It’s been almost 10 years since this well-loved Canadian restaurant chain has opened a new location in B.C., and it is kicking off a brand new dining concept with its debut of Earls Ambleside Beach (1375 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver).
The highly anticipated waterfront dining spot officially opens its doors today (May 9), offering an aesthetically pleasing interior with ocean view seats, and new menu items that are unique to this location.
Situated in the Grosvenor Ambleside development, the 269 seat (189 on the inside, 80 on the patio) restaurant gives off West Coast-meets-California beach vibes—so don’t expect to walk into the classic Earls atmosphere you visited while growing up.
You’ll be dining in a space that features plenty of natural wood elements, contemporary lighting fixtures, tropical interior plants, and custom artwork by local artists. Expansive window-doors slide completely open in the living room area, which melds the patio and dining space together.
Earls’ culinary development chef David Wong was responsible for creating the menu at this eatery, which showcases brunch items and an unprecedented plant-based food section with seven vegan-friendly dishes.
“I love what we’ve done here with the food. I think I represent the market of people who dine out a lot, and I think I represent the really food-minded people that eat out a lot too,” Wong told the Straight in an interview at the new Earls Ambleside. “This location minimizes where I stand with food, like the plant-based dishes.”
Vegetarian and vegan guests can indulge in everything from crispy tofu tacos to vegan Hunan kung pao to vegan Korean bibimbap (mixed rice).
“We still have fantastic steaks and seafood and ethically sourced products from the sea and the land, but we also have this other alternative, which we never really celebrated until now,” said Wong. “That’s the missing part for me, and I love that.”
Head chef Simon Zanotto will be overseeing the kitchen, where his team will be creating items like lobster-and-pancetta pizza, salmon zen bowls, avocado toast, smoothie bowls, and a wide range of fan-favourite burgers.
As for drinks, guests have various libation options to pair with their meals or to simply quench their thirst during happy hour. Earls’ sommelier David Stansfield has curated the wine menu, which features red to white wines, and sparkling wines to rosé. A reserve menu will also be offered, showcasing famous international wines and iconic B.C. wines in limited quantities.
The restaurant group’s beverage director Cameron Bogue has developed a unique drinks menu, which consists of classic cocktails with a twist, as well as draft and bottled beer. The most innovative part of the line-up is its new bottled cocktails: a five-flavour selection developed in partnership with renowned bartenders Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage (Trash Tiki).
“We’ve been opening brand new concepts and unbelievable stunning locations all over the United States. This [location] is our grassroots, our backyard, [and] we get to showcase what we’ve been up to,” said Craig Blize, vice president of operations at Earls, to the Straight in an interview at the new eatery. “It’s special because we designed and created it for the West Vancouver guest. It’s different than any other Earls, from the artwork to the food to the view and every seat having a view of the ocean and the beach. You just can’t miss it.”
Scroll through the photos below for a peek inside the new dining spot.