A delightful dining experience at ARC- Fairmont Hotel, Waterfront (Vancouver, BC)

To celebrate our 8 years of wedding bliss, my hubby and I decided to go out for a nice dinner downtown. Our original plan was to eat at Miku, a very popular Japanese restaurant. When we got there, it was packed and the wait was about an hour. Being that it was already 8pm, we were STARVING! We put our names on the waitlist anyway and decided to take a stroll down the street to see what else was out there.

I looked across the street and noticed a restaurant where my mother had taken us for her birthday many, many years ago. It brought back memories of my earlier years growing up. The restaurant looked nice, like it was recently updated. There was no line up! Score! And it wasn’t busy, meaning we could actually have a conversation and enjoy each other’s company. I said, hubby, let’s try this place. He said are you sure? Typically we found that when restaurant’s aren’t busy, it means the food isn’t good. I said, let’s give it a try.

We were so pleasantly surprised. Eating at ARC was like eating at an Iron Chef episode, where you were one of the guest food connoisseur’s and you had to give your opinion on the food. Every bite was flavourful, robust and just delightful. The service was superb as our waitress was friendly, relaxed, and attentive. She didn’t mind taking photos of us as we enjoyed our massive smorgasbord of deliciousness on a wooden block. The sauces were tasty. The meat was moist and tender. The veggies were just amazing and sweet. Best veggies I’ve ever tasted! Apparently some of the herbs were grown right at he hotel. Even the honey was made on site. It was pretty impressive. Their award winning clam chowder was just out of this world!

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Not only was the food amazing, but there was live music to set the romantic atmosphere. The guitarist played beautifully as he sang oldies that had the guests singing along. If you are looking for a really nice dinner to take your special someone, we definitely recommend this restaurant. The only thing I wish I had done was wear a big comfy hoodie! Man, were we stuffed! The chef got to pick what we ate so it was all a nice surprise. If I could rate our food on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it an 11! (Does that remind you of Jafar from Aladdin? ha ha ha).

I’m so glad that Miku was busy that night. We were meant to end up at ARC that night so we could have a very blissful evening. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to spend our 8th wedding anniversary.

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