Open: Monday to Tusday: closed
Wednesday to Sunday: 5:30 p.m.–midnight
6 Powell Street, Vancouver BC, Canada
The Diamond serves up Asian-influenced cuisine and cocktails inside a century-old brick building in the heart of Gastown. The Diamond is open late for dinner six nights a week, from Tuesday to Sunday.
The lighter side of the menu features crab cakes made with Dungeness crab and panko breadcrumbs, served with baby greens and a lemon-dijon yogurt dressing, and a selection of salted and seasoned peanuts, olives, and edamame. Although the menu is dominated by appetizers and dishes made to share, the Diamond also serves larger, meal-portioned dishes like a duck and soy chicken sub made with Asian pear, cilantro, pickled carrot, raisins, cucumber, and mayo, and gyoza made with Sloping Hills organic pork, shitake mushrooms, cabbage, soy, mirin, and sesame oil. The cocktails are rather cheekily designated as either Delicate, Proper, Notorious, or Overlooked, and are an eclectic mix of punches, highballs, martinis, and other mixed drinks.
The beers come from around the world, as do the red wines, white wines, ice wines, and champagnes. One of those Overlooked cocktails on the menu is the Perfect Adonis, which includes Cocchi Americano, sweet vermouth, Amontillado Sherry, and orange bitters. The Thermonuclear Daiquiri lives up to its name with London Dry Gin, green Chartreuse, banana liqueur, and honey. But probably the best name on the list is Penicillin. It comes with enough blended Scotch and peated Scotch—along with ginger, lemon, and honey—to live up to its name. It will kill any bug that might be lodged in your esophagus.
Bar manager Thor Paulson told Georgia Straight wine columnist Kurtis Kolt that if he wants to stay home, he likes making curry and pairing it with Quails' Gate Gewürztraminer.
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