Date night can be a lot sweeter when going out takes on a fresh approach to the usual dinner-and-a-movie routine. Whether it’s a first date, when hopes are high that sparks will fly, or a chance to get out on the town with a longtime love, the evening can easily be made more delectable when good food and drinks are on the menu.
One way to shake up the date routine is to skip right to dessert, or, rather, make dessert the reason to go out. With an ideal atmosphere for a couple’s night out, the newly-opened Notch8 at the historic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver can provide the perfect backdrop for a sweet evening of desserts paired with fantastic cocktails.
To help duos keep their focus on each other and not their ordering indecision, Notch8 has a couple of ideas for dessert dishes and drink pairings from their menu.
Move over macarons: The éclair is taking over as the French dessert du jour, and this one is the perfect meld of tender choux pastry, cream, and sweet-salty caramel. While you and your sweetie can take bites out of the éclair, the Corpse Reviver cocktail can take a bite out of the caramel’s sweetness, thanks to the drink’s citrus and herbaceous notes.
Take turns diving a spoon into this sumptuous and velvety chocolate cream in its own lidded bowl. The dessert is topped with edible gold foil, which adds an impressive touch of elegance to the dish, and comes with a buttery shortbread cookie for dipping. Pair this with Notch8’s take on an Old Fashioned; the hickory smoke bourbon plays well into the richness of the chocolate.
Notch8 offers old world glamour with contemporary flair, and just the right hint of romance to set the tone for a couple’s night out. Toast to an intimate evening in the heart of Vancouver at Notch8.
Address: 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver