Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)

My extended family decided to have a rather unconventional Chinese New Year’s Eve meal this year, making our way to Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen. We normally go to a Chinese restaurant for one of the 10-course “banquet” meals or to someone’s house for some home cooking, but we thought we’d change things up and indulge in more Dine Out Vancouver action.

Unlike the dinners that we had at Forage Restaurant and Five Sails Restaurant, however, we had a much larger party of nearly 20 people this time around. Luke’s isn’t exactly the largest of restaurants, but they were able to accommodate us as two tables of ten. One half of the restaurant is set up more like a bar and lounge, while the other half features more traditional seating.

Luke’s Corner Bar is located in the South Granville area, right by the Stanley Theatre. In fact, if you show up with your ticket from the Stanley, you are normally given a discount off the regular menu. For Dine Out, they had a three-course dinner for $18 per person.


Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Pulled Pork PoutineSlow roasted pork, B.C white cheddar

The pulled pork poutine sounded good on paper, but it was ultimately disappointing. The cheese curds were replaced by a few shreds of white cheddar, supplemented by some shredded cabbage. There really wasn’t anything in terms of sauce, so the dish ended up being too dry for my tastes.

Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Butter Nut Squash SoupCrispy sage, brown butter

The soup, with its slight tinge of ginger, wasn’t so bad, but it was a lot thinner than I had expected. There were a total of three options for the appetizer portion of the meal; I just didn’t get a picture of the generic Caesar salad.

Main Dishes

Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Duck Confit & Proscuitto LinguiniOven roast tomato, basil, grana padana

Even with an $18 prix fixe menu, the pasta portion here was a lot smaller than it should have been. This little bowl could have easily passed as an appetizer instead.

Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Pan Seared Sea BassEuropean seabass, cous cous, lemon basil aioli

The skin on the fish had a nice crispness to it, but the portion again felt on the smaller side. The cous cous could have used some help in the flavor department too.

Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Peppercorn Bavette Steak & FritesArugula salad, oven roast tomatoes

This is a cheaper cut of beef (sometimes called flank steak or flap meat), so it’s not terribly surprising that it was on the chewier side of things. There was still a fair bit of connective tissue inside and the meat itself was undercooked. I would have also liked to see a better char on the outside for flavor, especially since there wasn’t much “peppercorn” going on either.


Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Lemon Posset

The lemon pudding had a distinct thickness to it. It was definitely on the sour side of things, but the little bit of berry compote was meant to cut through that.

Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)
Caramelized Pineapple Cake

The sponge cake was neither horrendous nor amazing. The unremarkable nature of this dessert really epitomize the overall experience at Luke’s.

Cool Hand Luke?

Luke's Corner Bar & Kitchen (Dine Out Vancouver)

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I certainly cannot speak to what the “normal” experience at Luke’s would be outside of the Dine Out Vancouver festival. What we did get, though, was ultimately quite unexceptional. Despite relatively attentive and friendly service, the food was mediocre at best and inedible at worst.

Yes, I completely understand that this was just an $18 meal that came with three “complete” courses, but our dinner at Bistro 101 was also $18 and it was better than this… and that meal was prepared by students, no less. Luke’s has a nice location and it’s a cool space, but they really need to up their game to survive on South Granville.