Three in One
We booked space for four at the Irish Heather’s Long Table Series about 4 weeks in advance. This is how far ahead you need to reserve to get the night (and meal) that you are hoping for. What we did not know was that we would get to see three different rooms that we had not seen before. The entrance to the Long Table series is through the Irish Heather GastroPub on Carrall Street. The hostess led us through the restaurant and into the Shebeen Whisk(e)y House behind. With a huge selection of “Single Malt, Bourbon, Rye, Scotch and Irish” and its own entrance off a private courtyard it would be a great location for either a private party or for watching a game. After a pre-dinner drink with our friends we were led to the Salty Tongue Café, also attached. The focus of the Tongue is a 40-ft communal table composed from wood salvaged from the building’s original support beams. This table becomes the gastropub’s dining room at 5pm and is home of the Long Table Series. All of the rooms are ‘authentic’ and comfortable. Gastown is starting to be our favorite downtown neighborhood for great rooms, food and drinks.

Long Table Dinner
The night’s dinner was baby back ribs, with coleslaw, potato salad and twice baked beans. The ribs were very tender and meaty and served with a great BBQ sauce. The vegetarian option (which Tara ordered) was mushroom wellington on a bed of mashed potato. The wellington was very flavorful and made with the perfect amount of sauce, not dry but not too ‘saucy’. Both meals came with a pint of Orchard Hill Estate Cidery Apple Cider which was not too sweet with a crisp finish. All for $15, the Long Table Series is a great value.

Fairmont Pacific Rim
Since dinner was served at 7:00pm and we were on our way home by 8:30 we stopped at the Lobby Lounge and Patio of the city’s newest Fairmont for some après dinner drinks. The lounge was full. We were a bit surprised since it was a Wednesday night, but after we settled in at the bar, soaked up some of the atmosphere and the fabulous cocktails, we understood why. With two fabulous ‘mixologists’ behind the marble bar any cocktail you can imagine is a possibility but we found it best just to leave it up to them and enjoy. We had a great night out with friends and it is worth the trip to the Pacific Rim just to see the Fazioli piano, one of the world’s most expensive.

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