Places to Eat in Vancouver – Nightingale

Prepare to be amazed.  Prepare to be surprised.  Prepare to be stuffed.

The newly opened Nightingale, the second Vancouver restaurant for storied local hero David Hawksworth, is open for business.  And business is good.  Located in a fantastic location in the new Oxford Properties MNP Tower on Hastings, the sumptuous interior and incredible showcase bar set the stage for the main attraction – the food.  Built around a collection of rustic pizzas and pastas, the menu features dozens of creative appetizers and mains which feature the best of British Columbia’s meat & veg.

Start off with the the oven-roasted cauliflower, garnished with green harissa.  Or try the succulent grilled broccolini – a bit spicy, but easily tamed with  a pint of the soothing house Nighting-Ale.  Surprise your taste buds with the English pea and fava bean toast.  The appetizers are carefully thought out to provide various flavours, textures, and layers to start off your dining experience.  Mix.  Match.  Share.

Lovely crispy fried chicken

Lovely crispy fried chicken

Spicy grilled broccolini

If pizza is your jam, Nightingale features a “Pizza Maestro” to produce quality pies.  We sampled the wonderfully simple Buffalo mozzarella san marzano.  Perfectly fired, simply dressed, the crust has just the right amount of elasticity and chew to make eating it a life-changing experience.  The roasted mushroom and new potato pizza brings an aromatic earthiness to the table.  The asparagus, taleggio, and egg pizza looked and smelled amazing, but was devoured by my table-mates before I got a taste.

From table to tummy in 30 seconds

From table to tummy in 30 seconds

Pasta?  Let’s not forget the pasta.  Featuring tuna, pork belly, prociutto, rabbit and halibut, there is enough variety here to suit just about everyone.  We tried the rabbit casarecce with rapini and white wine.  Succulent and juicy portions of rabbit were perfectly tender and slightly gamey.  The sauce was creamy and rich, but not too rich to overpower the flavour of the rabbit.  Really surprising, and a great share dish.

Delicious rabbit in white wine sauce

Delicious rabbit in white wine sauce

Great teamwork evident in the gleaming open kitchen

Great teamwork evident in the gleaming open kitchen

Oh yes...it works!

Oh yes…it works!

 

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