Chef Alex Chen is imaginative, inventive, and masterfully skilled.
With a signature recipe that blends a respect for the past with a celebration of the modern, Executive Chef Alex Chen’s seafood-focused menu artfully combines casual West Coast cuisine with creative nods to his international influences, all while taking advantage of the local bounty available from nearby farms, fisheries and ranches. Chen, who has already unveiled his lunch and dinner menus, will also put his unique stamp on the Boulevard breakfast and weekend brunch menus this fall.
“I love using the best in-season ingredients,” says Chen, whose plates feature simple presentation, exceptional texture and clean, concise flavours. “I focus on enhancing the taste while respecting the integrity of the product, and I never forget that the simplest things are also frequently the hardest to achieve.”
Boulevard’s noteworthy wine list — featuring labels sourced both locally and from the major winemaking regions of the globe — reflects Wine Director Lisa Haley’s passion for showcasing varietals with a biodynamic, organic and sustainable focus, as well as champagne and sparkling wine selections that complement Boulevard’s seafood-centred dishes. Behind the wood, Bar Manager Justin Taylor and his team shake up an inspired concoction comprising equal parts high-quality local craft spirits, house-made syrups and infusions and a dash of flair.
Along with Haley and Taylor, Boulevard boasts one of Vancouver’s premier front of house teams, with Steve Edwards taking the reins as Director of Operations, and Brian Hopkins assuming the role of Maître d’. Robert “Oyster Bob” Skinner also steps into the post of Oyster Specialist and will preside nightly over the restaurant’s expansive oyster bar, which boasts a dozen seats and a fresh-daily selection of oysters.
“Our team is steadfast in its goal: to deliver the type of ambiance, hospitality and cuisine that speaks to who we are and where we’re located,” says Edwards. “At Boulevard, we pride ourselves on having a contemporary feel grounded in classic technique, an easy approachability and a spirit of service combined with exceptional cuisine.”
In décor, Boulevard represents a crossroads between a traditional European bistro — with Parisian-inspired domed awnings, topiaries in patio planters, pergolas and tonal shades of black and cream — and a more contemporary bespoke design philosophy that embraces local works of art, mercury mirrors, up-cycled and refurbished chandeliers and subtle accents of bronze and gold. Imported Calcutta marble from Italy forms the bar tops, while concrete and limestone tiles from France will feature prominently on the wrap-around patio.