Friday, January 9, 2009

Perfect Pairing Unveiled at Joeys Bentall

Vancouver, BC; January 9, 2009Joeys Restaurants officially announced today the launch of its newest location at Bentall One tower. With two separate spaces under one roof – the Wine Room and the Long Bar – Joeys Bentall is both the latest evolution for Joeys and something different for the Downtown Vancouver business district.

At Joeys Bentall, guests have the choice of either enjoying the classic Joeys Lounge experience, or relaxing in a space dedicated to the exploration of the world of wine. The two distinct spaces each have their own entrance. The Wine Room is accessible from Pender Street, while the entrance to the Long Bar is on the Burrard Street side of Bentall One.

In the Wine Room, the focus is on experiencing the world of wine. The space features the Enomatic, a state-of-the-art wine serving system that enables Joeys to offer wine lovers an extensive list of more than 60 wines by the taster or glass. The leading edge system allows bottles of wine to be opened and protected from oxidation, preserving the wine as if bottle has just been opened. The expansive wine list is complemented by a bistro-style menu, which features items such as flatbreads that pair especially well with wine.

Knowledgeable servers are on hand in the Wine Room to help facilitate wine discovery with guests. In the semi-private Mezzanine level, groups of 8-10 can take part in Joeys wine tasting events during which guests can interact with wine industry specialists.

“The vibe of the Wine Room is definitely relaxed,” says Geoff Boyd, Joeys Sommelier. “Our goal is to encourage our customers to discover new tastes and flavours, but we also want to have fun at the same time. We think that the city is ready for a wine experience like this.”

In the Long Bar, guests can meet for business lunches or get-togethers with friends and colleagues over dinner and cocktails. Especially for this room, Joeys has created a drink menu that takes cocktails into the culinary realm. The Essential, for example, is made from fresh muddled roma tomato, peach and lime. This combination is then shaken with gin, plum sake and a press of apricot juice. Guests in the Long Bar can enjoy a cocktail and order from the full Joeys menu.

“In the Long Bar and the Wine Room, our guests will find the full Joeys menu that they’ve come to know and love, but we’ve also had fun with creating a selection of new items that pair perfectly with wine,” says Joeys Executive Chef Chris Mills. “The Nova Scotia Lobster and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a great choice with a glass of wine. Or if you want to do some sharing, the warm Baked Brie wrapped in phyllo and served with a toasted cranberry crostini makes a great choice.”