Next time you are looking for small plate dining and inventive dishes created with locally sourced fine ingredients, you may consider visiting the Livet for your next culinary adventure.
The Livet opened its doors in August 2016 and is located across from the landmark Royal Theatre on Broughton Street. Developed by veter- an restaurateur Graham Meckling, owner of Stage Wine Bar (a Victoria mainstay and Vancouver Magazine Restaurant of the year 2015 & 2016) and award-winning executive Chef Derrek Leong, the restaurant was named in honour of Graham’s purebred English Labrador, Glenlivet.
This summer, Leong will be showcasing a charcuterie program and serving rose sangrias and amaro fizzes among other creations. Leong is an expert at blending cuisines, often merging Asian and French flavours.
Meckling and his chef Derrek Leong were inspired to develop a menu that revolved around small plates:
“I’ve always loved small plates as a way to dine. Something is always coming to the table and you get the chance to try more than one dish which is always fun! My chef Derrek Leong and I have a great desire to give guests the chance to have more than one dining experience at The Livet. Derrek makes some amazing charcuterie and has some fun tools at his disposal with our charcoal grill and custom smoker!”
Meckling wanted the space of his latest venture to be uptempo, uplifting and bright. He hired Victoria based design firm Bidgood + Co. Interior Designers to create a contemporary space.
The neutral palette of the walls is punctuated by mouldings in a geometric display reminiscent of the Art Deco era. A bold block of colour on the bar also contrasts starkly with the walls. Copper accents are found in the spherical light fixtures and barstools, adding a delightful variation in texture to the space. In contrast to the art deco concept, custom wood-slat- ted bench seating creates a repeated pattern of parallel lines and lends a casual, modern feel.
Spend an evening at the Livet’s sublime south facing patio with it’s skyline views, cozy up in the inviting dining room, or dine at the indoor/outdoor bar top for a memorable experience. The Livet also hosts wedding receptions and corporate events.