Looking for a way to say ‘Dad, you rock’ through food and drink on Father’s Day this Sunday (June 17)? Dim sum, sushi, ramen, or pho? Lunch or a beer flight at a craft brewery, perhaps? Maybe a meal at a Neapolitan pizzeria or a taco joint would suit the mood. Be prepared for lineups at some of your favourite haunts.
Here are a few other options around Metro Vancouver to check out and show your Old Man you care.
Surrey’s Dominion Bar and Kitchen (D1 - 13475 Central Avenue; relax, it's only 30 minutes by SkyTrain from downtown Vancouver) is putting on a Whisky Dinner ($60) for Dad that includes a welcome cocktail, family-style shared appetizers (including bao buns, tacos, and Scotch quail eggs), main course (with options including Korean beef ribs, seared salmon, and Jägermeister-brined chicken breast), dessert, and a whisky tasting. Sommelier Dan Volaway will lead the tastings. An instructor with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Volaway is the portfolio ambassador for several whiskies, including Macallan, Highland Park, and Glenrothes.
If a meal out isn’t in the cards, you could pick up a bottle of Odd Society Spirits’ newly released #6 Single Malt Whisky for the Old Man. (It’s the artisan distillery’s sixth batch of the stuff). About 600 500-millilitre bottles ($50) will be available, the whisky distilled from B.C.-grown malted barley and matured in American oak barrels for three years. The distillery's super-cool Tasting Lounge is open from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays; consider meeting up with your Pappy for a craft cocktail.
Brunch it up
Say Dad wants to get his fill early in the day. The Oakwood Canadian Bistro (2741 West 4th Avenue) has revamped its weekend brunch menu; find cinnamon-bun French toast with salted caramel, buttermilk-fried free-range chicken sandwich, cured-salmon salad, brunch poutine with braised beef shank and sous-vide Rabbit River organic eggs, and more. (The Kits restaurant, which is also open for dinner, uses Ocean Wise seafood across the board and participates in Mealshare.)
The Victor at Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe Street) recently launched Sunday brunch, with highlights including dim sum, a sushi and seafood bar, lobster frittata, foie gras French toast, Wagyu breakfast burger, and more. There’s also a live DJ in residence, a fully stocked Bloody Bar to build your own Caesars and Marys, and a table-side mule cart.
Another option: go buffet-style at Glowbal (590 West Georgia Street) with BYOO (build your own omelet) stations, carving stations, a chilled-seafood bar, freshly baked breads, and desserts ($59 for adults, $24 for kids under 10).
Crispy fried goodness
Keepin’ it casual for Pops? New kid on the block the Downlow Chicken Shack (905 Commercial Drive) specializes in Nashville-style deep-fried chicken, all hot and spicy. Grab a whole bird ($32) and sides like coleslaw, corn bread, and fries for a picnic.
Juke Fried Chicken (182 Keefer Street) is pulling together a fatherly feast with a full rack of sticky pork ribs, 10 pieces of fried chicken, peanut slaw, fries, gravy, biscuits with whipped schmaltz, chicharrón cheezies (pork rinds), and a bottle of Juke’s signature hot sauce to take home ($75), for dine in or take-out.
Surf 'n turf
The land-and-sea combo never gets old. Find it at Miku (200 Granville Street), where dads can indulge in a 10-ounce AAA sterling-silver prime rib steak with Atlantic Aburi half lobster tail, along with mixed vegetables, iwa-nora butter baked Yukon gold potato puree, and more ($57). (Also featured are Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky and Tenzan Bamboo Junmai sake.)
The classic pairing is also on offer at Sandbar on Granville Island: seven-ounce grass-fed tenderloin with crispy shallots and red-wine demi plus a three-ounce lobster roll with avocado, cucumber, and tobiko ($55).
Here's to you, Dad
Celebrating Dad with a toast? To go with its meat-forward menu, Wildebeest (120 West Hastings Street) is pouring “Dadhattans”, a mix of Eagle Rare Bourbon, Pent e Mes, Fernet Brance, and a spritz of grapefruit.
Tuc Craft Kitchen (60 West Cordova) will be stirring two versions ($18) of the classic Old Fashioned: the Don Draper—with two ounces of 45th Parallel New Richmond Straight Rye (which comes from Wisconsin, is distilled in copper pots, and aged for at least four years in Ozark white-oak barrels), Sombre & Amer Foo Manchu Bitters, orange peel, and sugar—and the Chapin & Gore, made with Chicago’s Oppidan Solera Bourbon, Addition Pink Pepper Bitters, lemon peel, and sugar.
Take in the 11 a.m. FIFA World Cup soccer games with Dad at Parq Vancouver’s BC Kitchen. Game-day specials include $5 beer, highballs, and glasses of red and white wine. Then there’s a burger-and-beer combo ($15, Parq Lager or IPA); an appetizer platter for four with nachos, wings, and poutine ($32); and wings for $10.
Prime rib is the star of the show at the Teahouse in Stanley Park, where a 12-ounce piece comes with Yorkshire pudding, dauphinoise potatoes, and green beans ($45).
Seasons in the Park is serving a three-course (10-ounce) prime rib dinner, with a choice of Caesar salad, mushroom soup, or clam chowder to start and a house-made chocolate cake or sunburned lemon tart to finish ($42.50).
Sous-vide is the style for prime rib at Minami (1118 Mainland Street); a 10-ounce serving comes with miso-scalloped-potato casserole, roasted farmers market vegetables, wasabi-negi relish, truffled peppercorn duxelle ($50; you can add a butter-poached lobster tail for $16).
At H2 Rotisserie and Bar (in the Westin Bayshore Hotel), rotisserie prime rib is carved tableside and served with creamy mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, grilled asparagus, and merlot jus ($42); whisky pairings are on offer too.More