AnnaLena is Michael Robbins' Take on Modern Canadian Cuisine
AnnaLena, the much anticipated restaurant of fourth season Top Chef Canada competitor Mike Robbins, opened in Kitsilano in March. Born and raised in East Vancouver, Mike sharpened his skills in kitchens at home and abroad ‒ starting as a teen when he worked in Earls to the Glass Brasserie in Sydney, Australia to his recent post as executive chef and managing partner at Oakwood Canadian Bistro.
His travels to Sydney and Asia fuelled his passions and refocused his culinary dream, and his deep roots drew him home. The result is the opening of his first restaurant showcasing what he calls modern Canadian cooking, heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest.
Robbins has assembled a team that includes Sous Chef Mark Singson and General Manager Jeff Parr, who both worked with Robbins at Oakwood Canadian Bistro and spent time working in Australia, plus Bar Manager Kevin Brownlee.
The dinner menu includes 14 dishes that all sound so good you will undoubtedly plan your next trip to try everything at least once. Ranging from $3.50 to $32 with most prices falling in the teens, you can order garlic confit lobster without guilt. It comes with seared mirepoix, potato, lobster bisque and lemon gel.
The buttermilk fried chicken with horseradish maple aioli, salt & vinegar chicken skins is a classy comfort food home run. While the lamb roulade with house made ricotta, olive brined spinach, parisienne gnocchi and lamb jus is the Sunday dinner we all wish our moms had made. The dessert menu is short but sweet with warm rhubard compote and chocolate crème brulee.
AnnaLena will be opening for brunch in the near future. Check the website for details on this.
1809 West 1st Avenue
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Late Night: 10:30pm - close