|Cuisine Type |||French|
|Ambiance |||Fine Dining|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Great Wine List, Must Reserve, Notable Chef, Prix Fixe Menus, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Cross Street |||Haro Street|
|Mon - Fri Lunch: 11:30AM – 2PM, Dinner: 6PM – 10PM, Saturday 6PM to 10PM Closed Sunday|
Profile Last Updated: January 28, 2009
A charming French dining room tucked away off the city’s main shopping artery, Saveur is owned and operated by seasoned chef and owner, Stephane Meyer and his wife, Nathalie. The couple pride themselves on “l’art de la table” and strive to share their knowledge of fine food and wine in a welcoming and unpretentious environment. Saveur has an impressive selection of modestly-priced world wines, and 10 choices of dessert wines are available by the glass, and they often open the doors of its wine cellar to host wine-tasting events. The restaurant was created in 2004 and since has received praise from several local critics and a nod from the Zagat dining bible.
Dim lights, dancing candles, clinking wine glasses and modern French music set the scene at Saveur. Crisp, white linens cover the expertly set tables in the intimate dining room. A 20-foot Douglas fir table in the middle of the room offsets the formal setting and adds a French farmhouse feel. This communal “Harvest Table” is reserved for people taking themselves out for dinner in the hope that they’ll enjoy the company of other soloists. Burgundy and rust colours, hardwood floors and suede-covered chairs and booths give Saveur a warm, welcoming feel. A raised lounge area, separated from the dining room by soft, translucent curtains, is a nice place to wait in the busy restaurant. The area can also be transformed into a private dining area for groups of about 20. The entire restaurant can be booked for private parties of up to 60 guests.
Saveur’s menu changes every six to eight weeks as Stephane Meyer flexes his food creativity. Some of the dishes may carry over to the next menu, but there are no staples. Saveur prides itself on using the freshest seasonal ingredients, grown locally when possible. Saveur’s three-course prix-fixe menu is often touted as the best dining deal in town. Here’s a flavour of what Meyer creates: Seared Quebec foie gras with quince compote, red onions, toasted brioche and balsamic syrup for a first course and seared Albacore tuna with crab spinach ravioli and lemon salsa as a second. Original desserts are sure to tempt you — think orange crème brûlée with cocoa pecan biscotti. There’s even a selection of homemade sorbets. For an unforgettable dining experience in exquisite French Cuisine come and savour the flavours of Saveur.
Tip: Reservations recommended for lunch, and a must for dinner.