May 07, 2009
Stella's on Cambie now Open(Directly from the press release.)
Stella’s on Cambie, the freshest offering from Vancouver’s Incendio Group of Restaurants, will open May 11. Serving lunch, dinner and brunch, the new restaurant and bar will celebrate everything local, as part of the revitalization of the Cambie Street corridor.
Stella’s on Cambie will showcase regional fare that’s in-sync with the seasons, influenced by international flavours and enhanced by sumptuous, relaxed surroundings.
A long wooden bar with glimmering taps runs along the entire left side of the room, with a giant fireplace at the back, surrounded by deep leather chairs. Framed by the reclaimed wood floors and walls, the room invites lively conversation or sports viewing. Russet velvet curtains open to reveal a clean, rich copper and brown French bordello-inspired restaurant on the other side, with intimate seating, and vintage light fixtures. And tucked away is a private dining room with a tin roof and a long eight-seat table, which can open up for general seating.
Building on favourites from Stella’s on Commercial Drive, like West Coast-inspired tapas and an extensive moules et frites selection, Stella’s on Cambie will be adding a prix-fixe menu, which can be ordered a la carte. “The food is about the individual ingredients and the people who produce and prepare it,” says Don Farion, a co-owner, who along with Chef Todd Boyer, sourced the suppliers and created the menu.
“Because local, in-season ingredients are freshest and most abundant, they not only have the most taste and smallest footprint, but also offer the best value.” Among many other producers, Stella’s on Cambie will feature several Fraser Valley farmers’ organic, grass-fed meats and poultry, and work with fishermen who will email information about the catch a few days before they dock.
There will be 16 brews on tap, including four Belgian beers not available anywhere else in B.C., and several Canadian microbrews like Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly. All will be poured with the 10-step Belgian method. Complementing the draft offering is the largest selection of bottled Belgian beer anywhere in the city.
The wine list is made up almost entirely of new world wines, particularly B.C. and California, with the odd Chianti thrown in. From Sandhill, Red Rooster, and Wingnut, all will be available by the glass, and meet the restaurant’s philosophy that every wine choice there is a good and affordable one. They’ll also feature a chalkboard, to take advantage of cellar reserves.
Mixologist Daniel Woods, formerly of CinCin and Lift, will be creating cocktails for today drawing on pre-prohibition techniques.
Stella’s on Cambie will offer friendly service, rare brews, and superb food in a lively, comfortable atmosphere.
Stella’s on Cambie: 3305 Cambie at 17th