If you go back to the days of fine dining in Vancouver, a few decades and the time of the two martini lunch, you would have had few places to choose from if you were looking to “dine” in your hotel. The old school cocktail bars ruled the day with places like the Timber Club in the Hotel Vancouver and Isy’s Supper Club.
Hy’s Encore was the only place for steak and long gone now are the William Tell, Umberto’s and my own personal favourite the Dev Seafood House.
Fast forward to 2011 and the much anticipated opening of Hawksworth Restaurant. Vancouver had been pining for a successor to Rob Feenie’s Lumière and locals were not disappointed.
A bold move to open in, or as, a hotel restaurant, not usually known for fine dining.
Vancouver has it’s share of upscale, luxury hotels but their restaurants aren’t on the top of the list when you’re choosing a restaurant that both impresses and satisfies the most discriminating foodie.
I think of places like Seattle and San Francisco with fabulously luxurious hotels featuring wide open lobbies and elegant lounges, but again not where a foodie is likely to dine.
So now it’s 2016 and Vancouver abounds with excellent restaurants that cover the gambit of cuisine to satisfy locals and visitors alike.
Is there room for yet another hotel restaurant? For the answer to that question I chatted with Robert Stelmachuk, Sommelier at the yet to open Mott 32 in the Trump International Hotel and Tower.
Stelmachuk points out that although Vancouver has an abundance of Chinese restaurants none are of the caliber of the Hong Kong based Mott 32.
With an anticipated opening of this November preparations are well under way. A number of the chefs that will rule in the Vancouver kitchen of Mott 32 spent four months under the tutelage of Executive Chef Lee Man Sing in Hong Kong.
The cuisine will be authentic, not fusion, with ingredients locally sourced. Take for example the duck, which will be raised to the exacting standards of the restaurant, at a farm in the Fraser Valley and delivered fresh daily so that the quality of the Beijing Duck is consistent.
Many of the dishes will be sumptuously rich and flavourful with a myriad of spices. Each dish uniquely different from the next.
The traditional cuisine is meant to be shared which means that diners will be tasting an abundance of flavours stimulating a sensory impression on the palate.
For many this mix of a profusion of tastes will be a new encounter, and if the tantalizing images are any example, an outstanding experience.
The challenge for Stelmachuk is definitely demanding – building a wine cellar that will compliment the extraordinary dishes that will be featured on the Mott 32 menu.
Stelmachuk will be tasked with teaching us the variations of wine pairing that will suit even the most discriminating diner.
At the same time Stelmachuk tells me that there will be consideration taken of the value factor. Mott 32 will be a fine dining experience that may stretch the budget for some. That doesn’t mean you will have to forgo the pleasure of a total exposure of the pairing of wine and food.
Yes there will be high end wines on their list but you should also expect to find affordable options to match the traditional cuisine.
Stelmachuk is cognizant of the difficulties he faces in building his ideal wine list but he is confident he will win you over whether your selection is a $12 glass or a $20 glass.
If anyone can achieve this goal it will be Stelmachuk who has achieved the Advanced level with the Court of Master Sommelier’s and he is preparing for the final level in 2017, one of only three sommeliers in Vancouver to hold this distinguished honour.
Wine Director, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Vancouver
Robert Stelmachuk is the Sommelier for Trump International Hotel & Tower® Vancouver and for Mott 32 Vancouver. With a distinguished scholastic pedigree that includes The International Sommelier Guild (ISG), The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and Grand Prix du Sopexa he is currently in pursuit of the coveted Master Sommelier (MS) designation with the Court of Master Sommeliers. After having successfully completed the Advanced level he is currently preparing for the final step next year.
With 25 years in hospitality, Robert has crafted some of the country’s best wine programs including Market by Jean George, le Crocodile, Chambar, Blue Water Café and Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar. In addition he was the Director of Wine Education at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The challenge of crafting a wine list for the succulent diversity of the Chinese food that Mott 32 will offer is a dream job for Robert. He is thrilled to be part of the Mott 32 team and bringing unprecedented dining experiences to Vancouver.
Robert plans to create pinnacle wine programs to captivate guests in each venue. His wine lists will be of distinction that utilize an all access approach and constantly be evolving.
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MOTT 32 – Chinese Fine Dining
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