|Ambiance |||Patio Dining, Casual, Dining At Bar|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Great Wine List, Notable Chef, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Pricing |||$41 and more|
|Payment |||MasterCard, Visa|
|Getting There |||Public transit stops on both sides of the block on South Granville|
|Cross Street |||Between 15th and 16th Ave|
|Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5PM – 12AM Lunch: Tuesday-Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 30, 2008
Good taste comes naturally to South Granville. Starting around 5th Avenue, Granville Street is flanked with art galleries, décor stores and fashion boutiques. Capping the 15th Avenue end of this shopper’s stroll, Chow combines a contemporary dining room with a sleek bar lounge. After work, boisterous energy fills the lounge as locals congregate over drinks and designer snacks. The full dinner menu is available in the lounge so that enthusiastic sports fans can stay glued to the bar’s two small flat screens. The lively atmosphere carries into the dining room, where neighbourhood regulars mix with pre-theatre crowds.
Chic in Earth Tones
A minimal esthetic governs the dining area with bare walnut tables and chocolate leather seats on a satin-finished concrete floor. The same dark walnut extends the length of the bar with light travertine facing below. Backless Lem stools cozy up to the bar while roomy white swivel chairs populate the lounge. More earthy tones appear in the lounge’s rich hardwood ceiling and the subway tile accents in the main entryway. At the back, doors lead to a summertime patio, which promises sunny al fresco dining. Natural light from the restaurant’s glass façade warms the whole sleek décor.
Sophisticated West Coast Chow
Chow’s kitchen presents West Coast cuisine starring seasonal, organic ingredients sourced locally. The restaurant’s local suppliers are credited in the menu just after the three main sections: fish and shellfish; meat and poultry; and market vegetables. Carnivores should know that meat is butchered on the premises so different cuts are served each day. A quick flip through the menu reveals green asparagus soup, pan-roasted sablefish and grilled dry-aged beef strip loin to stimulate the appetite. Finishing touches for dessert include pastries and ice cream created in-house, plus a selection of cheeses.
Chow your Thirst
Equal attention is paid to the beverage menu. Over 50 wines from across the globe are stocked, as well as a range of draught and bottled beer. Artfully crafted cocktails like the Blood and Sand or the Earl Grey marteani (mixed with tea) are fresh twists on classic drinks. Organic teas and coffee, French lemonade and home-brewed iced tea provide refreshing nonalcoholic choices.