Vancouverites are in no shortage of top-notch places to wine and dine themselves, but there’s a place that’s a bit of a hidden gem that’s worth putting on your list if you haven’t tried already.
It’s called M8 Bistro, and its menu is a unique marriage of Chinese and Italian cuisine.
Chef Frank Xin has previously worked at acclaimed local spots like CinCin and Cioppinno’s to name a few.
He married his experience with Italian cuisine in those eateries with his flair for Chinese cuisine, on the menu at M8.
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The 60-seat dining room is stunning and tucked along Beach Avenue, right next to TAPshack near Burrard Bridge.
It’s easy to miss but once you spot the sizeable patio and breezy dining room with re-imagined Chinese Opera artwork, you won’t forget it.
M8 opened back in Spring 2018, and its been serving up patrons its innovative dishes ever since.
Offering a menu of eats like M8 Signature Lamb Carnitas Bao, Beef Cheeks, and Foie Gras, a highlight to start was Grandpa Zhang’s Shimeji Mushroom Tempura, served with warm kale salad, wakame, and truffle aioli.
For a salad, we opted for the burrata variety (because, burrata), which came with purple cabbage, pickled garlic citrus, edamame, and lily bud.
There was also a beet salad up for order, a combo of ricotta mousse, candied walnuts, and arugula topped with an osmanthus vinaigrette.
For mains, diners can expect to see fan favourites like the Crispy Duck on the menu.
This dish is a stellar combination of dry-aged duck breast, confit duck terrine, soybean, and preserved mustard green cassoulet.
In addition to the duck, mains like Clams Pasta, Fried Chicken, Braised Oxtail “Gnocchi,” and M8 Bolognese are available, alongside a ‘Catch of the Day’ feature as well.
This spot is a definite must-try, be sure to stop by the next time you’re aiming to try something new, and if you’re a return customer, you know you can expect hospitality and quality grub.
Address: 1010 Beach Avenue, Vancouver