Notable Review: West End’s Left Bank Gets it Right

The evening had us sampling a variety of delicious dishes created by veteran Vancouver restaurateur John Blakeley.

First off, the room is gorgeous, spacious and inviting. An open concept dining room features bright poppy red accents throughout, clean lines and a sense of warmth punctuated with an eclectic collection of artwork. Boasting 60 seats indoors plus an additional 35 seats found on their new laneway patio, the restaurant optimizes every little nook wisely.

John (owner of the acclaimed Bistro Pastis) greeted our group upon arrival and offered us a signature cocktail before ushering us outdoors for passed appetizers.  

Hors d’oeuvres arrived shortly as conversation flowed and we noshed on Left Bank’s Moroccan-inspired French cuisine (think spicy albacore tuna cones, grape and goat cheese truffles, and to-die-for sticky pork ribs). 

Before long it was time to shift inside where a multi-course feast awaited, curated by Executive Chef Spencer Watts and Chef Rory Higdon.

Each dish arrived paired with an appropriate wine chosen to enhance each dishes exquisite flavours. We sampled items from their dinner menu such as the crispy crab roll, roasted pork belly, sockeye salmon and duck confit tempura. 

Bites of their black sesame crusted pommes frites and tempura haricot vert magically appeared (and disappeared) from our table as we tucked into lamb tagine – and barely made it through a selection of desserts.

The next time you’re on the hunt for a dose of comfort food with a fancy twist, we think you ought to head directly to Left Bank. It’s the perfect spot to land when in search for a last-minute date destination or place to park it for late-night bites (check out that menu here).

Left Bank is located at 751 Denman Street.


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