Four food & dining events
Night before Christmas
There’s still time—just—to get your tourtií¨re order in at La Baguette et l’Echalote (1680 Johnston Street). The Granville Island bakery sells frozen, eight-inch pork versions ($19.50) of the French-Canadian pie that’s traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. Call 604-684-1351 before Sunday (December 21) to ensure you get one. Mental note: the public market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (outside shop hours vary) on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.
Join the migration down to False Creek–side restaurant Ocean 6 Seventeen (617 Stamps Landing) for its Sunday night $11.95 prime rib and Yorkshire pudding dinner. It’s also a prime viewing spot for the Carol Ships Parade of Lights, looping past on December 22 and 23 at about 7:45 p.m.
Many months in the making, r.tl—aka Regional Tasting Lounge (1130 Mainland Street)—opened its doors last week, in sync with a raft of Christmas parties. An unmarked, automatic door leads to a NYC–styled, chocolate-toned room that’s anchored by a bar and a hideaway lounge. Seasonally focused, r.tl’s menu currently features dishes and wines from B.C., Spain, and the Middle East.
Fine-dining options on New Year’s Eve include stalwarts Bishop’s (2183 West 4th Avenue, 604-738-2025) and Le Gavroche (1616 Alberni Street, 604-685-3924). The five-course set menu at Bishop’s features choices such as terrine of rabbit, leek, and truffle; and venison escalopes. It’s $130 per person, including a glass of Champagne. Le Gavroche’s six-courser is $80, or $130 with wine pairings, and includes options of chestnut and black truffle soup and mustard-crusted rack of lamb. Both restaurants are taking reservations for multiple seatings.