Left Bank, a new restaurant and bar by veteran Vancouver restaurateur John Blakeley is now open at 751 Denman Street in Vancouver’s West End.
Happy hour begins at 4 pm weeknights, followed by dinner nightly; brunch is available weekends and holidays from 10:30 am. Later this month, Left Bank will open for weekday lunch.
Featuring a generous 35 seat patio – a rarity for north Denman and west Robson – the bright and bustling room is punctuated with red Tolix chairs, an icon of French industrial design, alongside living herbs, soft neutral greys, textured white wall tile, natural wood finishes, and clear glass pendant lighting. Large windows that open onto Denman, a long bar, authentic leather banquet and lounge seating create ideal zones for catching up with friends or popping in and enjoying the ambience on one’s own.
In the kitchen, Spencer Watts has expanded his role as executive chef at Left Bank’s sister restaurant, Bistro Pastis. Here, the 2012 World Culinary Olympics Team Canada silver medalist has created a modern French bistro menu with unmistakable influence from the French colonies.
Look for an ample bar menu perfectly suited to the casual room featuring tempura haricot vert, lamb tartar with charamoundi spiced cauliflower and mint pesto, sticky pork ribs, and black sesame pomme frites, alongside freshly shucked oysters. Left Bank’s dinner menu offers appetizers of crispy pork belly with fresh plums, soubise and chickpea, as well as de rigour steamed mussels with red curry coconut and fresh lime. For mains there’s five-spice duck confit, vegetarian tagine, sockeye salmon with summer peas and Lyonnais potato and lemongrass cream, as well as a thoughtful offerings that will appeal to children and parents alike.
Many menu items are available to take away for picnics in the park. Left Bank is a casual restaurant with price points to match. The bar menu starts at $2.50 per item and steak frite tops out at $22.
Front of house, the team is led by restaurant manager Guillaume Cagna, who extends Blakeley’s brand of genial hospitality with natural Parisian grace in the very Vancouver room. Wines are predominantly French with ample by the glass and rose selections, as well as exclusively craft beer choices, and a curated selection of sparkling, long and classic cocktails.
Left Bank offers $5 wine from 4pm to 6pm, $8 cocktails on Tuesdaynights; and $10 corkage on #WineWednesday.