|Ambiance |||Bistro, Patio Dining, Dining At Bar|
|Meals Served |||Brunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Great Wine List, Notable Chef, Wheelchair Accessible, Counter & Bar Service|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||Buses 009, 099|
|Cross Street |||Alma Street|
|Mon-Sat 5:30PM-late; Sun: 11AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-late|
Profile Last Updated: May 06, 2009
The perfect pairing of wine and food is an art that is celebrated at Pair Bistro. The menu at the restaurant, which gets inspiration from First Nations fare, was built upon the concept that there’s a perfect wine for each dish and they should be enjoyed as a unit. Pair’s spectacular marriages of flavour are made without even leaving the province, with all the wine coming from B.C. wineries and the food sourced from local, organic purveyors whenever possible. Pair is committed to sustainability and works with farmers who share the same values. Another fine pairing is art and food, and in addition to having a changing display of art in the bistro, you can also visit the gallery upstairs before or after your meal.
From Paris to Native Lands
Pair joins a strip of other businesses in a mainly residential area of Point Grey. But something about the restaurant stands out — it looks like it was transplanted from the cobblestone streets of Paris. The adorable building has flower boxes hanging from under the top-floor windows and plenty more greenery on the street-side terrace — a great spot to enjoy a meal in the warmer months. Once inside, the Parisian feel fades and First Nations art is prominent in the rustic room with unfinished wood floors and tables. The hostess podium is a carved-wood creation reminiscent of the totem poles in Stanley Park and tribal masks hang from the walls. A changing display of art that celebrates B.C. heritage also adorns the bistro, which can welcome about 50 diners at once. If you’re dining alone, you can grab one of the seats at the bar and watch the news or the big game on the somewhat out-of-place televisions.
Mouth-watering West Coast
The West Coast menu at Pair encourages leisurely dining. There are more than a dozen “Paritizers” to get you started and with choices like “Coastal Gems” (B.C. oyster cultures), venison cranberry pate and Okanagan Oyama lamb, sharing a few plates is an excellent way to avoid splitting hairs. The main options are just as mouthwatering with an excellent combination of flavours from sea and land, such as Peace Region bison ribs, Wapiti elk medallion and numerous fresh catches from the Pacific. The menu for Sunday brunch is small but thoughtful with choices like organic buckwheat pancakes, a few eggs Bennie options with fresh ocean accompaniments and a list of “earthy bites” to pair with your meal.