DINING | Ancora Waterfront Dining & Patio

1600 Howe St #2, Vancouver, BC

Ancora Waterfront Dining & Patio is situated  along the Seabreeze Walk at the end of Howe Street (at the former C Restaurant) providing guests with panoramic views of False Creek. They have revamped the dated location to a modern and upscale dining experience. ‘Tiffany blue’ hues and neutral is seen through out the restaurant reflects an elegant and serene setting.

Ancora Dining & Waterfront offers guests a dining experience inspired by Peruvian and Japanese cuisine with a mix of The Pacific North West-featuring sustainable seafoods and locally and International sourced ingredients.


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PISCO SOUR

We started with the national drink of Peru, served shaken with egg white, citrus, sugar, and topped with aromatic bitters. Pisco is a grape spirit, similar to an unaged brandy. Distilled to proof, much of the flavour of the grape is carried through to the bottled spirit.

We also ordered SAILOR’S MOON (not shown)- hangar one lime leaf vodka, plum sake, millet and moondog bitters.

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SLOW POACHED TROUT

Amuse – Slow poached trout on potato blini and chive crème fraiche. A beautiful dish and a great start to dinner.

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CEVICHE
Course 1 – Ceviche tasting, tiradito style, scallop and prawns with a harissa crema, edamame beans, and jalapeño. This was an absolute delight to eat; the scallop and shrimp was fresh and the crema paired well.
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LOBSTER RISOTTO

Course 2 – Nova Scotia lobster risotto, yellow foot mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, and preserved lemon. The risotto was my favourite of the evening. Filled with lots of lobster pieces and the crispy brussels sprouts added a nice crunch factor. This did not disappoint.

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HALIBUT

Course 3 – First Halibut of the season, Haida Gwaii Halibut, kohlrabi puree, smoked chayote, jicama peach salsa. The fish was seasoned and cooked perfectly; seared exterior and tender inside.

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PICARONES
Dessert – Picarones, yam and sweet potato doughnut, dulce de leche, spiced ice cream. This Peruvian donut was such a treat to eat. It was light and airy and paired very with the  dulce de leche and spiced ice cream; a sweet ending to my meal.

If you’re looking for a upscale dining experience with a modern and elegant feel than Ancora is the place.  They offer an extensive wine and drink list with knowledgeable staff.

Overall I was very happy with my dinner experience. Everything was beautifully presented, and tasted great.  The chef tasting menu that we had was $70 per person (excluding the liquor).  The only negative was I found the portions a bit on the small size. Other than that, I would come back again.

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