Dockside Restaurant new executive chef

VANCOUVER, B.C., March 18th, 2024 – Dockside Restaurant, welcomes a new innovative leadership team with Executive Chef Josef Driemel, and Director of Food and Beverage Eugene Vassilev. Unveiling a modern and exciting menu with interactive dining experiences while embracing Dockside Restaurant’s longstanding presence in Vancouver’s culinary landscape. 

Located in the Granville Island Hotel (1253 Johnston Street) Dockside Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Impressing guests at first sight, the floor to ceiling windows make the stunning False Creek waterfront views the centre stage, evoking a true West Coast flair. There’s no doubt the bright and spacious dining room is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. The restaurant is also home to one of Vancouver’s most iconic patios, where dining on the waterfront at Dockside has become a summer institution over the last decade, with over 200 seats facing out into False Creek.

Dockside Restaurant is delighted to introduce a full menu overhaul with Chef Josef Driemel as the new head of its culinary team. Josef was previously awarded with two illustrious Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand accolades in 2022 and 2023. 

Chef Josef brings a fresh perspective and innovative culinary vision to Dockside, with a passion for showcasing the best of local ingredients. His commitment to excellence and creativity promises to elevate Dockside’s Pacific Northwest dining offerings to new heights by combining Mediterranean and French techniques with an Asian sensibility towards balance and flavours.

“I am very excited to take on this next chapter in my career. The opportunity to work alongside some very talented professionals is the perfect storm for our vision moving forward. Paying homage to our multi-cultural city, we will introduce new flavours and techniques inspired by diverse cultures, while sourcing ingredients from local suppliers, keeping the Pacific Northwest cuisine at heart. Dockside is a staple of Vancouver and Granville Island businesses and I hope to continue to improve and expand its reputation for great food and excellent service.”

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Eugene Vassilev, who started his career at Dockside Restaurant in 2002 and stepped away in 2016 to expand his restauranteur skills, is returning to Dockside, assuming the role of Director of Food and Beverage. With a wealth of experience in hospitality management and a keen eye for delivering exceptional service, Eugene is dedicated to ensure that every guest’s experience at Dockside is nothing short of extraordinary.

“I’m beyond excited to return to Dockside in the Director role. It really is like coming home for me, and I couldn’t be happier to be back with the team that I basically grew up with. I’m also thrilled to roll out our new culinary program; Josef is one of the most talented and meticulous Chefs I’ve had the privilege of working with, but he’s also become a close friend. It truly is a ‘lightning in a bottle’ type of opportunity for us both to be doing what we love alongside each other at this incredible venue, and I believe that energy will translate into some phenomenal guest experiences”

With it’s transformation, Dockside Restaurant showcases the finest locally sourced ingredients and innovative cooking techniques, offering a revamped menu with a diverse selection of dishes that are sure to tantalize the taste buds of even the most discerning diners. 

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