Some of the city's most innovative dishes—and drinks—grace the tables of this Gastown restaurant, named after co-owner Mark Brand's mother. The tucked-away location in Gaoler's Mews makes the room feel like a secluded speakeasy, as do the almost-too-cool-for-school cocktails, including the Trade Routes (tequila, Benedictine, smoked tea syrup, and lemon oil) and the Roman Holiday (Campari, Cointreau, and citrus). The deep-fried octopus chips, halibut paired with baby
artichokes and fava beans, and lamb sirloin with ramps are creations that would make any foodie mother proud. Nobody could say no to the chocolate mascarpone cheesecake with raspberry sorbet and thyme sable cookies.