Metro Vancouver Lunch Rush: Xi Shi Lounge

Xi Shi Burger
Looking for a great lounge in the heart of downtown Vancouver? Here’s an option for you on Alberni Street.
Italians siesta. Canadians extend lunch — at least, some of us do, on those dreary days we’d rather relax than work. You know the ones.

Without their soon-to-be-installed Alberni Street entrance, Shangri-La’s new Asian-inspired lounge, Xi Shi (pronounced ‘shee shee’), is somewhat hidden to passersby. All the better for someone like me, Kindle in hand, looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a quality meal.

Its impeccable interior — complete with seriously comfortable leather dining chairs — was a fitting setting for a lavish lunch created by chef Wayne Harris and his team: a towering, double patty burger with thick, sizzling hot french fries.

Melting on beef patty number one: an oozing slab of mild mozzarella and four, wonderfully fragrant roasted garlic cloves — another reason to dine alone! A thin baked Parmesan wafer added sharpness to the creation, which was built on a warm, white bun.

Though somewhat of a challenge, Xi Shi’s burger is packed with flavor and worth the mess.

Xi Shi Lounge at Shangri-La
1128 West Georgia St.

This article was written for Metro Newspaper by contributing food columnist, Erin Ireland.

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