Dining & Wine

The Chef At Our Favourite Hidden Gem Restaurant Dishes (Win!)

November 14, 2022

If you’ve never been to the restaurant inside the Century Plaza Hotel on Burrard, don’t feel bad. Neither had we. But now that we’ve experienced C|Prime Modern Italian Steak & Wine (it somewhat recently reopened, in the space formerly occupied by Beyond Restaurant, with a new exec chef, Behshad Zolnasr, at the helm), it’s on our list of top eateries in the city. The menu is a delicious mix of Italian cuisine and steak—think from-scratch pasta (the gnocchi is pillowy perfection) and choice cuts of beef—accompanied by a thoughtfully curated wine list with a sharp focus on Italian varietals in an intimate-yet-lively setting. We chatted with chef Behshad to learn more. —Noa Nichol

Hello Behshad! Please tell us a bit about yourself and C|Prime to start.

I was raised in West Vancouver, I’ve been professionally cooking since I was 15 years old and I’ve always wanted to be a chef.

You’ve cooked at acclaimed kitchens around the world; what brought you to Vancouver, and C|Prime?

Vancouver is my hometown; I wanted to go abroad and discover amazing cuisines and bring my skills and knowledge back to Vancouver. Cprime has been the restaurant that really lets me do my own style of cooking and for that I’m grateful for.

In our opinion, C|Prime, thanks in large part to you, is one of this city’s greatest hidden culinary gems. Do you agree? What would you like Vancouverites (and visitors) to know about the restaurant?

I am grateful for where Cprime has come in the last year and being at the helm is an honor. But the credit to Cprime’s success goes to the amazing staff past and present that have worked hard through tough times to get where we are today. This is just the tip of the iceberg for my plans for Cprime. I’d like everyone to know the amount of care that goes into all our dishes at Cprime. We really try to go above and beyond to source out the best of the best we can get. As being an Italian Restaurant and a Steakhouse, we give equal amount of love and care to our pasta program as we do into our beef program. The team and I are always learning and wanting to expand our culinary knowledge.

The menu changes often, and definitely seasonally; can you tell us why, and what the thought process behind new dishes is?

Vancouver gives us four seasons’ worth of amazing produce. As a chef I love taking advantage of these seasons and rotating products. We have our signature dishes that stay on the menu but working with my team of sous chefs we love exploring new techniques and cooking methods to make a perfect dish.

This question may be hard to answer, but we must know: what secret ingredient do you use that makes your food so darn good!? (We have never had a bad bite at C|Prime.)

Not hard at all, at Cprime we let the ingredients sing for themselves. Having amazing product, you don’t need too much to make an amazing dish, most of our dishes only have a few ingredients in them and as always love and care go into every dish with a sprinkle of salt!

Beyond C|Prime, what has one of your favourite culinary roles, adventures or experiences been?

Being able to travel Europe was an amazing experience, which I would tell every young chef to do. Getting out of my comfort zone was one of the best decisions I ever made.

If you could only order one dish from the C|Prime menu for the rest of your life, what would it be?!

Our Holstein Ribeye. It’s a unique cut of beef and we are fortunate to sell it at Cprime.


Win! A $250 Gift Card To Dine @ C|Prime!

Congrats Rose A. of Langley, BC, who will receive a $250 Gift Card To Dine @ C|Prime! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from @vitadaily.ca. Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. jean smith

    November 15th, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Medium Rare please @julies1949

  2. Tiana

    November 15th, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Rare @tatdewar

  3. Natalie V

    November 15th, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Medium rare! @natalievana

  4. Nima

    November 15th, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Medium Rare

  5. So La

    November 15th, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Blue, blue, blue pls. : ) @farting_frog

  6. Amber Olak

    November 15th, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Medium rare


  7. Kam

    November 15th, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I like my steak medium-rare!


  8. Esther Allard

    November 15th, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Well done @marraine7

  9. Danica Laurente-Tan

    November 15th, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Medium rare for me! 🙂 @nica_elle

  10. Tabby72

    November 16th, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Medium! @tabby_1972

  11. Cokekiii

    November 16th, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I like medium rare steak! 🙂 @cokekiii

  12. Stephy

    November 16th, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Medium rare @scfoody_

  13. Maryanne

    November 16th, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Medium rare


  14. Andrew

    November 16th, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Medium rare @thirstymole753

  15. Nina Perez

    November 16th, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Medium rare 🥩

  16. Kathleen

    November 16th, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Medium Rare 🥩


  17. Gloria

    November 17th, 2022 at 8:59 am

    I like my steak medium rare


  18. Talwinder mangat

    November 18th, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Well done


  19. Daniella

    November 19th, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Rare almost blue even! 😋

  20. Marilyn

    November 19th, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Medium rare 🥩

  21. Mary Danieli

    November 19th, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Medium Well, please.

  22. Louis

    November 19th, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Medium rare @sweetheartttime

  23. Tina

    November 20th, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Medium @tlee351

  24. Jen Tse

    November 21st, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Rare @juicytse

  25. Nickolas

    November 21st, 2022 at 7:13 am


  26. Rose

    November 21st, 2022 at 12:27 pm


  27. Eileen @604girl

    November 21st, 2022 at 3:50 pm


  28. Michelle cox

    November 21st, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Medium rare 🙂


  29. Ron C

    November 22nd, 2022 at 12:00 am


  30. Leah

    November 22nd, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Medium well

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