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January 21, 2010
Prestons Restaurant to Open in Vancouver's Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

( Edited from the press release .)

Offering a wide selection of traditional west coast cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian flavours, Prestons restaurant opened on January 15, 2010, as the culinary anchor in the new Coast Coal Harbour Hotel (1177 West Pender).

Under the guiding hand of Restaurant Chef Alessandro Vianello, the menu will feature Northwest cuisine. Intro Plates include: Seared Diver Scallop & Sweet Prawn Gyozas , Hoisin & Star Anise Glazed Pork Ribs as well as Beef Carpaccio with White Truffle Drizzle . Featured bowls include Steamed West Coast Mussels in Cilantro Chilli Coconut Broth , and Wild Mushroom Ravioli .  Entree-size dishes range in price from $13 to $26 and include Traditional Pad Thai with Chicken, Prawns & Tofu , Grilled Chicken and Triple Cream Brie Sandwich on Cranberry Bread with Sweet Onion Confit , Rustic Prosciutto Filon , Pancetta & Okanagan Chevre Stuffed Chicken , Espresso & Fig Braised Lamb Shank , Szechuan Peppercorn Crusted Ahi , Wild BC Salmon with Putanesca Sauce and Prestons' signature Fraser River Stone Steak .

To complement the menus international flavors, Prestons wine list includes popular favourites from B.C. as well as select pours from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, California, Oregon, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile.  Cocktails include "Prestons' Pimms Punch Pitcher", "Pepper Me Pink", a sweet and slightly spicy mixture of crushed strawberries, spiced rum, ginger ale and pink peppercorns, the Paper Boy, a concoction of crushed blueberries, fresh mint, cassis, blueberry liqueur, gin and apple juice, along with new twists on the classics.

Topping off the menu is a selection of desserts including a Chocolate Lychee Sundae , Rustic Peach Pie , and Vanilla Cheesecake with Honey Balsamic Strawberries .

Prestons provides a modern atmosphere with red interior finishes in colours of rich chocolate brown, grey, silver, black and red. It offers a combination of mixed media an subtle mood lighting. With seating for 105 guests, Prestons' street level features 10 private booths and an 18-foot long, solid cypress, communal table (weighing one metric tonne), surrounded by sleek, red leather chairs set against a backlit abstract wall mural depicting Vancouver's cityscape.  The long, stone counter bar with seating for 12 guests is set against a backdrop of three-dimensional "Modular Art" panels. The 2,200 square-foot restaurant's upper dining area includes six private booths and open seating for 16 providing a more intimate dining setting.

This is the second Prestons restaurant to open in the Lower Mainland.  Prestons in the Coast Chilliwack Hotel opened in August 2009.

Prestons is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to midnight daily.

For more information, call 604-673-2173.

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