Cherry blossoms, new lunch menus, and a pop-up Passover dinner

Provence Marinaside is holding its ninth annual Poisson d’Avril, a month-long celebration of everything fishy and fun. As part of the celebrations, the restaurant will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $57 per person. Options include seabream carpaccio, fish soup, smoked cod brandade, grilled halibut, swordfish or whole Mediterranean fish, and dessert. Optional wine pairings are also available in full- or half-pours for $30/$18 (Canadian wines) or $35/$20 (Old World wines).


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The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is back, meaning that Cocktails & Canapes is once again offering its special sakura-themed lunch boxes. Order 10 or more for delivery within Vancouver, or pick up individual orders at all VCBF events, including Cherry Jam, Bike the Blossoms, Spring Lights Illuminations, and The Big Picnic. Pre-order your Blossom Bliss sandwich or vegetarian sakura box, as well as sweet popcorn and a match-cherry blossom shake. Meawnhile, Masayoshi is celebrating the return of the cherry blossoms with a special sakura-themed 10-course omakase (chef’s choice) menu, including baby eel shooter, firefly squid carpaccio, sashimi, sushi, smoked tuna salad, golden-eye snapper, octopus shabu shabu, and sakura mochi crepe, among other dishes. $120 per person. Reservations required.


In other sakura-related news: Aburi Restaurants – which includes Miku, Minami, and Gyoza Bar – will be offering various cherry-blossom-themed drinks and dishes through to April 14. On April 7, Minami will be hosting a Sakura Sake Event, an interactive multi-course dinner that features saukra-cured halibut crudo, cherry-wood-smoked Brome Lake duck breast, sakura-champagne granite, and more. Tickets $150. The signuature sakura roll ($19) will also be available at both Miku and Minami, as well as various cocktails and sodas at all three restaurants.||


Jinya Ramen Bar is opening a new location in the Telus Garden building at 541 Robson St. The 80-seat spot is expanding on the original menu to also offer small plates and a larger Japanese spirits list.


Railtown Catering is once again offering its Easter-to-Go package for pick-up or delivery on April 16. The package is available as either ready-to-eat and ready-to-bake, and includes a choice of honey-glazed ham or lemon- and rosemary-crusted lamb. The full complement of side dishes includes salads, scalloped potatoes with Gruyère, multiple vegetable dishes, bread and butter, and dessert. Serve four to six for $189 or 10 to 12 for $299. Delivery charge not included. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will be donated to Mission Possible, a non-profit that delivers street-level care to those with immediate and critical needs in the Downtown Eastside.


Farmer’s Apprentice has revived its weekday lunch service for spring and is now open Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 2pm. The new lunch menu includes an open-faced smoked salmon sandwich, milk-braised pork shoulder, tagliatelle, three-egg omelette with mushroom marmalade, and more.


The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is launching a new series of food programming over the spring and summer that will allow guests to try Jewish cuisine from around the world and learn about the history behind the foods. The season kicks off with a supper-club evening on April 2. Tickets $40.


Wildebeest has launched a new list of nine cocktails that offer different takes on an Old Fashioned. The “Refashioned” list includes cocktails using everything from gin and tequila to rum and bourbon, including four versions of the classic cocktail.


Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar have announced that Jonathan Chovancek is taking over as new executive chef, alongside chef de cuisine Josh Gonneau. Both join GM Mark Taylor and bar manager Sabrine Dhaliwal.

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New executive chef at Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar. - Contributed photo.


Missing the raw vegan fare of Gorilla Food? Miss no more. The eatery has re-opened after a lengthy (two-year) hiatus. Its new location, at 637 E. Hastings St., is open daily, from 11am to 7pm, for delivery, take-out and dine-in.


On Wednesday, Apr. 12, Mensh Jewish Delicatessen is holding a pop-up dinner service for Passover. The menu will include chicken matzo-ball soup, borscht, chopped liver, gefilte fish, tzimmes, cabbage rolls, braised brisket and mushrooms, roasted chicken with apricots, and more. There will also be beer from Faculty Brewing as well aswine. Tickets $95 per person via Eventbrite.

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