JAR Restaurant Is Set To Join Nanaimo’s Culinary Scene

The last time I stayed in Nanaimo, a lot of eating was involved with my trip, as I sampled the exquisite range of cuisines offered by local restaurants.

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I was recently delighted to hear that the Harbour City is set to welcome a new eatery with one of Nanaimo’s most celebrated chefs at the helm.

A long-time Vancouver Island resident, Chef David Wong has seen his talents receive critical acclaim on the international culinary scene since completing the Culinary Arts program at Malaspina College (now known as Vancouver Island University) in 1998.

Chef Wong’s apprenticeship at the prestigious Pan Pacific Hotel in downtown Vancouver eventually led to representing Canada in the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition held in Lyon, France in 2009. Chef Wong finished ninth in the world.

Fast forward to 2012 and Chef Wong has returned home to Nanaimo, ready to culminate his long-time love affair with food into a unique breakfast and lunch eatery. With an emphasis on local food, JAR will be proud to feature a variety of heritage and free-range meats, and select organic produce.

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Renovations are currently underway and JAR Restaurant is aiming for a mid-September opening. Found at 6595 Applecross Road, in north Nanaimo, JAR promises to quickly find its place amongst Nanaimo’s most-loved culinary establishments. In the meantime, follow JAR Restaurant on Twitter to stay in the loop with the latest news on the opening.

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7 Comments on “JAR Restaurant Is Set To Join Nanaimo’s Culinary Scene

  1. This is exciting – I hope he’ll have a range of vegetarian/vegan items on the menu for those of us non-meat eaters.

    I wish him all the best – Nanaimo has sadly lost about 3 – 4 restaurants in the last month alone. It’s been a hard blow.

  2. I too wish him all the best! I absolutely loved the restaurant that occupied that address previously (the Urban Beet), so like Marina above I hope that there is an emphasis on fresh whole foods, lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Let it be a bastion for those of us who drive hours to Nanaimo from more remote places on the Island to kill our souls in big box stores (like Costco right next door) — we need a great place to relax and fuel our bodies before returning home!

  3. It’s about time North Nanaimo had an alternative to the boring chain restaurants. Good for David to share his talent with us.

  4. Thanks Keira-Anne and thanks everyone for your excitement. Really looking forward to opening mid-September and meeting all these foodies!
    Sincerely,
    Dave Wong

  5. A huge loss to the Vancouver food scene but an amazing opportunity for those in Nanaimo to taste the world class talent of a world class chef. I met Dave when he was the Executive Chef of the Fairmont Pacific Rim and when he left Vancouver it was a huge loss. He is a talented, passionate and brilliant chef! I want to wish him well with his new chapter. I only wish he was closer so I could eat there 3 x a week. Hmm calls for a trip to the Island and a visit to Naniamo. Congratulations to Dave and the whole foodie scene over there….one taste and your expectations will change forever.

  6. We ate at Jar today – Wow, it was delicious!!! David even came over to see if our daughter was enjoying her sandwich, as he personally understood kids can have picky taste!! So nice to see such whole foods being used and knowing that what we were eating was actually good for us:) Will definetly be back to enjoy something else from the menu soon. Thanks Jar

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