Chef & owner, Gord Martin, created Bin 942 and its sister restaurant Bin 941 Tapas Parlours to reflect New York-style wine and tapas bars twelve years ago. Fairview’s trendy tapas restaurant has been serving “glorious gastronomique delights” ever since, and their signature contemporary small plates offer something for everyone. A pioneer, Chef Martin was among one of the first in Vancouver to support BC farmers and fishermen, and local products and sustainable seafood are extensively showcased on Bin 942’s menu.
Featuring funky music and an eclectic decor, the intimate atmosphere of this tapas bar makes a fabulous spot to meet friends and over drinks ‘n’ bites, or enjoy an intimate date-night with your loved-one. The long, narrow, dimly lit restaurant is small and cozy, and its window banquette seating is so comfy you’ll want to spend all evening wining & dining. Another great thing about Bin 942 is that the restaurant is open until midnight every evening to cater to those with late-night cravings.
I ordered a Mojito to start – sorry forgot to snap a pic, but it was a glorious-looking drink with vibrant green mint leaves and a bright citrusy punch from the lime. Then we orderered a ‘tapastizer’ of Pommes Frites ($7.00) – Essentially shoestring or hickory stick style French fries with aged balsamic vinegar drizzled on top. The portion was generously ginormous for an appetizer size – we could barely finish the plate! Gary ordered the Grilled Lamb Chops ($17.00) – Medium-rare, well-size lamb chops with a tzatziki greek salad terrine, fried olives, spanakopita, and fragrant lemon roasted potato. I ordered the Digby Scallop Baja Prawn Tournedos ($17.00) – Perfectly cooked jumbo prawns and scallops on bamboo skewers, topped with crispy leek tempura, house dried tomato, cucumber, and salsa bonito butter sauce.
For tapas, the prices are a little expensive, but if you think of our meals as mains, then the portions are quite large and prices would be considered standard. Overall, Bin 942 Tapas Parlour provided us with good service, a cozy ambiance, and yummy bites.