1858 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 428-4092
Advice: Coffee bar by day and small plates/cocktails/wine bar by night
With years of experience in the coffee industry, owner Sammy Piccolo knows a thing or two about precision and focus as a former global barista champion. Fast track a bunch of years later comes Spade, an elevated coffee bar by day with a focus on small plates and drinks by night. The mood for dinner was set, dimly lit with terrific service, an open kitchen and Chef Kathleen Pearce who has created a beautiful menu to start this journey and I can’t wait to see how it evolves as the days go by.
I had a Limoncello Sour cocktail to start along with some of their house-baked Focaccia with olive oil, and balsamic.
Loved the Insalata di Halloumi with berries, pesto, walnuts, endive, halloumi as well as the outstanding Burrata and Beets salad with beet, burrata, granola, mint.
The Melanzane Parmigiana was delicious with Eggplant, red sauce, provolone, parmesan, herbs; and the Cauliflower with roasted cauliflower, ricotta, salsa verde, seeds was good; the Gnocchi with Squid ink, black garlic, cream, lemon rounded out the savoury dishes.
I tried a couple of desserts, the Olive Oil Cake which was my favourite of the two and the Apple Hand pie.
Slate floors stretch throughout the 40-seat space that features the white walled cafe. Aside from a lush living wall punctuated by a custom emerald green moss-cut out in the shape of an actual spade, the room is nicely anchored by a locally made fourteen-foot communal table hewn from 120 year-old reclaimed cedar. I’m looking forward to seeing how they fare with their coffee game with a daytime visit as I expect Spade is going to deliver a superior experience.
Review by: Richard Wolak