Chef David Gunawan's new restaurant, Royal Dinette, is gearing up to open to the public by the end of this week.
It's located on the main floor of 905 Dunsmuir Street below Blackbird Public House, and the Donnelly Group is a silent partner.
I checked out Royal Dinette at the media launch last night (July 21). Here's a peek at what's on offer.
The restaurant is a bright space with a lot of natural wood. Designed by Beyond Beige Interior Design, Milltown Contracting, and Glasfurd & Walker, it features reclaimed whitewashed cedar planks and stone table tops.
The "dinette" feel comes through in retro touches such as turquoise chairs, and quilted-back swivel stools at the bar facing the open kitchen.
Gunawan has put together a team of restaurant-industry veterans to run Royal Dinette.
The menu reflects his farm-to-table philosophy. "It's really honest food," Gunawan said at the launch. "You can see right into the kitchen, and what you see is what you get. There's no hidden agenda."
The lunch menu features a la carte dishes like pastas, salads, and fish dishes ($13 to $25 each) as well as a prix fixe option of two courses for $25 or three courses for $30.
A few of the dishes Gunawan is known for at his other restaurants, such as his luscious smoked Castelvetrano olives with orange and fennel, are offered at Royal Dinette.
Sharing plates on the dinner menu run from $14 to $27, with charcuterie options to start and a selection of international cheeses for dessert.
A five-course tasting menu is also an option for $65 per person, with wine pairings an additional $45 per person.
Here's what was on the table at the media night.
Royal Dinette will be open for lunch from Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for dinner Monday to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. until late. For updates see the restaurant's website.