Newly opened in West Vancouver’s Ambleside neighbourhood is Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio second location at 1351 Bellevue Avenue. Known for their Peruvian-Japanese cuisine with Pacific Northwest elements, Ancora’s False Creek location has received numerous accolades, including being named one of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2016 and 2017.
Leading the kitchen is longtime Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde and Chef de Cuisine Jorge Kim, with Brent Kim presiding over the raw bar. Ancora Ambleside showcases the same Nikkei-style cuisine as the False Creek location with a focus on fine wine and cocktails.
Cocktail and Wine Offerings
At the bar, Ancora Ambleside offers seasonally inspired renditions of classic cocktails such as the Pisco Quebranta, Wasabi Margarita, Caraway Caesar and Ancora’s signature Chicha Libre. The wine features a diverse range of regions and styles from around the world and complements the menu’s bold flavours and seafood-focused dishes with fresh, high-acid whites and light-bodied reds available by the glass and bottle.
The interior of Ancora Ambleside embraces
What I Tried
I recently attended a media event at Ancora Ambleside to try a few of their offerings. Here’s a look at what you can expect when you dine there.
Dungeness Crab Causa
This amuse bouche also had
Albacore Tuna Ceviche
Prepared with ginger, wakame, and
Aji Panca Glazed Sablefish
Our third course was one of Ancora’s signature dishes. I enjoyed the rich, satiny sweet, buttery taste of the sablefish accompanied by smoked potato, quinoa
Arroz con Pato
This rice and duck dish was a favourite among the guests I talked to. It came with pickled shallots and seco jus.
Prime Ribeye Anticucho
The steak was accompanied by seasonal vegetables, aji verde, yucas bravas and black garlic jus.
Chicha Morada Sorbet
We were then presented with a refreshing sorbet made with Chicha Morada, a popular Peruvian purple corn drink. It was wonderfully fruity and tangy.
For dessert, we enjoyed these light and crispy doughnut-like fried treats paired with the sweet and carmelly flavours of lucuma (a type of fruit native to Peru) ice cream.
My favourites of the evening were the Aji Panca Glazed Sablefish, Arroz con Pato and Spiced Picarones.
Ancora Ambleside — 1351 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver BC
Hours: Dinner 5 p.m. to close daily
Ancora False Creek — 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
Hours: Lunch noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday | Cocktail Hour 4 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday | Dinner 5 p.m. to close daily | Brunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday