M8 is a modern marriage of Chef Xin’s two greatest culinary influences: China + Italy.
Nestled under the Burrard Bridge along the Yaletown Seawall, M8 restaurant (pronounced “mate”) is a true marriage of Chinese and Italian culinary traditions. One of the latest additions to Vancouver’s waterfront dining roster, it melds the family heritage of Chef-Owner, Xin Mao with an impressive amount of Italian culinary experience.
The menu includes such dishes as the signature Shimeiji Mushroom Tempura (based on a recipe handed down by Chef Xin’s maternal grandfather); Crispy Duck, prepared Peking Duck-style with a soybean cassoulet; a Tiger Prawn Bucatini that reimagines a traditional san xian dumpling within an Italian context; the perfect complement to the breathtaking views of False Creek, the Granville Bridge and Granville Island.
An equally adventurous cocktail menu boasts terrace-friendly tipples such as the Green Tea Cooler (Lillet, Green Tea, Citrus, Osmanthus, Orange Blossom) and the Baijiu Sour of the Season which adds a traditional Chinese spirit to the Bourbon-forward classic.
M8’s east-facing patio is now open Tuesday to Sunday for Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner and weekend Brunch service.
EXECUTIVE CHEF, CO-OWNER
Born and raised in the historic city of Luoyang in China’s Henan province, Chef Xin Mao came to Canada at age 18 to study international trade. He also brought with him a natural affinity for the regional cooking he learned at his grandfather’s knee. It was this second passion that eventually won out, with Mao dropping business studies in favour of the culinary program at Vancouver’s Art Institute.
Xin worked his way up the line at storied Italian restaurants such as Cin Cin and Cioppino’s, before co-launching the critically acclaimed MoMa Bistro in Richmond in 2014.
Graphic designer Amiee Kang created a series of imagery utilizing photos of the Beijing Opera. This creative direction is the key element for M8’s branding. The images are a playful symbolism of the constant aspiration for culinary excellence. The logo is also highly influenced by Chinese traditional culture, one of it being the Yin-Yang symbol which represents the harmonious culture of M8.
Fitted with plush teal banquettes, angular gold-veined mirrored panels, whimsical re-imagined Chinese Opera artwork, Venetian plaster accents and bold brass-and-natural-marble light fixtures by local designer Randy Zeiber, M8’s 60-seat dining room balances laid-back comfort with high style, thanks to award-winning designer Negar Reihani of Space Harmony.
L O C A T I O N
3 - 1010 Beach Ave.
1. Street Parking: Pay parking on Beach Avenue
2. Underground Parking: The alley entrance on the south side of Beach Avenue leads to the indoor parking. Please park at the stalls with green markings that indicates ‘Visitor Parking”.
3. False Creek Ferries Parking Lot: Outdoor pay parking, located on the south side of Beach Avenue