Classic French cuisine is paired with contemporary ingredients at this romantic restaurant, in century-old house tucked amid the downtown towers. Seafood entrées range from wild B.C. salmon confit (poached in olive oil and paired with a corn-and-crab cake) to smoked Pacific grey cod served with sweet-pea risotto; meat options might include pork chops roasted with olives, anchovies, and tomatoes or rich beef tenderloin. Vegetarian choices are always available. One of the
few places with table-side service of steak tartare and Caesar salad, Le Gavroche also has a 5,000-label wine cellar.