Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca

Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca is a well established Italian fine dining restaurant in Vancouver. When you think of sophisticated old school fine dining, Lupo Restaurant fits that bill. It’s in a cozy turn of the century heritage home around the Yaletown area. The night life of Yaletown is literally at the footstep but it’s removed enough to feel intimate and hidden in quiet residential neighborhood. This contemporary kitchen serves reinvention and classic take to Italian cuisine.

When you enter the restaurant, it really does feel like you stepped into someone’s heritage mansion. Even though it’s been renovated, you felt the depth and history of the building. As we waited for our friend to arrive, we ordered the signature Lupo bread.

It’s a foccacia like bread topped with cheese, tomato and zucchini with a dash of rosemary and sea salt. It was warm, moist, and fluffy. Not bad for only $5

We felt the need for carbs so we ordered a few decadent pastas to share

The first dish to come was fettucine of preserved black truffle, proscuitto, peas and light cream. We saw ‘truffle’ and knew we had to order it. The fettucine was fresh and nicely al dente. The cream was light and only a hint of it in the pasta as not to cover the already strong flavours coming from the truffle and proscuitto.

Next came the equally decadent creamy lobster ravioli

Tender lobster stuffed ravioli with a drizzle of a half tomato coulis like sauce and half truffle cream sauce.  Once again the ravioli dish was fresh, al dente and the duo sauces complemented each other. I wished we ordered another plate of it.

Of course we ended the night with sharing a dessert, the ever so classic tiramisu

The mascarpone cream was rich and creamy, and not too sweet.  The lady fingers cake layer were nicely soaked with the hint of espresso and Rum.   As you can tell from the picture, there were generous layers of the cream and cake.

In general, the menu lists pretty classic Italian dishes with, of course, West Coast ingredients mixed in.  It’s a lovely restaurant to go to if you want to impress on a first date or to celebrate a nice anniversary.  It’s not a restaurant I would go back often but I might if I want to treat myself and dine in a quiet cozy atmosphere.

Lupo Restaurant + Vinoteca
869 Hamilton Street
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