The legendary Michelin guide unveiled its first selections in Vancouver this week, awarding coveted stars to eight restaurants in the city.
The eight selected restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and dining experiences, but one thing they have in common is price.
All restaurants have three or four dollar symbols next to their listing in the guide, indicating the most expensive offerings.
Of course, saving money isn’t the point of dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The goal is to have a memorable and delicious experience.
With that in mind, CTV News Vancouver looked at the most and least expensive menu items at each of the city’s new Michelin-starred restaurants, according to their websites in late October 2022, when the guide was announced.
For five of the eight locations, the most and least expensive items are arguably the same, since these restaurants exclusively offer prix-fixe tasting menus. Still, optional drinks and extras at some of these places can significantly increase the price.
Located on West 1st Avenue in Kitsilano, AnnaLena offers a set menu that changes regularly. The price is $88 per person and there is no indication on the restaurant’s website that it offers a la carte dishes.
The menu on offer at the time of the Michelin Guide announcement included five courses, including poached mussels, roasted carrot agnolotti and a choice of flank steak or rainbow trout.
The restaurant’s wine list is not displayed online, but its website lists a corkage fee of $40 per 750 milliliter bottle.
Barbara’s prix fixe tasting menu is $70 per person for three courses.
The Chinatown restaurant offers a variety of cocktails, wines and spirits, which produce the cheapest and most expensive items. The first is a small $6 serving of Cynar, an Italian appetizer. The latter is a bottle of Le Vieux Pin Syrah “Equinoxe” for $180.
A dish at the Barbara restaurant. (photo: Patrick Hennessy)
Burdock & Co.
Burdock & Co. offers a five-course tasting menu for a fixed price of $89 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $65.
Guests at the Mount Pleasant establishment also have the option of adding dishes to their meal, the cheapest of which is a Buttermilk Fried Rabbit for $22, and the most expensive is the Northern Divine Caviar with tater tots on the side. tarragon and fresh cream for $65.
iDen & QuanJuDe Duck House in Beijing
While iDen & QuanJuDe Beijing Duck House offers several prix-fixe dinner menus, none of them cost more than the most expensive dish on the menu: a whole king crab for just under $1,000.
The menu says this offering is “over eight pounds” and comes in two courses. Michelin’s anonymous reviewers mention it in their summary of this Cambie Street location of a Beijing restaurant whose roots date back to 1864.
On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest item on the dinner menu at iDen & QuanJuDe Beijing Duck House is white jasmine rice for $3, although that’s obviously not a viable option for a meal. The cheapest option that could conceivably serve as dinner on its own is probably the Organic Pork Meatball in Soup, for $15 per person.
There’s also a lunch menu, which offers dim sum dishes at lower prices, including a Taiwanese braised pork bun for $5.99. The most expensive lunch items listed on the website are only $30: Mapo tofu with minced wagyu and garlic steamed scallops and egg tofu each cost the same.
A dish at iDen & QuanJuDe Beijing Duck House (photo: Ken Huang)
Tanto of cat
Just a block west of Barbara on East Pender Street, Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant Kissa Tanto offers fried stuffed olives for $9.
The cheapest offering that could conceivably serve as a meal, however, is probably the octopus salad or the fish crudo, each available for $24 and are technically an appetizer. The cheapest entrée is the Tajarin — a pasta dish with butter, roasted mushrooms and miso-dried egg yolk — for $33.
The most expensive starter is the charcoal udon, which is served with Dungeness crab, prawns, squid, marinated gem tomatoes and Calabrian chili butter and costs $49. There is also a fried whole fish at “market price”, which could be more expensive. http://www.kistanto.com/
Kissa Tanto also has an extensive drinks menu, with the priciest item being a bottle of Antinori “Solaia” 2004, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany that can be had for $1,170.
Masayoshi specializes in omakase, the Japanese tradition of daily chef-selected sushi menus that change depending on what’s fresh.
Dinner at Fraser Street Restaurant costs $195 per person and includes an appetizer, about 10 nigiri sushi, miso soup, and dessert. A $50 deposit is required to make a reservation.
Masayoshi specializes in omakase, the Japanese tradition of daily chef-selected sushi menus that change depending on what’s fresh. (photo: Leila Kwok)
Posted on Main
Another Mount Pleasant restaurant, Posted on Main, offers homemade chips and dip for $8.
The cheapest menu item that might suffice for one meal is fried broccoli with a miso glaze, pine nuts and a nashi pear for $19.
The most expensive item on the menu is Fraser Valley duck breast with duck confit and a chanterelle and Jerusalem artichoke pie, which costs $55.
However, all of the food offerings are blown away by the most expensive wine on the menu, which is a bottle of pinot noir from Domaine Armand Rousseau for $598.
Located on Powell Street in the neighborhood sometimes called Railtown, St. Lawrence offers a seven-course tasting menu with a choice of starter, main course and dessert for $89 per person.
Guests can add Oreilles de crisse – fried pork rinds with maple and Montreal spices – for $11. Other optional courses include snails for $18 and choux pastry stuffed with duck liver mousse for $19.
The Quebec restaurant does not have a drink menu on its website.
GOURMET BIB OPTIONS
For those looking for a more affordable dining experience, the Michelin guide has also awarded 12 restaurants its “Bib Gourmand” designation, which indicates “good food at reasonable prices.”
According to Michelin, these are restaurants where you can have two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for less than $60.
The complete list of Bib Gourmand restaurants in Vancouver can be found here.
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