurants to make up for that. Average price between $30-60 a person.
Tried and True:
OMAW: They call themselves an American eatery, but this is the kind of Contemporary Canadian cuisine I’m proud to take out-of-town guests to enjoy. Small elegant bites set in a cool setting, to be paired with fun cocktails.
Bar Raval: Calling this place a Spanish tapas restaurant would be underselling this spectacular architectural destination that serves most of their gourmet food in tins.
Dailo: Nick Liu is a creative genius and his Asian inspired bar is a lot of fun. Lo Pan as well.
Mata Pestico Bar: The boys of Mata never disappoint with their Brazilian small plates.
Soos: An upscale Malaysian eatery that brings all the right South Asian flavours you crave.
Parts & Labour:Matty Mattheson has become a self-proclaimed “Instagram star” with his over-the-top brand that he shares with this restaurant.