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OPUS Profile : John deC. Evans

We’re taking you further inside our hotel to introduce you to a few of the people who have made it a reality. I sat down with John deC. Evans, visionary, developer, co-owner and president of OPUS Hotels Corporation, to talk about his vision, favourite rooms, and his perfect day in Vancouver.

Tell us about the OPUS revamp.

In the life of a hotel, there is always the requirement for a makeover. The vision needed to evolve like people, fashion, and music. They all change with time. The energy and spirit of the original vision had been well received globally. We always wanted a residential look and feel, which was expressed in light fixtures, fabric selections and colour choices. We worked collaboratively with Robert Bailey, the interior designer, to continue that approach in the revamp. The goal was to stay true to character – neither more conservative nor more outlandish.

What’s your favourite room and muse?

From a colour perspective, I’ve always liked the muse Mike. I liked the vibrancy of the original, bold red. With the revamp, the colour has softened and brightened but is still a favourite. We retired the golden colour and, hence, the muse couple called Bob and Carol. Frankly, they were dated. They left with their harvest gold colour, which was kind of done. And in came an Hermés orange with our Pierre muse. Love it. If I had to pick, I’d say I like those, Mike and Pierre.

The vision in the rooms and suites was that they would have all of the essential pieces – even in the smallest rooms. There would be the same excitement for guests staying in the standard room as in any other. I’ve stayed in that room. I like that room - the feeling, quality, coziness - as much as the signature penthouse suite.

With each visit, you might be in a different state of mind. If you’re in an introspective mood, you would perhaps choose to stay in Susan’s blue room because it makes you feel restful. Or if you want to have a party weekend – try some things you’ve never tried before – you may stay in Billy’s green room.

Once a guest has stayed with us, they’ll know our muses and colours, and will know upon returning which room to select for their mood. The nice thing about that is a guest will never have the same experience twice.

As a traveler, how would you spend a day in Vancouver?

Get to bed early, get up early. Wake up refreshed when the sun rises (or to sheets of rain). You have the choice to exercise first or go to breakfast. The day is very much about being outside and being active, absorbing the beauty of the city rain or shine. Spend the afternoon at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

There’s amazing dining in the city, including lots of chef owned and operated restaurants, such as Lucais Syme’s La Pentola and Pino Posteraro’s Cioppino’s - both brilliant dining experiences. And there’s a little sushi restaurant on Pacific Boulevard called Ki-Isu – it’s great and always packed.

What are your favourite dishes on the menu at La Pentola?

The soufflé di parmigiano with zucchini crudo and the lemon cream dessert. They have similar textures and they both melt in your mouth. If I never ate another thing, I would be happy.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The French (Canadian) 75 at OPUS Bar

On a sweltering summer day, our heated bodies need to be cooled down. Popsicles, icicles, fans, anything with some modicum of “chill” to turn down the furnace under our skin.

OPUS Bar has an item to add to your list of summer coolants… The French (Canadian) 75.

Presented in its own petit bottle, the almost traditional cocktail contains Blanche de Chambly, a Quebec white ale, instead of champagne. Barman Martin combines Plymouth Gin, Orange Bitters, and Lemon Simple Syrup within the bubbles of the wheat coloured beverage.

Expect your tongue to fizzle with vibrant and sweet citrus flavours as your body reaches a more desirable temperature. You may even swear you’re in the middle of an orange grove if you close your eyes tightly.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Best Brunches in Yaletown

Brunch should be a food group - one of those essential components of nutrition that make our bodies function at the most optimal level. A weekend brunch reignites us after a long week and prepares us for the work days ahead. They are luxurious meals that condone sleeping in, socializing with friends, and cocktails before noon. Honestly, what’s not to love?

We’re lucky at OPUS Hotel to be surrounded by an abundance of delicious restaurants in Yaletown that cater to this decadent meal hour.

La Pentola: Located just an elevator ride away for guests, this Italian eatery is rich with a variety of brunch delicacies, including the traditional Northern Italian pancake, Kaiserschmarrn, colourful three egg omelets, and the refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktail.

350 Davie Street

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Kaiserschmarrn at La Pentola

Glowbal Grill: If you’re a sucker for mini donuts and bustling patio people-watching, this is the dining spot for you. Drink mimosas and pick from one of four Eggs Benedict options.

1079 Mainland Street

Provence Marinaside: With the sight of boats bobbing in the marina visible over your Baked Eggs Florentine, it’s hard to leave this idyllic brunch spot even after you’ve finished eating.

1177 Marinaside Crescent

Elbow Room Café: The best cure for a hangover after a fabulous night in Vancouver resides at this tasty greasy-spoon diner. Not only will the staff berate you for not finishing all the food on your plate, but they will collect a donation to support the AIDS charity A Loving Spoonful.

560 Davie Street

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

La Pentola’s Whole Roasted Branzino

Winter leaves us hollow and empty, and craving something warm and rich to fill the void. In contrast, after a hot summer’s day, our bodies bursting and beaming with sunlight, all we can imagine eating is the lightest possible fare.

On such a blazing day, a month before summer’s official debut, I sat in La Pentola at OPUS Hotel waiting with mouth watering for chef and co-owner Lucais Syme to present me with a succulent Northern Italian dish, the Whole Roasted Branzino, only available at the restaurant between Wednesday and Sunday.

Swimming in a pool of herbs, tomatoes, and lemon, the presentation of the flavourful white fish will cause conversation to pause as mouths slowly drop open and taste buds secrete. The tender meat slips off bones and deliciously moistens the mouth with its juices. Intersperse heavenly mouthfuls with a refreshing sip of white wine - we suggest the Suavia Soave Classico or Vietti Roero Arneis.

Eat slowly and lingeringly to appreciate the sensations, and bustling Yaletown will quickly be replaced by the breezy Mediterranean with each bite consumed.

~ Sandra O’Connell