I wonder how many of our ever-growing readership are familiar with the flora and fauna of British Columbia. For our part, we’re pretty clued up, and knew straight away that the Blacktail in Blacktail Florist refers to a species of deer, especially prevalent on the west coast of Canada. Outdoorsy sorts, us. Always out roaming the hills and valleys, getting up to Ray Mears type shenanigans. Honest. If Blacktail represents the rugged nature of the region, then Florist is the softer side, still organic but with a more decorative slant. When taken together, these yin and yang elements form the spirit of the restaurant in Gastown, Vancouver.
Both sides of the Blacktail Florist philosophy are evident in the venue’s design, delivered by Ste Marie Art and Design. Flowers and plants contribute to an inviting, woodland walk feel, with posies of wild blooms and animals beautifully displayed in vitrines built into the art deco style frosted windows, lit by the folks at Good Animal. Chef Jimmy Stewart’s menu is led by the same commitment to celebrating the environment of British Columbia and the wider Canada, and includes many wild, seasonal products.