Nicole and I had dinner at a nice restaurant called Lucy Mae Brown. It supposedly used to be a bordello; you can read more about that here. Also, that evening was apparently a dining event that was happening throughout Vancouver called, Dining for Life. Basically, 25 percent of the food revenue is donated to the fight against AIDS. I thought that was a really nice idea and I’m glad that our dining is going to a good cause. It’s a win for everyone; the customers get good food, the restaurant gets business, and there is funding for a great cause.
We were seated in a large plush booth and the menu was a pre-fixe; choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert. We each had a Bombay gin and tonic.
For the appetizer I had the scallops and Nicole had fried butternut squash ravioli. The scallops were wrapped with bacon and came with a frisee salad. The ravioli was not your typical ravioli shapes. They were two big pieces and in triangle shapes. The butternut squash filling was a puree but not liquified.
The main course, Nicole got the halibut which she enjoyed and it came with potatoes and some other veggies. I had the duck breast with a reduction sauce and some sauteed cabbage. The duct breast was moist, tender, and flavorful.
We had the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I’ve never had it before so I was curious to try it. It was okay. It’s not a pudding. It’s a piece of cake in a toffee sauce. The cake was moist, spongy but a little crumbly, not a bad texture for what it was. The other option was a cheesecake, which they ran out of, or an expresso creme brulee.
The restaurant had a dark interior which drew from the building’s past life as a bordello. It was spacious with seating to the perimeter of the walls. Their booths were large and plush and could fit bout 4 to 5 people comfortably. The service was friendly and attentive. It wasn’t terribly loud; we didn’t have to raise our voices or shout to talk.
There is another bar with an area where you can dance but we didn’t check that out. We did hear the music pumping as we concluded our dining experience.
Lucy Mae Brown
862 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7, Canada
*currently they do not have a website.