Holiday Menus, Parties, Catering and Team Member Updates
After a bustling summer season, the team at Kitsilano’s popular AnnaLena restaurant gears up for entertaining during the festive holiday season. New this year is a family-style holiday tasting menu, restaurant buy-outs, private catering and a sparkly New Year’s Eve tasting menu.
Family-Style Tasting Menu
For those looking to share the full AnnaLena dining experience with loved ones, guests can now put their night in the hands of our wonderful kitchen team and try Chef Michael Robbins’ favourite dishes with AnnaLena’s Family Style Tasting Menu.
*Menu subject to change:
oyster, compressed apple, jalapeño mignonette
shaved foie gras
roasted beers, charred labneh, pickled apple, candied pistachio, sumac
buttermilk fried chicken, sesame dash aioli, pickled radish
mussels off the shell, garlic cream, tarragon oil, torn bread
soy ginger pork belly, savoury oats, smoked carrot puree, baby turnip
beef bavette, wild mushrooms, charred broccoli, celeriac puree, sherry shallot jus
chocolate bar, hazelnut praline, hibiscus honey, tonka bean creamsicle
wine pairings available $54
For those looking to share the AnnaLena experience for this year’s corporate holiday party, buy-outs are perfect for larger groups with a capacity of 70 guests for a cocktail style reception or 50 seated guests. AnnaLena will help created the perfect event for your group. The family-style tasting menu is a great option for a sit-down dinner.
Sample Cocktail Reception Menu:
kusshi oyster, jalapeno, shaved foie gras
kusshi oyster, buttermilk, tarragon oil, pickled shallot
parmesan tapioca chip, charred eggplant, tomato compote
bison tartar, puffed beef tendon
chickpea panisse, harissa mayo
humble squid, rice chip, togarashi mayonnaise
beef tongue croque madame
duck pate, sourdough, pear gel, pickled mustard seeds
roasted beet and burrata
butternut squash tortellini, shaved black truffle
ginger soy pork belly, scallion relish
buttermilk fried chicken, shisito peppers
house torn bread
For an ultimate intimate AnnaLena experience in the comfort of your own home or private venue, Chef Michael Robbins and his team are available for a limited number of private catering dates .For this intimate experience AnnaLena is able to accommodate a maximum of 12 guests. For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Parr at email@example.com
New Year’s Eve 2017
Celebrate the end of another great year with a night at AnnaLena! This year the team will be offering a set $94 tasting menu for the whole night. For bookings, please contact the restaurant directly. Reservations are now available.
What is better for that last minute Christmas treat than a gift certificate for an AnnaLena dinner experience? Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be ordered online and delivered or picked up at the restaurant.
Bar Manager Kevin Brownlee Sets Course in a New Direction
As the seasons change so has AnnaLena’s front of house management team. After an extended leave, which included some time overseas, AnnaLena’s opening Bar Manager Kevin Brownlee has decided to take the next step in his career and take a break from the bar. Here are some words from Mr. Brownlee:
“A life of adventure, exploring my curiosities and fulfilling an inherent need for discovery has taken me to many wondrous places in this big beautiful world.
With this, I am excited to announce that I have accepted the role as Bacardi’s Portfolio Ambassador for BC. A new set of responsibilities and a commitment to the craft I love can only bring great things for the people I work with and I look forward to the challenges ahead.Huge thanks to my boys Jeff Parr and Michael Robbins for giving me the opportunity and platform to create success together as the Bar Manager at AnnaLena. You both bring so much creativity and dedication, patience to the game and I’m grateful that you both recognized my potential, because we accomplished so much in our time together. Thank you.
And to all those along the way who’ve lent an ear, shared their wisdom, given me any advice, sat down at that bar, you know that each moment has been spent genuinely in our time together.My trade is bartender. My passion is people.”
We wish Kev the best of luck in his new role and hope to see him back behind the bar for the odd guest shift soon!
Same Day Reservations at Vancouver’s TOP Restaurants
Vancouverites love to wait until the last minute to make a booking and finding a good seat at some of the best rooms in town can prove to be a little tricky. Luckily a team of restaurant pros from Montreal have come up with a solution that solves a number of problems for both sides.
Kyle Nares of Garde Manger, Le Bremner, Montreal was sick and tired of the number of guests that would “no-show” for the reservation they’d made that evening. Being in a low foot traffic part of town the bookings would quickly expire as it was difficult to get them filled in such short notice. In pursuit of a solution he created a brand new app, DINR.
DINR lets restaurants post tables that are available for TONIGHT only! Whenever a last minute spot opens up, DINR will send a notification that the table has become available and guests can grab it right away via the app itself. It also allows the restaurant to have a bit more flexibility on seating times and specific tables. We love having the opportunity to put some bar seats on there to get snatched up too.
For more information and background from the team at DINR.
AnnaLena Holiday Hours
Seven days a week 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Closed December 24 – 28 // January 1 – 2
Reservations can be made at www.annalena.ca
Named to honour Chef Michael Robbins’ two grandmothers, AnnaLena is about imagination, creativity and possibility – combining modern Canadian cooking, creativity and innovation, with seamless service in one of Vancouver’s favourite neighbourhoods. Since opening its doors in the coveted Kitsilano area in March 2015, AnnaLena has quickly become both a neighbourhood and critics favourite.
AnnaLena was included in enRoute Magazine as the sixth best new restaurants in the country and earned the Air Canada enRoute People’s Choice award in its first year. AnnaLena was also named to Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants two years running, and was included in the top three of Best New Restaurants in the 2016 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards following a glowing review in 2015. Robbins also won Best Chef and Best New Restaurant in the 2016 Golden Plate Awards in the Georgia Straight. With a clear focus on its vision and a committed and talented team, the best is yet to come for AnnaLena.
For more information on AnnaLena and Chef Mike Robbins and team, please visit www.annalena.ca or on Facebook, Twitter and Insta