The Empire Landmark is the tallest building in downtown Vancouver’s West End and its view are beyond compare. 42 storeys up, Cloud 9 restaurant serves up delicious dinners while revolving 360 degrees, offering up sights this Vancouverite has never seen before.
First impressions threw me back to that lunch I once had at Toronto’s CN Tower, I suppose the concept and layout for most revolving restaurants is the similar. The decor was seriously lacking but with the restaurant making a full rotation over the course of an hour, I really wasn’t looking anywhere except out the windows.
My sister and I had the prix fixe 3 course menu for $35. The salad was a basic caesar came complete with croutons fresh out of the box and my pinot grigio was $10/glass. I had the stuffed chicken for dinner which was actually really tasty and the cheesecake for dessert was probably some of the best I’ve ever had.
If you can overlook the lack of decor, the cheesy black ceiling with tiny lightbulbs that look like stars, and the dent in your pocket book, it was a very pleasant dining experience. I recommend it for anyone to try, at least once, because of the breathtaking views.