It’s hard to believe we’ll be heading back to Toronto in about a month. And just when I was settling back into the swing of things here in Vancouver, revisiting my favorite book shops and discovering amazing new restaurants. At the top of the latter list is Mission on West 4th. I discovered this place while Anthony Lemke was in town, checking it out on the spur of the moment and being completely wowed by the creativity in the kitchen and the depth of the flavor profiles. It’s the type of restaurant that would thrive in more culinary-forward cities like New York or Los Angeles but here in Vancouver, where diners are more interested in bang for your buck fill-your-piehole joints, it’s going to be more of a challenge. Still, Mission is not without its ardent supporters and has been nominated as one of Vancouver’s Best New Restaurants by enRoute Magazine. And no surprise there. It’s farm-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine at its finest.
The man behind the restaurant is Chef Curtis Luk, a former Top Chef Canada finalist and – gotta love this! – big SF fan. Yes, Stargate fans, he’s one of us! And, on our last brunch visit, I enthused about the food and he complimented me on Dark Matter (which he recently binged on Netflix).
One of the things that really stands out for me are – believe it or not – the vegetarian dishes. I know, I know. It sounds crazy coming from me, but it’s true. I could go to Mission, bypass the many wonderful meat-themed plates on the menu, and still leave delightfully, deliciously satisfied.
If you’re in town, check it out. Then head on over and help a fellow geek out by Voting Mission Best New Vancouver Restaurant of 2016.
Hey! Interested in joining our Comic Book Reading Club? We kicked things off this week with our first pick, Dardevil: “Born Again”.
Swing on by and join the discussion!