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Wildebeest-Reality bites by Cassandra Anderton
Vancouver has bought fully into the concept of nose to tail eating and Wildebeest’s timing couldn’t be better. This east side restaurant’s menu is heavy on the meat side of the equation and is serving up tasty bits of animal along with excellent cocktails and fantastic service in a room that is both comfortable and classy. Recent expansions to the menu include the addition of a few more seafood dishes, and there are a few options in the veggie department too.
Wildebeest is a joint project between James Iranzad (Abigail’s Party) and Josh Pape (Chambar and The Diamond). It was opened in the capable hands Chef David Gunawan, formerly of West, and Chef Wesley Young, who is now in charge as Gunawan has moved on to pursue ownership elsewhere.
Located at 120 West Hastings, Wildebeest’s main dining room is composed of 80 seats on the main floor and a wine bar downstairs with a separate menu and room for 50. Tables in the front are lined up against the wall and there’s a lounge area and bar seating. There’s lots of exposed brick, refurbished wood and lights are strung from old railway pulleys.
Wildebeest recently opened Saturday and Sunday brunch and is serving dishes such as smoked bierwurst, bacon, three eggs and toast or scrambled eggs with bone marrow, parsley salad and toast, as well as mini donuts. Diner guests can call ahead and order up entire roasts of pork, porchetta, chicken or lamb, and dine family style, or order off the menu. Musts are the smoked Castelverano olives, the soy-braised beef tendon, an octopus with charred broccoli, salmon caviar and olive oil hollandaise and the roasted sweetbreads with wild mushrooms.
Save room for cheese as they’ve got an excellent selection of both local, Quebec and International cheese ranging from Manchego to Farmhouse Camembert. Desserts are also recommended here; the pumpkin budino (custard) with salted caramel ice cream is particularly tasty.
120 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC : 604 687 6880
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