Iconic Vancouver restaurants – The Teahouse at Stanley Park

I’ve been eating out in Vancouver for over 40 years (yes, yes, I know that’s unbelievable, but it’s true). And in that time, I’ve seen restaurants come and go, but there are restaurants that, at least to me, celebrate the best Vancouver has to offer – beautiful settings, terrific, friendly service, and food that you just can’t forget. Not all that long ago, I shared a recipe from another (now sadly closed) iconic Vancouver restaurant – Il Giardino. So here’s another one for you.

I don’t think I can remember the first time I went to the Teahouse, but I do know it was a very long time ago. What’s odd and also wonderful about The Teahouse now is that it’s not all that much different than it was all those years ago.

The view to the west to the Pacific Ocean and across to Vancouver Island

The view to the west to the Pacific Ocean and across to Vancouver Island

Of course, the view is the same, the gardens are the same, and even though the staff is younger, they’re still as friendly and gracious as they’ve always been.The food is lovely – the menu quite lean but very very West Coast. As you can see from the cover, not much has changed over the years.

The menu shows what it looked like years ago - not all that much different

The menu shows what it looked like years ago – not all that much different

We split a Cobb salad to start – and it might have been the best Cobb salad ever. Fresh Dungeness crab and hand peeled shrimp, avocado, yellow peppers, a hard-boiled egg – and everything was beautifully presented and perfectly cooked. Then we split halibut and chips. Oh, yeah, and I forgot the wine. I had a couple of glasses of a fine Prosecco and Susannah had a half bottle of a British Columbia Pinot Gris, from the Kettle Valley Winery. She had to drive home so she had one glass, and the server wrapped up the bottle and sent it home with her.

We split a cheesecake, also terrific, to celebrate our birthdays.

Birthday cheesecake

Birthday cheesecake

Kate and Susannah celebrating our birthdays

Kate and Susannah celebrating our birthdays

So here we are – my Aunt Susannah (my mom’s baby sister and actually a year younger than me) and me, enjoying our birthday dinner.

If you’re coming to Vancouver, this is a place you’re going to want to try.

Kate

 

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