YEW Restaurant + Bar is Vancouver's premiere OceanWise supporting restaurant where fresh seafood is married with perfect flavors and kissed with delightful wine pairings. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, this restaurant is conveniently located in Vancouver's downtown core and is easily accessible.
Chef Ned Bell took the reigns in August of 2011 and has been doing a tremendous job working with the team and has turned YEW into one of (if not the) Vancouver's best sustainable seafood restaurants. Vancouver is fortunate to have a number of delicious seafood focused restaurants, but YEW really hooks, lines and sinks each dish with creativity and remains environmentally conscious with what they're plating. They also like to focus on using what's in season and local where they can, which keeps the kitchen and diners' taste buds on their toes by introducing new dishes every few months.
They recently launched a new menu that's chock-full of luscious dishes that should be available until the spring. These new dishes are comforting and just what the doctor ordered for the cooler months that lay ahead. On the menu you will find sustainably farmed seafood like Rainbow Trout, Icy Waters Arctic Char, hand-line caught Ling Cod and Sablefish, and two-pound lobsters that taste delicious and won't hurt our ecosystem.
Cornmeal crusted oysters — Photo courtesy of YEW Restaurant + Bar (Facebook)
Start your meal by chowing down on crispy cornmeal-crusted oysters that are served with a White Anchovy aioli, pickled fennel and a fresh chimichurri sauce. Move onto the Sablefish that's known for its naturally buttery flavor and sumptuous texture, served with asparagus, celery root puree, oyster mushrooms and finished with a balsamic onion vinaigrette. Still have room to squeeze in a little dessert? Don't miss their Vista Doro apple pie with Farmhouse cheddar cheese ice cream made by Pasty Chef, Bruno Feldeisen. The pasty is exquisite and the tart apple filling is sweetened with the subtle flavors of the ice cream.
Succulent Sablefish — Photo courtesy of YEW Restaurant + Bar (Facebook)
Bar manager, Justin Taylor, has also spiced up the cocktail menu to feature drinks that will warm you from the inside out. Well, the booze will. YEW is known for crafting creative cocktails and is a favorite spot for locals to grab an after work cocktail. Tis the season, after all.
Wine enthusiasts will be impressed by Emily Walker's wine program she runs at YEW. This young sommelier is passionate and knows her bottles. She has created a solid list of wine that will please more traditional palates and excite those that are eager to try new wines they haven't had before. She also introduced an enomatic program that preserves opened wine and allows two, four or six ounce pours so that you can try a few without having to commit to an entire glass or bottle.