Fine seafood

Smack in the middle of downtown Vancouver sits Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail bar, an ideal location for the many hotels and accommodations in the area. It’s a popular eaterie both for lunch and dinner and has an equally popular cocktail bar as well as its Urban Patio Garden in which to enjoy pleasant, temperate evenings.

The first thing to strike me was the elegance, indeed opulence of the surroundings. Art deco meets warm mahogany wood to draw you in, and to cocoon you in comfort. A drink in the art deco cocktail bar makes a good start; especially as the evening I went there was live piano music on the elegant baby grand. You can choose to sit at the bar or relax in one of the comfortable club chairs and peruse the menu.

And what a menu! As the establishment’s name flags up, this is a steakhouse with the addition of some very fine seafood indeed. The beef comes from over the Rockies in Alberta. It is dry-aged for 28-days and then carefully seasoned to bring out that classic steakhouse flavor. All the classic steak cuts are here: Bone-in New York Strip, Petit Filet, Porterhouse Steak, New York Strip and Filet Mignon fight for a place on the page with Double-cut Lamb Chops, a Double-cut Pork Chop and Roasted Stuffed Half Chicken. Add to that some fish and seafood choices, such as Blackened Ahi Tuna done Cajun style, Jumbo Lobster Tail and favorite Steak and Lobster, and it’s hard to make a choice.

The Appetizers section is a good length too with choices on the meat side that include Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio and Steak Tartare, and on the fishy side, amongst others, Oyster Rockefeller, Crab Cake, Fried Calamari and Lobster Bisque. There’s also a good choice of salads, including the restaurant’s own Gotham Tossed Green Salad.

You could also choose to go for the Seafood Tower and amazing range of fruits de mer that include Atlantic lobster, king crab and snow crab from Alaska, and grilled scallops. Wash all the food down with a bottle from the fine wine list, order a mouthwatering dessert and the evening’s complete!