The Helm Vancouver Launch

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver welcomed a new restaurant to its search engines, directories, and foodie rosters last night. The Helm opened up at 1180 Howe in a familiar location but with a refreshing menu worth discovering.

The Helm - Grand Opening in Vancouver

World-renowned chef and television personality David Adjey was on-scene with cameras in tow as The Helm was part of the “The Opener” series on the Food Network. At one point Chef Adjey came to our table to ask how our evening was going and he noted that, “this one was a challenge.” TV cameras stopped by now and then to grab shots of us eating or chatting with our server.

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The Helm - Grand Opening in Vancouver

Our favourite dishes of the night were the simple yet very tasty golden beets with Agassiz hazelnuts and Moonstruck farmhouse feta, and the falafels (above).

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Turkey confit gravy with huckleberries and savoury bread pudding
Smoked Sloping Hills pork shoulder with house-made peanut-chili sauce

Mentions on the menus and by the staff made it quite evident that The Helm has a commitment to sourcing local ingredients, and you can find a list of their partners online.

The Helm - Grand Opening in Vancouver
Wildflower honey pot de creme with sour cherries and walnuts

Executive Chef Tobey Nemeth will take things from here as The Helm is now officially open for business. Stop by for a classic cocktail or to sample share plates. Follow @HelmVancouver on Twitter for updates and air-times for its episode of The Opener.

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  1. Paul BuikemaSaturday, December 4th, 2010 — 5:36pm PST

    Serious! I am so jealous, Wife and I watch so many of the highbrow shows on foodTV etc, glad to hear Adjey was in town for a launch, he seems so volatile yet friendly at the same time. Looking forward to the rest of the new series.

  2. johnny westSaturday, December 4th, 2010 — 6:21pm PST

    Morrocan Lamb Stew for $14. I will have to try that. What’s with “risotto” on every city menu? In my book that’s the culinary equivalent of mac-and-cheese. Make that droneish, rice dish at home.

  3. DeannaSunday, December 5th, 2010 — 10:21am PST

    Now I’m hungry! I will check out this restaurant for sure; those beets look divine.

  4. Tales From a Bar StoolSunday, December 5th, 2010 — 11:30am PST

    Can’t wait to check out the bar here… Hope we get some Tales 😉

  5. MichaelSunday, December 5th, 2010 — 7:01pm PST

    Was there on Saturday and fell in love with their Turkey Confit. It was so good that not only did it put Mom’s turkey to shame, but I ordered two of them.

  6. sabinaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 9:06am PST

    I think I’m hungry

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