A close girlfriend and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner on our infrequent girls’ night out. And by nice, I mean we splurged on the tasting menu with wine pairings at Hawksworth Restaurant. Located inside the legendary and recently revamped Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this stylish spot quickly became the place to see and be seen. We didn’t care. We were just eager to see if this restaurant measured up to the hype.
A master at his craft, Chef David Hawksworth designed a locally focused menu that boldly showcased flavours from various world cuisines. Asian influence was prominent on the summer menu. He presented familiar flavours, such as Tom Yum Soup, with a modern and sophisticated approach. With French flare interspersed throughout the courses, it somehow all flowed seamlessly.
The service was attentive without being stuffy, which is suits Vancouver’s casual dining scene. Funny story, they didn’t flinch when my friend and I tipsily (and shamelessly) asked for another glass of the Meyer Family Chardonnay. Imagine us, way too many cocktails and glasses of wine in, had a “whoa” revelation and thought it was the best. wine. ever. With a smile, the sommelier came by to tell us more about the wine and simply kept it flowing. Good times.
If I had to scour for one fault, it would be that we weren’t satisfied by the less-than-exciting dessert. The sticky and chewy macaron paled in comparison to the rest of the impeccable dishes. Glancing across the room, the à la carte desserts looked more interesting.
Hawksworth Restaurant is not only one of Vancouver’s hottest dining rooms, it’s a destination restaurant that travellers shouldn’t miss. On a world-class scale, the prices here are very reasonable and after all, you only live once.
Click to expand the photos below of the Summer Tasting Menu. Their current Fall menu looks mighty tempting too…
801 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C