We ventured into Yaletown with some friends on Saturday night to watch the Canucks game. Apparently we failed to arrive early enough to snag a table because it appeared the rest of the city had beat us to it. To make a long story short, we ended up at Hennessey Dining Lounge (after a stop at the Army Navy Airforce Veterans Club?!), and managed to score a table for the five of us.
Located on West Broadway, near Manitoba, the lounge has a dark and sleek decor and a funky red tree painted on the black back wall. A couple booths are on one side of the lounge, banquette seating on the opposite side, and long tables in between. That night was usually “Root Down Saturdays” (with DJ M.A.S.A.R.O, DJ K-Rek, & DJ Chile Palmer), but the hockey game took precedence and was playing on their TVs and a large screen.
Didn’t take pics of everyone’s beers, but Canadians brands were on special that evening, as was Corona ($3.97). My drink, the Schoolgirl ($6.97) cocktail, was also on special – Soho Lychee, Malibu Rum, mango, lychee, passionfruit, & guava juice. A fab, fruity, girly drink. And a few single Rum & Cokes ($4.95) with Bacardi White. Our DD ordered a reasonable and responsible Virgin Caesar ($4.00) with Clamato, spices, and a hot crunchy green bean.
Beef or Chicken Nachos ($11.97) – Corn tortilla chips topped with cheese, housemade salsa, sour cream, and guacamole ($1.50 extra). This was a large portion, but could have used a little more cheese. Deluxe Burger ($11.25) – Organic 1/4 pound Angus beef patty, loaded with bacon, cheese, crispy onion strings, tomatoes, and lettuce. Their patties are housemade and infused with fresh herbs – so the burger was extra moist. The yam fries were superb – lightly crispy, but sweet, soft and fluffy inside, all while remaining non-greasy. Our waitress even asked the kitchen to split the burger for us, without us asking – that was a nice touch. Anticipating customers’ needs is the sign of a good server.
Desserts are half price on Saturday nights, so we ordered a few of these cakes to share: Chocolate Lava Cake (1/2 $6.95) – Warm chocolate molten cake with whipped cream. They were pretty tasty – hot and gooey centres, oozing with chocolate, with lots of real whip. Could have done without the carcinogenic (allegedly) maraschino cherry, but that’s just my preference.
Our waitress was excellent. Really friendly and genuinely kind. She was also super attentive, and kept our drinks flowing, water glasses topped up, and was always around so we could order more munchies. She informed us that Hennessey will be changing its name to Kosmik Zoo! I don’t know about you, but I like the sounds of Hennessey Dining Lounge (one part smooth gangsta cognac, one part LVMH conglomerate) a whole lot better.
Good food, excellent service, fun atmosphere!