310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Advice: Takes reservations, walk-ins welcome.
Located on the Western edge of Olympic Village, close to the Canada-line station, it’s a large brewpub dining hall with seating for 160 and a bar that seats 30, you will also find a band stage featuring live music most nights, that can be seen from both the bar and restaurant. Executive Chef Alex Newton has created a great menu of tempting dishes and many are accented using their own beer. Take a look through the windows from the bar which over looks their expansive brewery.
I enjoyed a Paddle of Beers giving me a chance to try some of their Big Rock beers, on the paddle the Rauchbier, Red Ale, Single Hopped IPA, and the Chocolate Malt Stout. I then had the tasty Caprese Salad ($16) to start with Natural Pastures Fior Di latte, green and red tomatoes, pistou. Next was the Between the Ferns Capellini ($15) with pan fried fiddleheads, lardons, leeks, garlic and herbs in an IPA compound butter, capellini pasta, light cream, finished with beet chips, roasted pistachios, and fresh goat cheese, I loved the Asian spin in this delicious pasta dish. I then had the Asian Poutine ($7) with shoestring fries,demi glacé, IPA kimchi, smoked mozzarella and aged cheddar! Lastly for dessert, I loved the Smores in the Skillet ($7) smokey pretzel crumb, Rauchbier ganache, bourbon vanilla marshmallow, topped with Big Rock stout gelato.
You will find an extensive menu that is well mapped out featuring share a little and share a lot menu offerings, there are forno oven baked pizzas, and a selection of gluten dishes and big plates, alongside a beverage menu that includes on tap beers, cocktails and wine.
I am looking forward to visiting again as well the next visit will be to try their brunch.
Review by: Richard Wolak