gastown has come a long, long way. only fifteen years ago, this part of vancouver was a no-go-area. streets were lined with dubious establishments and drug trade flourished. spurred on by municipal development policies - and to a lesser extent the pull of vancouver as a creative city - the tide has slowly turned, turning it into a dynamic and buzzing neighbourhood where life is good, very good. happening young businesses continue to pop up, solidifying the gastown's fast-growing reputation as the place to be. one of the new arrivals is blacktail florist, a restaurant with a distinct canadian edge, both in cuisine and in decor.
housed in a historic brick building on water street, it features a minimalist interior design by craig stanghetta of design studio ste. marie. taking cues from british columbia's stunning natural beauty, there's an abundance of light timber, captured in wall panels and simple but highly aesthetic furnishings. the austerity is counterbalanced by a decorative row of art déco windows, containing built-in vitrines playfully filled with wild flowers. blacktail florist's kitchen is headed by jimmy stewart - mind you, he also happens to be co-owner of the place - and features british columbian and canadian cuisine made from the finest ingredients.
the menu lists an abundance of gourmet dishes, all tweaked in innovative ways and reflecting stewart's modern culinary vision. while the number of entrees is elaborate, main course options are concise but varied, featuring both meats and fish. and don't skip dessert, it's equally adventurous and rich in flavours regardless of your choice. and with such meticulously prepared food, there obviously is a wine list to match, drafted by the restaurant's very own sommelier. rather fancy a cocktail? no problem, the barman has got you covered with both classic and signature concoctions. location: 200-332 water street [gastown].