Cinara Vancouver is a modern European restaurant that sits corner lot under the historic Victorian Hotel on Homer and 350 West Pender. We had been meaning to visit Cinara awhile now since it opened. There had been plenty of raving reviews and frankly we had high hopes. You will recognize Chefs Lucais Syme from Cioppino, La Quercia and La Pentola. Flavors are adapted onto the menu with pastas and preserves. Cinara menu is focused on sharing small plates and appetizers. Entrée mains are not exceptionally large portioned either.
Cinara is casual with wood floors, round tables, mismatched tableware. Service is prompt and friendly. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Our expectations for a magical five star dinner was underwhelming. Overall, we found the flavors underseasoned and struggled with complexity.
Bread and Butter 2: simple bread service
Salmon alla Piedmont butter lettuce, egg, cornichon 14: marinated salmon filet with buttery butter lettuce and egg salad. A nicely pickled garnished and fresh fish.
Beef Shoulder cauliflower, capers, raisins, anchovy 27: tender beef shoulder Sous-vide. Underseasoned with a slight chew. Served with polenta and drizzled with salsa verde.
Branzino glenn valley artichoke, fennel pollen, orange 28: a nice pan seared thinly sliced European sea bass with a crispy skin exterior. Served with beans and light broth sweetened with fennel pollen.
We left feeling not quite satisfied. We stopped over at Cartems Donuterie couple shops down for some dessert.
Cuisine: Modern European
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
350 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T1