New Mexican Restaurant ‘Ophelia’ Coming Soon To Olympic Village

Former WildTale executive chef Francisco Higareda to lead new Latin American eatery opening this spring at 165 West 2nd Ave

VANCOUVER, B.C., February 7- A new south-of-the-border dining experience is coming to Olympic Village this spring as business partners John Crook and Erik Heck – owners of Vancouver’s wildly popular The Flying Pig and WildTale – launch Ophelia, an original new restaurant concept helmed by executive chef Francisco Higareda.

Named after Higareda’s mother, Ophelia will specialize in authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with a refined, elevated approach. The new venture is slated to take over the space currently occupied by WildTale’s Olympic Village location at 165 West 2nd Avenue and will be a completely unique dining destination for the urban neighbourhood.

Drawing inspiration from his childhood in Veracruz and his mother’s home cooking, Higareda’s menu will feature crowd-pleasing favourites like tacos and chilaquiles alongside traditional Latin American dishes such as pulpo en mole (octopus topped with rich mole sauce), bone marrow sopes (thick corn tortillas) and aguachile (shrimp marinated in fresh lime juice and chilli peppers). Ophelia will also offer a fully licensed bar serving handcrafted cocktails made with premium tequilas and mezcals, along with local and imported craft beers, and New- and Old-World wines.

“Given my strong connection to Mexican cuisine, we saw an opportunity to take advantage of my knowledge and passion and do something truly unique here in Olympic Village,” Higareda explains. “My mother inspired my love of cooking and it will be a true honour to return to my roots and pay homage to her and my country at Ophelia this spring.” 

Higareda grew up preparing traditional recipes with his mother in their family kitchen before undergoing formal training at culinary schools in Mexico and Argentina. He later went on to hone his skills in Europe – working on the line at three-Michelin star Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain and two-Michelin star restaurant, L’Atelier in Paris, France – before returning to Mexico to open two restaurants of his own. Seeking a new challenge and a change of scenery, the talented chef emigrated to Vancouver and began working with The Flying Pig and WildTale restaurant group in 2017.

“Since joining the WildTale family, Higareda has proven to be an incredible asset to our team, and someone who consistently pushes the culinary envelope,” says Crook. “It has always been our mission to nurture our people’s passions and goals and we are proud to have him take leadership of this new restaurant concept.” 

Higareda recently had a chance to showcase his flair for fine Mexican cuisine when he hosted chef Guillermo Gonzáles Beristáin – head of Mexico’s Grupo Pangea restaurant group – for a World Chef Exchange Dinner at WildTale on January 30 as part of the 2020 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Further details about Ophelia will be released in the coming weeks.

Share a little love this Valentine’s day

The fastest way to anyone’s heart is with our Valentine Menu choices.

Indulge in your tastes with the wonderful options from land and sea in our set menu for $49 per person (min 2 pp)

FIRST COURSE
Delicata Squash & Kale Salad
shaved fennel + apples, candied walnuts
sweet citrus dressing
or
Rangeland Bison Tartare
grated parmesan cheese, scallions, crisp watercress
charred focaccia
or
Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Cake  
pickled radish and frisée salad
caper + dill aioli

SECOND COURSE 
Surf & Turf  
“AAA” flat iron steak, lobster whipped potatoes
 black pepper demi-glace
or
Pan Seared Arctic Char  
tomato + artichoke risotto, buttered french beans
lemon beurre blanc
or
Jumbo Scallop & Prawn Linguini 
double smoked bacon and spinach cream
parmesan breadcrumbs

 DESSERT
Double Chocolate Tart
raspberry coulis, chantilly cream 

Reserve Now at your favourite location

Dine Out Vancouver 2020

Its that time of year again to enjoy the annual festival of dining that Vancouver has come to love.

This year, both locations of Wildtale are participating in the event. Check out our menu below for $35 per person and the suggested wine pairings we are offering for you to add on. Then make a reservation at your favourite location as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

January 17 to Feb 2, 2020

$35 PER PERSON
*suggested wine pairing (6oz.)

FIRST

RANGELAND BISON TARTARE
pickled mushrooms, scallions, grated parmesan charred focaccia
*Averill Creek Pinot Noir $14.75

ACORN SQUASH BISQUE
candied pecans, crème fraîche, chives
*Le Vieux Pin ‘Petit Blanc’ Sauvignon Blanc Blend $13.50

SMOKED SALMON SUSHI BALL
spicy mirin mayo, jalapeño soy sauce
*Synchromesh Riesling $12.50

SECOND

PAN SEARED LING COD
coconut jasmine rice, baby bok choy, carrots thai green curry
*Synchromesh Riesling $12.50

GRILLED AAA FLAT IRON STEAK
roasted bone marrow mashed potato roasted campari tomato
black pepper demi-glace
*Skaha Vineyard ‘Impulsion’ Cabernet Franc/Merlot $13.50

JUMBO TIGER PRAWN TAGLIATELLE
roasted roma tomato & lemon cream fresh basil & parmesan breadcrumbs
*Desert Hills ‘Cactus White’ Chardonnay/Gewürztraminer $11.00

DESSERT

MILK CHOCOLATE PUDDING
chocolate shavings & chantilly cream
*Averill Creek Pinot Noir $14.75

Choose your favourite location on our reservation page – Click Here

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Festive Bonus on Gift Card Purchases

Its that time of year to give a little back to our guests!

From November 1 to December 23 we are offering a $20 bonus card for every $100 Gift Cards purchased.

Gift Cards are available in any amount. Stop by any of our locations to get yours today. (and save the bonus for yourself to redeem in the new year.)

Buck A Shuck Oysters and Spring Dinner Menus

WILDTALE LAUNCHES BUCK-A-SHUCK OYSTERS FOR HAPPY HOUR, ADDS FRESH SPRING-INSPIRED DISHES TO DINNER MENU

Vancouver restaurants kick off patio season with $1 oyster promotion, extended late-night Happy Hour, fresh menu items for spring

Vancouver, B.C. (April 25, 2019)– WildTale is celebrating the return of warmer weather at both its Yaletown and Olympic Village locations by extending its Happy Hour offerings with a new buck-a-shuck oyster promotion and adding fresh coastal-inspired dishes to the spring/summer menu just in time for patio season.

Available in the lounge and at the bar Monday thru Thursday from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. as well as 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Sunday at both WildTale Yaletown and WildTale Olympic Village and from 9 p.m. to close every day in both locations, WildTale’s Happy Hour menu includes and a new buck-shuck oyster promotion in addition to a selection of small plates starting at just $2.75. One of the few venues in Vancouver to offer buck-a-shuck oysters every day, WildTale’s rotating selection of featured bivalves from B.C. and beyond are served on ice accompanied by Tobasco red pepper sauce, fresh lemon and horseradish. Chef’s select oysters are available for just $1 a piece (minimum of six per order, while quantities last) during both early and late-night Happy Hour services.

WildTale’s new Happy Hour lineup also features raw bar selections like Seafood Ceviche and Hawaiian Tuna, steamer pots of Clams with white wine and Mussels with Thai coconut curry, and a variety of crowd-pleasing appetizers that showcase both land and sea, including BC Salmon Poppers,‘AAA’ Beef Carpaccio and Braised Meatballs. Guests who are looking to imbibe in an alcoholic beverage can sip on an array of great-value Happy Hour libations, including draft beer and highballs for $5, classic cocktails like Moscow Mules and Negronis for $6, and a selection of B.C. red and white wines starting at $6 per glass.

WildTale co-Founders John Crook and Erik Heck have also introduced a selection of new entrees to the dinner menu, all designed to highlight of-the-season ingredients sourced from local farms, oceans and fields. In addition to WildTale’s signature lineup of meaty steaks and chops, fresh grilled fish and classic pasta dishes, the spring menu now includes Linguini alle Vongole,Tiger Prawn Linguini Puttanesca, Harissa Chicken served with jalapeño mashed potatoes and mint yogurt, and Haida Gwaii Halibut paired with gnocchi Provençale.

“As a go-to dining destination in Vancouver, we’re thrilled to launch our new buck-a-shuck oyster promotion as part of our extended early and late-night Happy Hour,” says Heck. “We take pride in developing creative, seasonal menus that are designed to appeal to seafood fans, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We look forward to celebrating the return of the spring season with our guests at both locations.”

For more information about WildTale’s new Happy Hour offerings and new spring/summer 2019 menu, visit https://wildtale.ca and follow @wildtale on Instagram.

ABOUT WILDTALE | First launched in 2015 by business partners John Crook and Erik Heck with a second location opened in Olympic Village in 2018, WildTale is a polished-yet-relaxed restaurant that celebrates the coastal regions of the world. Daily lunch and dinner menus highlight fresh seafood as well as favourites from farm and field paired with great wines, delicious local beers and refreshing and creative cocktails all served in a warm and friendly atmosphere inspired by East Coast hospitality.

WildTale Yaletown (1079 Mainland Street) is open every day for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m, and
Daily Happy Hour is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Sunday) and 9 p.m. to close in the bar and lounge.

WildTale Olympic Village (165 West 2nd Ave) is open daily from 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 2 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Daily Happy Hour is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Sunday) and 9 p.m. to close in the bar and lounge.

Have you Made your Valentine’s Reservations?

Buoys are Red, The Ocean is Blue. We have a Table for a Loved One and You!

We’ve created an extremely delicious menu offering to celebrate that most romantic of holidays. From Appetizers like our Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Cake to our luscious Jumbo Scallop Linquini, you will have no shortage of choices to make while celebrating some of Vancouver’s Finest Seafood. See our full menu and feature Wines/Cocktails below

Make sure you reserve at your favourite location as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

WildTale Olympic Village: Call 604-800-5253 or Book Online Here
WildTale Yaletown: Call 604-428-9211 or Book Online Here

Dine Out Vancouver 2019

Both locations of WildTale are proud to participate in the annual Dine Out Vancouver promotion from January 18 to February 3, 2019. Guests who may not have had the opportunity to visit us previously can experience Vancouver’s Best Seafood prepared in flavourful and innovative ways. Take the time to visit us and enjoy our West Coast hospitality and cozy, intimate rooms.

Here is a link to our menu and an opportunity to Book Now to avoid disappointment.

Ring in 2019 with us!

Gather your friends and loved ones for a wonderful dinner and celebrate the changing year at WildTale. In addition to our regular menu, WildTale is offering a sumptuous set menu designed treat your palate and mark a memorable end to 2018.

Make sure you reserve at your favourite location as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

WildTale Olympic Village: Call 604-800-5253 or Book Online Here
WildTale Yaletown: Call 604-428-9211 or Book Online Here

Amuse Bouche
Lobster Bisque “Cappuccino”
brandy cream
Appetizer
Beef Tartare & Bone Marrow
charred sour dough, watercress chimichuri
or
Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad
walnut pesto, baby arugula
or
Albacore Tuna Poke
dungenss crab and crushed avocado
Entrees
Herb Crusted Sturgeon
rock prawns and bacon risotto, braised kale, northern divine caviar
or
Duo of Lamb
olive and rosemary roasted lamb chops, lamb sausage, gnocchi ragout
or
Surf and Turf
california cut beef striploin, alantic lobster mashed potato
charred broccollini, cabernet jus
Dessert
Dark Chocolate Tart
Chantilly cream

Taste of Yaletown Special Menu

Taste of Yaletown Special Menu

If you've been waiting for the perfect excuse to come down and sample some of delicious menu items, your wait is over! The Taste of Yaletown festival is the perfect opportunity to wine, dine and see some of the incredible restaurants that Yaletown has to offer – including WildTale!

"For two weeks in October, Taste of Yaletown brings diners featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings". WildTale are offering a three course menu at $45 per person which showcases some of our most loved dishes. View our Taste of Yaletown menu here:

And as if that weren't already amazing enough, a portion of every purchase goes towards Vancouver Food banks, so you'll be doing good with your meal too!

The festival runs from October 18th – 28th. Both WildTale Yaletown and our sister restaurant, The Flying Pig Yaletown will be taking part in the fun. View the pig's set menu here.

Tables fill up fast so make a booking now to avoid disappointment!

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Team Menu Tasting at WildTale Olympic Village

If you hadn’t heard the exciting news already, we launched our incredible Lunch & Brunch menus at WildTale Olympic Village this week! In order to get ready for this, we hosted a menu tasting for the whole team on Monday to allow them to try everything on the menu!

It’s important to us that our team believe in the food we have on offer and to do that they need to taste for themselves how good it really is! We want you to know that when you ask for recommendations from your server, you will be given genuine opinions and our team can provide well informed answers to your queries on taste.The new lunch and brunch menu was something to behold.

Brunch sees our take on the classics such as our WildTale Breakfast and our Vanilla Waffles. Make sure you check out some of our show stopping signature Eggs Benedict dishes.

Our lunch menu has a broad range of dishes from classy to classic. Have a light working lunch with our delicious (and filling) salads, or indulge in something special such as Chef Andrew’s Fried Chicken.

The team certainly loved trying the ne menu and can’t wait to share it with you in our Olympic Village restaurant! Why not book a table for lunch or brunch and come try for yourself!

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