Nightingale is the causal globe-trotting sibling to David Hawksworth’s posh fine-dining restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. It’s known for a bright, flavourful, modern cuisine, with an emphasis on lovingly prepared vegetables and gourmet pizza, as well as a stellar wine and cocktail program. Takeout options include heat-and-serve meal kits that you can tuck in the freezer until you’re ready to dine (lasagna, seafood chowder, dressings), as well as a wide selection from the regular menu, including pizza, salads, large and small plates (the grilled octopus is a fave), and wine. Pickup and delivery available.
This might be one of the most romantic destinations in the Lower Mainland: a graceful Tudor mansion surrounded by gardens on the shore of Burnaby’s Deer Lake. But what’s on the plate (or in the takeout container) is just as beautiful, and perfect for a special dinner for two. Could anything be lovelier than the orchard salad, with its Okanagan stone fruits and Hannah Brook greens? Or the roasted chicken duo with its chicken “supremo” and filled potato croqueta? There’s also a good selection of starters, sides, sweets and B.C. wines — and even takeout brunch, should the evening continue into the next day. Pickup only.
Consider this a love letter to Vancouver and its culinary evolution. John Bishop was among the first to define what has become our signature style of cooking — passionately local, anchored in European technique, elevated with Asian flavours — and still does it best. After 35 years, he has announced that he will be closing at the end of the year, so savour this taste of the city while you can. Best bet: the set menu for two, which could feature the Salmorejo Soup “Gaspacho,” slow-roasted organic Rossdown Farm chicken breast and classic Death by Chocolate cake. Note that the menu changes frequently, so order within 24 hours of pick-up.