Lumiere & Feenies are no longer Rob Feenie Restaurants

In 2006, I took my wife to Lumiere and blogged about it here on Metroblogging. [MB, MB and MB]I was really impressed with the quality of the food and how the food artists took the care and time to make something so beautiful and so tasty (well, except for the cow’s tongue). When I checked out the news today in the Vancouver sun, it turns out that Rob Feenie had essentially been “constructively dismissed” as executive chef at both Lumiere and Feenies since August. Today, he has terminated his partnership with Sidhoo, citing breach of contract due to his loss of position as executive chef.

Going to Lumiere for our anniversary was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had with my wife – after all, the thrill of going to a restaurant run by the famous Iron Chef Rob Feenie was well…. cool. Now that he is gone, I think that the two restaurants will have to compete solely on the food, rather than Rob Feenie’s name. It remains to be seen whether Dale MacKay, the new executive chef, will continue the tradition of fine food, artistic quality and impeccable service that my wife and I received while we were there.

I expect that Rob Feenie will get another chance to start a new restaurant here soon. He is a mainstay in the Vancouver food industry here and helped put Vancouver on the map as one of North America’s capitals of cuisine. Good luck to him!

2 Comments so far

  1. Lydia (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    There goes my dream of eating there.

  2. Sou'Wester (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 9:11 am

    We ate at Lumiere about a year ago and I have to say, I was not a happy camper. The food was lovely, but not as lovely as it should have been for the price of the meal. The bill was shockingly high. One of our dishes was an out and out miss, although three of us had very nice meals.

    I also loathe the decor, and while that has nothing to do with the food, it has everything to do with the diner. The restaurant is done up in a cold, modern, utterly soul-less design, tables all exposed in a “see and be seen” style. Ick.

    I vastly prefer either Bishop’s or La Belle Auberge. Better food, better value, and lovely ambiance.

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