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There seems to be an abundance of new restaurants and since I'm going out for dinner this weekend, I'm wondering what the consensus is on the best one to choose. I'm thinking maybe Boneta or Metro, but am fully open to suggestions.

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Both Metro and Boneta are great. I'd try Metro. Sit at the kitchen bar and watch all the action. The ability to purchase meat and seafood by the ounce is a great concept.

"who needs a wine list when you can get pissed on dessert" Gordon Ramsey Kitchen Nightmares 2005


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...the ability to purchase meat and seafood by the ounce is a great concept...

love this concept since i went to my first Heuriger in Vienna over 10 years ago. everything by weight. except the booze :hmmm:

my advice is don't do the math....it could be painful.

officially left egullet....

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Chill Winstons ~ for patio; hot summer afternoon

Boneta ~ late night nosh and drinks

Fuel ~ lunch

So.Cail ~ oyster's anytime

Players ~ steaks at the right price...on the patio!!

Loden ~ a night with the wife (including breakfast)...cannot wait

Where and what is Loden?


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It was slated to open in July, but they're now saying autumn.

From the press release:


Chef Marc-André Choquette Positioned to Take Guests on Culinary Adventures

July 17, 2007 (Vancouver, BC) Kor Hotel Group, the Los Angeles-based hotel operator, announces the upcoming opening of Voya restaurant, set to open in fall to coincide with the hotel debut of Loden. The intimate 80-seat restaurant and lounge will offer sophisticated food, spectacularly chic décor, a private dining room with seating for 18 and a street-side lounge, providing a new escape in Coal Harbour.

Voya will be led by locally lauded chef Marc-André Choquette - who until now was best known for his outstanding work as Executive Chef at the award-winning Relais Gourmand restaurant, Lumiere. Having honed his craft in Montreal, France and New York, Choquette is classically trained and is a French-Asian cuisine specialist. With a recent trip to Miami in which he exchanged insights and techniques with Executive Chef Pietro Rota at The Tides South Beach's La Marea restaurant, another Kor Hotel Group restaurant, Choquette is preparing to launch the inaugural menu at Voya.

The list of planned dishes features decadent albacore tuna loin crusted with pine nuts sided by braised porcini mushrooms and a parmesan consommé; raw artichoke, marinated fennel and fresh sardine salad; and smoked potato gnocchi and hazelnut-crusted lamb loin with gingerbread sauce. It is Choquette's food that is sure to dazzle in Vancouver's savvy dining scene and given its name, Voya (derived from "voyage") will thrive on its inspiration - the thought that food can transplant one to places never before experienced.

Voya's interior is designed by San Francisco-based firm Babey Moulton Jue & Booth. An ice-blue room centre-lit by three sparkling crystal chandeliers evokes the sophisticated eateries of the `40s, rich with chocolate-hued upholstery, boldly patterned screens, oversized mirrors and sleek white lacquered tables. Voya will be a member of the Green Table and Ocean Wise sustainable programs and will proudly be offering patrons an alternative to bottled water through its on-premise filtered water system.

The restaurant will be a highlight of Loden Vancouver , a hotel that draws the natural wonders of coastal British Columbia into the city's cosmopolitan context. Its exterior mimics ocean waves in curved glass, natural stone and copper, while its warm interiors create a cultivated ambience through atypically bold patterns and deluxe finishes. The 77-room, 14-storey hotel will offer six suites, a 1,600-square-foot Penthouse Suite and Voya, the signature lobby-level restaurant with bar. A second-floor wellness centre will include a full service spa and a fitness studio. Located in Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver's most upscale residential neighborhood at the edge of the financial district, Loden is minutes from the waterfront, Stanley Park, world-class shopping and the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.

About Kor Hotel Group

The Kor Group is a privately held real estate development and management firm with investments primarily in hotels, resorts and multi-family real estate. Kor Hotel Group , the hospitality division of Kor, holds a diverse property portfolio and manages both its own assets and non-owned hotels under third-party management agreements. Kor Hotel Group's properties include Viceroy Santa Monica and Viceroy Palm Springs, Avalon Hotel and Maison 140 in Beverly Hills, The Tides South Beach, Chamberlain in West Hollywood, Loden in Vancouver, The Tides Riviera Maya on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula and Villa del Sol in Zihuatanejo on the Mexican Riviera. Resorts and Residences projects in Miami, Anguilla and Riviera Maya are forthcoming in 2008 and 2009.

Andrew Morrison

Food Columnist | The Westender

Editor & Publisher | Scout Magazine

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