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Hidden Haunts

Qualicum Bay scallops at Brix. Photo by KK Law

Some of the best al fresco dining spots are also well concealed. At Yaletown’s Brix, the 1912 courtyard now serves as a romantic patio, with a glass ceiling in case of showers. Inventive plates range from an Asian ahi tuna duo to a chicken breast stuffed with raspberry, mascarpone and brioche. And the late-night menu is a rare find. “Brix” is the measurement used to calibrate ripeness of grapes prior to harvest: no surprise, the wine selections are broad. Find more discreet retreats at Il Giardino di Umberto and L’Altro Buca.  –  Tim Pawsey

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