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MAY 20TH, 2011


He was at the helm of Lumière and is currently a judges’ darling onTop Chef Canada. So when we heard Chef Dale McKay was opening his own place, we just couldn’t wait to get in!

Ensemble's lively bistro-style room is ideal for casual gatherings and its shared plates concept makes it easy to sample as many dishes as possible. It would have been a crime not to order the Dungeness Crab Spiced Melon Soup ($9), a dish that dazzled the Top Chef Canada judges. Other triumphant dishes included the Herb Risotto ($9), a rich and flavourful little serving, the buttery Beef Shin with fries ($12), and the Pulled Pork sandwich ($8.50) that was a divine companion to a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

So that’s what being a Top Chef means…. —AG

Ensemble, 850 Thurlow St., Vancouver, 604-569-1770,