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Hydra Vancouver is an estiatorio Mediterranean restaurant & bar that just opened at the newly renovated luxury EXchange Hotel on 475 Howe Street (between Pender and Hastings.) The 180-seat Greek restaurant itself is a stunning bi-level, washed with natural light from its six-story atrium lobby. It has opulent mirrors and an irresistible raw bar – right as you enter the restaurant on the second floor!
The name “Hydra” (pronounced ‘hee-dra’) – is named after the beautiful culinary Greek island in the Aegean Sea.
The EXchange Hotel is Vancouver’s first LEED™ Platinum Heritage Conversion and is the former home of the original Vancouver Stock Exchange.
Last night I had the pleasure to experience the debut menu of this elegantly modern Greek-inspired flagship estiatorio. The menu focuses on quality Mediterranean dishes such as vine-ripened tomato salad with flat parsley and feta, tender grilled octopus garnished with lemon juice and olive oil, or lamb chops served straight from the grill with hints of garlic and oregano. Chef Ioannis Gerolymatos pays homage to his roots and honours ingredients and traditional cooking styles.
We started the evening with cocktails and a collection of spreads ($10 each and comes with freshly made to order pita bread.) Opt to add crudite +$3.
Next on the menu was a selection of Hydra Favorite starters. There is a good variety of appetizers from saganaki fried cheese to deliciously crispy paper-thin zucchini chips!
GRILLED OCTOPUS 21: Tender flame grilled baby octopus dressed in lemon and oregano olive oil and served with a fava bean purée.
HYDRA SPECIAL 18: We bet you can not just eat just one! These guilt-free paper-thin zucchini are super delicious and comes with spicy eggplant tzatziki.
KEFALOGRAVIERA 17: Crispy on the exterior and melty, gooey, cheese inside. This fried saganaki dish is lovely.
TOMATO SALAD 19: This Greek salad includes vine-ripened tomatoes with fresh feta cheese flown from Greece.
GREEN SALAD 13: Simple and refreshing. Finely chopped hearts of romaine, scallions and served with a light dill hydra vinaigrette.
ORGANIC HEIRLOOM BEETS 14: Tender heirloom leafy beets tossed in red-wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
Now that our appetite’s been warmed up it is time for Today’s fresh selection of seafood from the Aegean & Salish Seas and world’s oceans, on display at the Raw Bar. Choose how you’d like your fish to be cooked – salted baked or grilled. Served with greek fried potatoes, and sautéed greens.
WHOLE FISH IN SEA SALT MP: salt baked with herbs. Mildly flavourful and full of natural sweetness from the fish.
GRILLED WHOLE FISH MP: flame-grilled with olive oil & lemon sauce.
Family Style Hydra Platters from the land.
WHOLE FORNO ROASTED CHICKEN 48: Tender marinated chicken with herbs and lemon
FORNO ROASTED WHOLE LEG OF LAMB 89: marinated with oregano and lemon. Carved in the kitchen and served with natural drippings.
LOBSTER PASTA 59: Scrumptious whole lobster served with fresh pasta, tomatoes, ouzo and lobster sauce.
The menu at Hydra Vancouver is intended to be explored and shared with friends and family. Thank you for the amazing night over good company and delicious eats. The plethora of unique dishes and choices is incredible. There is something for everyone! I can’t wait to come back and try their Charred Cauliflower, forno baked Black Cod, Spanakopita and Crab Cakes and of course the flame grilled whole lobster!
Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean & Bar
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood, Greek
Mon 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Breakfast 7 days a week 7am-10am
Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
475 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2B3
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Where to eat for Mother’s Day Weekend? Are you wondering where to take Mom out for Brunch, Lunch or Dinner in Vancouver this year?
Here are a few places in Metro Vancouver that are hosting special events for Mother’s Day May 11 and 12, 2019. To avoid lengthy wait times, reservations are highly recommended.
|H2 Rotisserie & Bar @ The Westine Bayshore||Mother's Day Run and Brunch||$45-69 adults; $29-$45 children||Brisk 3k, 5k or 10k run (or walk)||May 12||Vancouver|
|H Tasting Lounge @ The Westine Bayshore||Afternoon High Tea||$55 per person||May 12||Vancouver|
|Odd Society Spirits||Afternoon High Tea||$42 per person||Spirited Motheru2019s Day Afternoon Tea||May 12 - 12:30pm or 2:30pm||Vancouver|
|Two Rivers Specialty Meats||Brunch||varies||3-course brunch||May 12 - 10am or 1pm||North Vancouver|
|Temper Chocolate & Pastry||Specialty Items||varies||Mother's Day Brunch Box, Cake, etc.||May 12||West Vancouver|
|Cardero's Restaurant||Brunch||varies||New Brunch Menu every Sunday throughout the year||Starting May 12||Vancouver|
|Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar||Brunch Buffet||$79 adults; $35 children||Grand Buffet||May 12 - 10:30pm to 3pm & 5pm to 10pm||Vancouver|
|Notch 8 @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver||Brunch Buffet||Brunch - $79 adults; $40 children||Grand Buffet||May 12 - 11:30am to 2:30pm||Vancouver|
|Notch 8 @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver||Afternoon High Tea||Afternoon Tea - $99 adult; $40 children||Afternoon Tea and Garden Party||May 12 - 11am or 3pm||Vancouver|
|Bacchus @ Wedgewood Hotel||Brunch||$70 adult; $40 children||3-course brunch||May 12 - 11am or 2pm||Vancouver|
|Diva at the Met @ Metropolitan Hotel||Bruch Buffet||$75 adult; $35 children||May 12 - 10am or 3pm||Vancouver|
|Yew @ Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver||Bruch Buffet||$105 adult; $53 children||May 12 - 9:30am to 2:30pm||Vancouver|
|Market by Jean-Georges @ Shangri-la Hotel||Brunch||$72 per person||May 12||Vancouver|
|Globe @ Fairmont Vancouver Airport YVR||Afternoon High Tea||$69 adult; $35 children||Complimentary 2 hour self parking at YVR parkade||May 11 and 12 - 12pm or 2:30pm||Vancouver|
|Pier 7 @ Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier||Specialty Items||Varies||May 12 - 10am or 2pm||North Vancouver|
|CIBO Trattoria||Specialty Items||Varies||May 12 - 8am to 3pm||Vancouver|
|West Restaurant||Brunch||$59 per person||3-course brunch||May 12||Vancouver|
|Teahouse @ Stanley Park||Brunch||varies||May 12 - 10am or 3pm||Vancouver|
|Botanist Restaurant @ Fairmont Pacific Rim||Brunch Buffet||$98 per person||Every mom will receive a take away gift.||May 12 -||Vancouver|
|Burdock & Co||Brunch Buffet||2-course brunch||May 12 - 10am or 2pm||Vancouver|
|Nami Vietnamese Food Truck||BOGO||varies||Buy one Banh Mi, get one for free||May 12 -||Vancouver|
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If you are looking for different ways to celebrate and ring in Lunar New Years, I am excited to share with you the Year of the Pig themed afternoon tea at H Tasting Lounge at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Coal Harbour neighbourhood. The stylish lounge is offering a Chinese New Year inspired high tea with traditional Chinese dim sum cuisine such as BBQ Pork Puff, Braised Pork Belly Bao, Shrimp Dumpling, Seared Nian Gao, etc. delivered to you on a playful carousel display makes for a photo-worthy table situation.
The Year of the Pig Chinese New Year afternoon tea is available between February 2 to 24th at $55 per person.
H Tasting Lounge features a great tea selection from TEALEAVES. For this particular Lunar New Year, it features two green tea blends from their Fortune Collection: Floral Jasmine Green (fresh mellow overtones with a slightly astringent finish) and the Dragonwell Organic Green (3rd grade Dragonwell with mature tea leaves picked during later spring that is mild tasting with a beautiful pale celadon liquor).
Or option to add Year of the Pig Cocktail. The Year of the Pig cocktail ($16) will be available throughout the remainder of February. The aromatic blend includes Johnnie Walker Black Scotch whisky, golden apple and ginger-infused vodka, Buddha’s hand citron jelly, yellow chrysanthemum tea, and lemon juice.
If you prefer to share your mocktail drinks with your toddler like we did, I highly recommend their Free Spirited Beverages:
Tea & Tonic (red): Tealeaves Mountain Berry Tea, freshly squeeze lemon juice, raspberry syrup, Ms. Betters Bitters green strawberry bitters
Yuzu Spiritz (green): Yuzu syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Ms. Betters Bitters cucumber.
Every afternoon tea set includes cotton candy and scones. It’s hard keeping your hands off it!
- BBQ Pork Puff
- Braised Pork Belly Bao
- Shrimp Dumpling
- Pork Soup Dumpling
- Fried Pork Dumpling
- Ginger Chicken Bao
- Iron Guanyin Shortbread
- Charcoal Lava Bao
- Seared Nian Gao
- Water Chestnut Jelly
We recommend taking photos quickly otherwise dishes will get cold quickly (without a steam basket).
Here’s wishing everyone a great prosperous year of the Pig!!! #豬年好運，恭喜發財，身體健康！
I was invited by H Tasting Lounge for a menu tasting.
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Com Vietnamese is a brand spanking new restaurant in Richmond on the corner of Lansdowne and Alderbridge Way. The 2 story high loft ceiling restaurant is beautiful, bright and well designed by Ste. Marie Design Studio Glasfurd & Walker, who worked together on Coquille, Kissa Tanto, Botanist, Savio Volpe – just to name a few. This modern looking Vietnamese restaurant menu focuses on traditional Southern Vietnamese cuisine – just how Grandma makes it. And in case you were wondering, the name Co’m means “rice” in Vietnamese.
The 75 seater restaurant features tables, booth seats, and bar area with an impressive cocktail program. Come summer 2019 you will also be able to enjoy their 20 seat patio.
Where To Park?
There are plenty of free parking in the Tempo Building off Alderbridge, street parking on Cedarbridge Way, and paid parking at the ORA Building around the corner.
Chả Giò (Pork Spring Roll) 8.50: This crispy spring roll is made with minced pork, carrot, taro, black mushrooms and glass noodles. Served with lettuce, fresh mixed herbs and nước mắm.
Papaya Salad 16.50: This is one of my favourite Vietnamese salads. Loaded with fresh papaya, carrot, lemon, onion, mixed herbs, prawn, pork loin, peanuts and house made dressing. Tangy and sweet with lots of different textures for a great mouth feel.
Thank You, Com Vietnamese for having me as a guest!
Cuisine: Southern Vietnamese Cuisine
Mon 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
7688 Alderbridge Way #120, Richmond, BC V6X 2A2
Phone: (604) 285-2654
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