There are reasons for this, the shape of the glass is important for example. Heady beers will need a wide glass for the aroma to be strongest, some lighter lagers need a narrow glass to contain the stronger carbonation and resulting foam. The glass also serves as a branding exercise and it adds a nice touch to the experience.
Connie and I have a long history of date nights, most of them involving restaurants. West has been one of our favorites for a long time now, it has been around as long as we have been in Vancouver and given it's proximity to our home and consistent high quality, we have been there many times. I have very fond memories of this place, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary there, the chef (David Hawksworth at the time) made a custom tasting menu for us. I remember walking in, they sat us down, handed us two glasses of champagne and the food started coming. It was a magical experience. Then there was the time when I went one evening with a friend and we had the tasting menu. The next day I had unexpected visitors at work and they wanted to go out for dinner in the evening. This was back in the heydays of expense accounts so we went to West. We had the tasting menu again, the server recognized me and since I had the same menu the night before, they made me completely different dishes, improvised on the spot. It was brilliant.
|The bar at West, a cocktail laboratory|
|The Shakerato. Delicious.|
|Connie's rice pudding with boozy cherries and white chocolate mousse|
|Chocolate cake, mocha ice cream with rolled up chocolate crepes|