Edgemont Village in North Vancouver has a new spot for a nice meal. Canyon has taken over the old Edge Bistro location, and created an upscale place that embraces West Coast modern in food and surroundings. I immediately felt the influence of Bishops in the colours and lighting, which is no surprise as Chef Scott Kidd has spent time in the kitchen there. In fact, Kidd has quite the resume when it comes to West Coast food – Le Gavroche, Raincity Grill, Araxi and Lift all feature – as well as starting out at Sooke Harbour House. Clearly, this new North Shore restaurant is worth adding to your list of where to eat in Vancouver.
Where to Eat in Vancouver: New North Shore Restaurant
When we arrived for lunch nearly on the dot of noon, the place was a quarter full. Halfway through our meal, every table was filled. Many people stopped to check out the menus posted outside, so I would say it’s a safe bet that it will be quite busy in the evenings as well. I would book ahead. There was one table with two children when we arrived, and I would have felt comfortable bringing my three-year-old son there for brunch or lunch for a special occasion. The service was on the slow side, so if you’ve got a fidgeter, as I do, be prepared with distractions aplenty.
I had the special sandwich, a chicken BLT, and my husband picked the burger. I was tempted to have the same, but wavered at the last moment. How I wish I hadn’t! The BLT was serviceable if uninspired looking on the plate, but the bread was distinctly grocery store. I felt like I could have saved myself the trouble and made it myself. However, the french fries sharing the plate were a different matter entirely. What a joy – crisp on the outside, perfectly fluffy inside, cooked in a good fat of some sort.
Perfect Eggs Benedict and Singing Beef
My husband’s burger, on the other hand, is definitely something I have never managed to create at home. Beautifully juicy and thick, with a perfect bun, the quality of the beef sang out. I kept sneaking bites when he left the table. We plumped for a side of the truffle mayo mentioned elsewhere on the menu and it was heavenly with the fries.
I peered at everyone else’s plates and spied some perfect eggs Benedict at the table next to us. It became obvious I might have picked the only dud on the menu. We’ll definitely be back for brunch or lunch with family, it would be a great place to get a few generations together for a nice meal. If you’re in the area, it’s a good answer for where to eat in Vancouver.
Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.