Informal hotspot highlights rotisserie, local producers, distillers and craft beer-makers
Upscale comfort food, local micro beer and regional spirits are the focus of The Westin Bayshore’s new H2 Rotisserie & Bar. Now open, the thoroughly modern restaurant and bar, with its unrivalled location on Vancouver’s iconic seawall, replaces both Seawall Bar & Grill and Currents Restaurant, and imbues the centre of the hotel with renewed vitality.
With 162 seats inside and 70 outside in its garden patio, H2 entices diners with the scent of spice-rubbed Abbotsford chickens roasting on its rotisserie and then seduces them with its menu that offers new spins on classic dishes, with inventive uses for regional ingredients. Signature dishes include a Tomahawk for Two, Sea to Fork Linguine, West Coast Crab Cakes, Pulled Chicken Hot Wing Sliders and Golden Ears Cheesecrafter Fried Cheese Curds.
Guests can choose from a variety of sixteen local craft beers on tap and in bottles, along with BC distilled liquors and an exclusively BC wine list, while taking in the entertaining hustle and bustle of an open kitchen. H2 is also introducing such community-making traditions as Al Fresco Long Table Dinners, weekly Sunday Suppers, and chef-led cooking classes.
“What a great change of pace for us here at the hotel,” says Chef Mike Reid, a longtime Westin sous-chef who has crafted the H2 menu offerings. “It’s great fun to work in an open kitchen on a new menu under The Westin Bayshore’s renowned Executive Chef, Kamal Silva, and make the most of the incredible products Vancouver has to offer. The informality of H2 will be a treat for businesspeople, families and groups of friends who gather here, whether they live in Vancouver or are guests of the hotel.”
Caitlin Mark – a former Senior Sous Chef at Burgoo – is taking the helm at H2 as Restaurant Chef, overseeing the day-to-day kitchen operations and ensuring guest satisfaction.
“We have such an incredible location, ideally situated at the edge of Stanley Park, overlooking Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains,” says The Westin Bayshore’s General Manager, Martin L. Leclerc. “And now we have this stylish, inviting spot, with imaginative cuisine, craft beers galore and locally distilled liquors for our mixologists to play with. We’re proudly welcoming people in – we want to show off H2.”
H2 is named for the pairs of things that are integral to the vibe of the Rotisserie & Bar: Heat (from the rotisserie) & Hops (from the beer), Hoots & Hollers (from joyful guests), and Heights & Harbour (visible through the windows).
H2 Rotisserie & Bar
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver (lobby level)
1601 Bayshore Drive
Hours of Operation: 6:30 am to 12:30 am
Happy Hour (daily): 3 to 5 pm and 10 pm to close
About The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Located adjacent to Stanley Park along picturesque Coal Harbour, The Westin Bayshore is an ideal destination for business and leisure guests. The hotel’s 499 spacious guest rooms and suites feature stunning views over the water and the city. The resort-inspired property features Western Canada’s largest hotel conference centre, the Vida Wellness full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and new restaurant, H2 Rotisserie & Bar. Signature offerings include the Westin Heavenly Bed and Bath, WestinWORKOUT, and Breathe Westin. westinbayshore.com