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Yew Restaurant – Four Seasons Hotel – Vancouver

March 17th, 2010 · No Comments

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With soaring 40-foot ceilings and surrounded by warm wood, this is a surprisingly warm and airy room. There is a private dining area for 10 enclosed by glass in the middle of the room. In addition, the communal dining table which is a beautiful long wood table right by the fireplace, is a good option for solo diners who don’t really want to dine solo.

The prices aren’t cheap – this is the Four Seasons after all – but lunch is usually a cheaper option at higher end restaurants so we ventured here during the Olympics. Running with the Olympic theme – there was a ring salad – which was a calamari ring salad which was perfect rings of cooked calamari lightly seasoned with some pasta (ring-like of course) and greens. The heirloom beet salad (Heirloom Beets – Golden, Candy Striped and Red Beets, Pumpkin Seeds, Sherry and Honey Vinaigrette) was refreshing although nothing special. For entrees, we tried the lobster mac and cheese (nothing special and a little undersalted), the mushroom gnocchi (Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, Wild Mushroom, Roasted Pumpkin and Herb Butter) and the sablefish ( Lemon Herb Glazed, Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Edamame and Pomegranate Drizzle). I liked the mushroom gnocchi the best and the sablefish was also a good entree but nothing was spectacular.

The service was excellent – friendly but unobstrusive. The server let one of our table companions taste the wine before pouring her a glass and she was able to switch her wine choice rather than being stuck with a glass of wine that is underwhelming.

If you are looking for a fancy place to eat where you might bump into Michael Ignatieff if he happens to be in town, this is the place for you. This would also be a good place for the weary traveller (with an adequate expense account) to solo dine at the long communal wooden table by the fireplace.

YEW Restaurant + Bar on Urbanspoon

(604) 689-9333
Four Seasons Hotel
791 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC V6C2T4
www.fourseasons.com/vancouver…
Cost: pricey, lunch with an entree, shared appetizer, 750mL of sparkling water, and a glass of wine was about $50 per person
Verdict: not as trendy or as much of a scene as Market in the Shangri-La hotel, respectable food but at hotel prices, convenient if you are staying at the hotel or downtown, better food places around town for the amount of money though

Tags: Special Occasion · Vancouver · Western Food

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