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ARC Dining

ARC Dining has taken over the spot where Herons restaurant used to be. The restaurant has beautiful views of the mountains and water, and it’s a great place to have a relaxed meal with a good friend.

ARC’s chefs are Dana Hauser, and one of my favourite Vancouver chefs, Alessandro Vianello.

Alessandro is great at creating what I call “gourmet comfort food” – uncomplicated dishes made from fresh, local ingredients.

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The cocktails at ARC are innovating and mixed to perfection, and I love the small details, like the candied ginger garnish in this Moscow Mule.

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Fresh bread is served complimentary at each table, and its served with butter and tomato jam made in-house.

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Some menu items have delightful details, like the Village Farms Tomato Caprese ($17), that comes with burrata, balsamic reduction and… powdered olive oil?? – this stuff is amazing, and it looks fantastic on a plate. The powder melts instantly in your mouth and it tastes just like olive oil.

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As a guilty pleasure, we ordered the Chef’s Perfect Fried Pickles ($8) – served with their house mustard, these pickles where truly perfectly fried and crispy.

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The wine list at ARC Dining features some great BC wines. I had a chance to sample some delicious Blasted Church vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris. This Okanagan wine has fruity and citrus notes, and makes a great summer sipping wine.

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The wine goes great with seafood, so we ordered the Marinated Scallops ($17) next. The scallops are paired with smoked bacon, clams and apples, in a  tangy hop vinaigrette.

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For my main course, I ordered the Caramelized Cauliflower ($24) with chickpeas and toasted almonds. This is a great dish for vegan or vegetarian. The dish was quite satisfying.

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The Poached Asparagus ($12) came next. This dish was served with a soft poached egg on top and drizzled with truffle hollandaise sauce. The asparagus had a hint of lemon butter, and were accompanied by green peas that gave it a nice little crunch.

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Ah, this dish is a must order at ARC – the Mountain Mushroom Toast ($10) on Rosemary bread. This, is truly comfort food at its finest. The toast was crispy, the mushrooms were buttery. This dish was a winner for me.

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We ordered the Bag of Doughnuts ($8) for dessert. The doughnuts come in a paper bag and are “shaken not stirred” at table side and served with fruit and jelly dips.

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This doughnuts where so good, they deserve another shot.

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Speaking of desserts, I highly recommend the hand churned ice cream ($8). The maple and hazelnut madness is complete decadence.

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Arc Dining lives up to their motto: “Life is complicated, good food shouldn’t be”.  Follow them on Twitter:

@ARCDining

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