The other night, I had such a great experience at an underground restaurant on the North Shore. The Art House supper club is new on the foodie scene and it is exactly what the foodie scene needed!
The Art House is in a secret location in North Vancouver (that gets revealed to you once you book your dinner reservation) and the location is STUNNING! The home is surrounded by gardens that have been meticulously designed and maintained. It’s like walking around in a fairytale.
I could post so many more pictures, but I won’t because you honestly need to experience it for yourself. Photos just do not do it the justice it deserves. While we dined inside this particular evening, the table you see above is where the outdoor dinners take place (weather dependent).
Supper clubs. Secret Dinners. Underground Dining. The concept of these social dinner parties has been around for a long time, but their popularity has certainly increased over the last decade as we search for unique dining experiences in unusual places. –ArtHouseVancouver.com
Our dinner was inside the family home, which made for an instantly comfortable and cozy feel.
This underground restaurant is named The Art House because the owners/residents of the home are both artists in their own ways. Andres Gurumeta is a talented painter and his art is scattered throughout the house, which you are encouraged to walk around and view while you are there for the night. His wife, Rose, is the designer behind the immaculate home and gardens as well as the head chef for the supper club. The Art House.
Dinner at The Art House
To set the tone… Each dinner is themed and our theme that night was French Cuisine. Every #ArtHouseSupperClub dinner is a four-course meal and includes sparkling water, coffee and tea. As per BC liquor laws, guests must bring and serve themselves their own alcoholic beverages and to be honest that part actually added intrigue to the event. The in-house sommelier made suggestions in advance as to which wines would best accompany our meal, so it was great to see what everyone chose as their wine selection for the night.
OurFrench dinner started with a French Onion Soup that was perfectly prepared. Many of the women at the table decided it was THE best French Onion Soup they had ever tasted. Props to Chef Rose!
Photo credit: The Art House on Instagram
Our main course was Galette de Pomme de Terre with Smoked Salmon and organic greens. It was so fresh and flavourful that I’m actually salivating looking at the picture and remembering the meal!
Photo credit: Bianca Bujan, bitsofbee.com
Dessert was Floating Islands which I had never even heard of before but is maybe now my favourite dessert of all time. Think crème caramel with meringue and just all-round deliciousness. Oh my goodness- TAKE ME BACK!
Oh… but there was MORE! After all that goodness, out came cheese platters with our coffee and tea. The cheeses were all French, conforming to the theme of the evening. I absolutely ate my weight in cheese. Oops.
Photo credit: Jamie Khau, stylingtheinside.com
It was truly such an incredible night. The host, Eamonn, is so knowledgeable about the menu and did such a great job at making us all feel we were at home. Chef Rose exceeded all expectations with the meal. The ambiance was perfect. And the company…
Experience The Art House!
Supper clubs offer you the opportunity to have interesting conversations with perfect strangers and build new friendships, something that is infamously tricky in Vancouver. The long-table, communal eating setting is sure to push you out of your comfort zone as you interact with people you don’t know, an experience that might seem scary at first in our increasingly withdrawn society, but which can be incredibly rewarding.
At around $50/person and no bridges to cross from the North Shore… The Art House is a great dinner idea. The Art House can accommodate up to 10 guests per sitting, so whether you book the table out for a private dinner or grab some friends knowing you’ll meet some new ones, you’re going to have a great time… I assure you!