C Restaurant has launched a new tasting menu based on the bronze medal-winning dishes that Robert Clarks plated at last months Canadian Culinary Championships. Items created for the grueling Black Box and Mystery Wine competitions make up the first three courses, with the fourth being that which he served for the grand finale: a work of art that saw citrus-glazed Fraser Valley quail breast, leg ballotine, French toast and crisp quail egg surrounding a hot tomato consommé. The special menu includes a dessert of chocolate in different textures. The cost is $55, with an addition of $40 for sommelier Kim Cyrs optional wine pairings (2-1600 Howe, 604-681-1164, CRestaurant.com).
Steeve Rayé, son of chef Alain Rayé of West Vans famed French restaurant La Regalade, has closed his eponymous pastry shop in Kitsilano to open a new casual concept called Cafe Regalade (2836 West 4th). It will be open six days a week for brunch/lunch and afternoon service (closed Mondays). Once a liquor license is secured, dinner will be served as well. Expect French fare similar to that of La Regalade, only with smaller plates and plenty of charcuterie. The atmosphere will aim for a younger crowd with all menu items will be under $20.
After an extensive retro-70s facelift, 100 Days, the Opus Hotels pop-up restaurant, has relaunched as 100 Nights (350 Davie St.), with a Studio 54-themed space complete with disco-style murals and spinning mirror balls.
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