120 W. Hastings St., Gastown
Wildebeest is a Vancouver restaurant intent on defining contemporary Canadian cuisine using the best the land has to offer by way of a decidedly farm-to-table menu. The offering is protein-heavy, but scant on chicken and beef. Expect bison steak, braised goat, and venison lasagna, and a reimagined surf and turf of tender pork belly with seared scallop and pickled daikon. Canadian die-hards will appreciate the Wildebeest iteration of poutine—duck sausage, chicken gravy, and cheese curds. The cavernous space is dark, moody, and romantic, softly lit with table-top tea candles and few candelabras in the same vein as nearby Diamond Bar. While the bar is particularly great for a drink, treat yourself and commit to a long, leisurely dinner.
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