Following a three-month renovation, the team behind the popular meat-free restaurant MeeT on Main have opened its sister spot, MeeT in Gastown.
Taking over the former Shirakawa (and Boneta) space at the historic 12 Water Street building, MeeT warmed up the restaurant with their signature eclectic and upcycled decor. Grab a seat from a school in Prince George (stamped “SD 57”) at a table made of reclaimed wood. Decor items harken back to a wood-paneled 70s rec room, and, as it so happens, there is some nicely laid out wood paneling on one of the few non-glass walls in the restaurant.
The menu is much like that at the original MeeT on Main, showcasing meat and dairy substitutes and vegan and vegetarian “plant-based” ingredients delivered in creative comfort-food oriented dishes. Look for easily shared appys like their Sweet-Chili Cauliflower, mountains of crispy fries, and “Chiggin Things” (think chicken wings, but, like, not chicken) in either a BBQ or spicy Buffalo-style sauce.
Mains run the gamut from the more health-conscious tofu-veggie-rice bowls to the seriously oozy Mac’N’Cheez Burger, which packs the punch of pickled jalapeños, chipotle mayo, and their signature vegan “Mac’N’Cheez” and house-smoked meatless burger. Keep an eye out for lots of gluten-free items, as well; the menu helpfully points out what elements of a dish contain gluten.
Over at the bar, MeeT has a tight menu of craft cocktails that use house-made mixes and syrups, and on tap there’s everything from local beers, gluten-free beer, Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, and a refreshing kombucha (that even a non-kombucha drinker could love).
Right now MeeT in Gastown is open in the evenings for a week or two of “soft launch” service, and will expand their hours soon after.
Address: 115-12 Water Street