M8 is a West Coast and Asian fusion restaurant so you will see the flavours of East meets West reflected on their menu. They have been open for the last year right in Downtown Vancouver by the Burrard Street Bridge. They serve up lunch, brunch (weekends), happy hour and dinner. The restaurant sits right by the water across from Granville Island.
The space is full of marble, greenery, and natural elements like wood. There are tables for small to large groups and they do reservations too.
This is served with a burnt lemon aioli, warm kale salad, and wakame. The presentation is cute like a forest of mushrooms. It has a light texture to it and it was tasty.
The beef cheeks is served with a 5 year aged black vinegar and sprinkles of Sichuan peanuts. The beef was very tender and the taste of the black vinegar was a bit sweet and a bit sour just like this traditional Chinese dish with black sweet vinegar with pork trotters which is made when pregnant people deliver babies.
The lamb belly is smoked and served with mint and eggplant. The meat is tender even though it has a dry exterior. You can taste the use of Chinese spices used in this dish. Pretty good flavour combinations used.
Crispy Pork Belly
This is served with taro root and pork jus. Another one of our favourite dishes and it was good for the price.
The duck breast has soybean, preserved vegetables, and an osmanthus sauce. The presentation was nice and the duck really shined in this dish. It was a good quality cut of duck.
The sablefish is oven roasted and marinated. It is served with a shiitake mushroom broth and cannellini beans. It was a touch on the salty side.
This dish is made with a beef and pork ragu, shiitake mushroom with a trio soy sauce. It may not look that special but the taste was very unique with a bit of an Asian twist which was quite nice.
Complimentary Lavender Cookies
At the end of the meal we were served some lavender cookies even though we didn’t order dessert. A nice touch to the end of the meal.
Overall, the dishes were a pretty good fusion of West Coast and Asian influences like the uses of spices and flavourings. A few dishes did use the Szechuan peppercorn to add a little kick to the dishes, but it was subtle and not too overpowering. The favourite dishes of the night were – shimeji tempura, crispy pork belly and then tagliatelle bolognese and sablefish. If you’re looking for something a little bit different in the Downtown area, check out M8.
1010 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC