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R.TL Restaurant >> Opening Soon in Yaletown

Yaletown is most definitely gaining a foothold in the Vancouver lifestyle. Here’s another restaurant for you to check out in the area!

By Guest-writer Joanna Lee

R.TL (short for Regional Tasting Lounge) opened its sliding doors on Wednesday night to industry members, friends and family. Located on Mainland Street in trendy Yaletown, this 50-seat capacity restaurant will focus on serving small plates from three regions, with B.C. as a constant feature while the other two regions will rotate on the menu every two months, beginning with Spain and Iran.

While the final menu was not available at the opening, I was told that dishes will vary from $10 to $15 per plate, with about 15 in total. Canapes sampled last night included lamb meatballs and paella cakes, complemented by cocktails sponsored by Maker’s Mark bourbon. While the hostess was taking our jackets at the entrance, and we walked up to the bar, we were already smoothly informed by the bartender that “we’ve got two drinks for you on the way”.

The drinks menu will include 36 cocktails and martinis, all designed in-house, along with an extensive wine list. The team at R.TL includes Operations Manager Alain Canuel (ex-Figmint), Executive Chef Erik Smith (ex-Le Gavroche, The Hermitage and Senova), Head Barman Ryan Simpson, and Pastry Chef Themis Velgis.

With its sleek and stylish space, R.TL will be in full swing by this weekend.

5 Comments

  1. December 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm — Reply

    Mmm sounds yummy and very chic!

  2. James
    January 27, 2009 at 10:42 am — Reply

    When I read about this opening, I said to myself ‘another joint added to the mix of generic restaurants that are popping up in Yaletown every other month’.

    I was definitely wrong.

    This one has character, a unique concept, and great food, skilled staff and great cocktails. One of the few places where you feel the bar knows what it’s doing and the chef has a vision.

    Definitely new competition in the area.

  3. Sarha
    February 7, 2009 at 4:26 am — Reply

    I believe this place is built by the same people who did chambar, but a different food concept so the classic cocktails and eclectic wines by the glass are definitely the consistent theme here.

  4. Wesley
    March 15, 2009 at 12:20 am — Reply

    I visited late late night and kitchen was already closed but the cocktails were great.

  5. […] (1130 Mainland Street) last week for a sampling of its new regional features.  In case you missed the first article, r.tl’s menu is split into three sections, with each section featuring five to six small plates […]

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