1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Tel: (604) 984-1842
Advice:Takes reservations, walk-ins welcome.
In the heart of North Van, the tap & forno restaurant is located next door to the brewery which opened up a few years prior. The menu features and many of the menu favourites are accented using their own beer.
Over a couple of visits with different friends, I have tried a selection of the beers including a tasting flight of my favourite Red 5 ale, along with the Ninjitsu, Hearthstone IPA and the Cali Common beers. I have also enjoyed The Gragham Cracker Ale and Chocolate Milk Stout.
I loved the Stuffed Mushroom Caps filled with Goat cheese, walnut & roast garlic. Aged balsamic, parmesan breadcrumbs & toasted ciabatta and so addictively good! The Stuffed Acorn Squash was gluten-free and filled with a tasty Lentil & chickpea ragu, mushrooms, forno roasted vegetables, harissa, fruit chutney, feta. I loved the Beer Can Brick Roasted Chicken Yogurt marinated ½ chicken. Pan roasted veg, fennel/arugula salad, pilnser pan jus, such a delicious dish.
As they specialize in pizza having the beautiful two pizza ovens side by side in the kitchen, I loved the Fennel Salami Pizza with fruit chutney, pine nuts, basil, pickled peppers which made for a wonderful change from the usual tomato sauce base; as well as the Smoked Beef Cheek Pizza with cream, roast garlic, fiore di latte, grana padano, truffle; I have also had the Chorizo Pizza with green olive, pickled peppers, fiore di latte, fresh basil.
It is great to see they have a couple of desserts on offer as well, I loved the Chocolate Milk Stout & Espresso Panna Cotta with candied pecans, cocoa crumble, amaretti biscuits which was smooth and yum.
There are a lot of great finds on the menu for pairing with the beers or dishes to enjoy on their own.
Review by: Richard Wolak