VANCOUVER — Chef David Hawksworth’s long-anticipated new restaurant, Nightingale, has opened in Vancouver. The 7,400 sq.-ft. restaurant takes its name from Aesop’s Fable, The Hawk & the Nightingale.
The restaurant, comprised of the mezzanine and ground floor levels of Coal Harbour’s MNP Tower, was designed by Alessandro Munge of the award-winning Canadian design firm, Studio Munge. Munge attempted to preserve the historic remains of the 19th century building by blending its dated features with a hint of modern influence. Rustic-chic attributes such as exposed copper pipes, remolded library furniture and a colour palette featuring hunter green, faded rust and muted oxblood tones has been combined with the modern sophistication of marble counters and light woodcuts.
The new Vancouver eatery offers Canadian cuisine using local ingredients with a global influence. “We’ve been having a lot of fun planning the menus at Nightingale,” says Hawksworth. “Our modern Canadian cuisine delivers options catered to the way people want to eat today. There are choices of shared plates, house-made pastas, creative wood-fired pizzas, salad and seasonal vegetable dishes; as well as accompaniments such as charcuterie and crudo.”
Nightingale’s menu offerings also include creative proteins, such as the 24-oz dry-aged Alberta prime beef strip-loin ($129). The restaurant’s prominent bar features a choice of classic cocktails, gin and tonic on tap, local craft beers and an approachable wine list.
The Hawksworth Restaurant Group describes its latest addition as echoing the original Hawksworth Restaurant in its dedication to exemplary service and social approach to dining with honest and unpretentious dishes.
1017 West Hastings St., Vancouver