Those who’ve had the chance to travel to Vancouver know how big of a foodie city Vancouver really is. I’ve seen such a big change in the food scene there even in the last couple of years. Here are my 5 latest food discoveries in this beautiful city.
1) Heirloom Vegetarian – Thinking about this spot as I write this is making my mouth water. I became obsessed with Heirloom as soon as I tasted one of their homemade drinks and delicious Cesar kale salad. The whole time I was in Vancouver, I kept wanting to go back to try every single item on their menu. I loved that they had both a vegetarian and vegan menu to choose from and an abundant selection of colorful and super tasty items. Even though the restaurant is almost always packed, there’s a nice laid back feel to it. The place is modern, airy and inviting. I secretly hope they open up a restaurant in Toronto in the near future… or that I find a way to get that delicious kale salad sent to me.
2) Salt Tasting Room – This spot was recommended to me by Vancouver Tourism and boy was I glad I decided to check it out. This tiny back alley joint is the perfect spot for appetizers or pre-dinner drinks. We had the chance to check out their tapas menu and be a part of their “San Sebastián Experiment”, which was the best way to taste their wine and different tapas. For every flight of wine we ordered, we were given three free tapas, like in San Sebastián, which I had the pleasure of visiting last summer! Salt Tasting room is super convivial and offers a great selection of local wines and delicious food. They had a particularly good selection of cheese that I was impressed by. It’s a great place to go as a couple or to bring friends.
3) Pourhouse – Located in Gastown and in a beautiful 100-year-old building, the Pourhouse is a great place for a cocktail or delicious and comforting food. Its dimly light space is intimate and cozy. The menu is varied and feature some unique twists on classic dishes. Their drinks are stiff, creative and very tasty. Their desserts are larger than life and oh so sweet. It’s the ideal place to have a laid back romantic dinner.
4) Meet on Main – Located on Main Street in East Van, this vegan and vegetarian hotspot became one of my instant favorites for several reasons. First, the food is original, flavourful and delicious. Second, everything on the menu is reasonably priced and the portions are big. And third, the casual dining atmosphere makes it welcoming to all.
5) Meat & Bread – If you’re looking for a quick and delicious spot to eat lunch while in Vancouver, stop by Meat & Bread located either on Cambie or Pender Street. This no-fuss, grab and go spot, assembles their mouthwatering selection of sandwiches right in front of your eyes. Their menu changes frequently and always offers a vegetarian option. I had one of the best grilled cheeses I’ve tasted in a really long time.