Six months ago we had one of the best dinner experiences we have ever had in Vancouver at Divino, a hidden gem, which was rightly getting rave reviews due to the work of an exceptional young chef. Before booking again we heard that the chef had moved elsewhere. Hoping he had left his imprint on the existing staff we reserved anyway, hoping to relive the experience. Again, we left ourselves in the kitchen's hands by opting for the five course tasting menu with wine parings. This is always an opportunity for a new chef to show his stuff. Unfortunately, the offerings (with the exception of an incredible bison risotto and lovely frozen dessert,) were bland and uninteresting. It didn't even come close to our previous experience. It's worth noting also that when we asked the sommelier to recommend an after-dinner drink, he brought us four madeira's. Very nice, but I think he should have mentioned that he would charge us $20 a glass.It was sort of the nail in the coffin. I should note, this was a Sunday night celebration. There was no-one else dining, perhaps the chef was not fully on his game.
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