Best roast chicken in Vancouver

Jun 2 2016, 1:30 am

Nothing beats the taste of a perfectly roasted chicken. Often cooked on a spit, the poultry classic boasts plump tender meat, crackling skin, and more often than not flavoursome rubs.

From traditional versions to more exotic Asian-style birds, here is a list of the best roast (and rotisserie) chicken in Vancouver.

Homer St. Cafe & Bar

Photo courtesy Homer St. Cafe (Joann Pai)

Photo courtesy Homer St. Cafe (Joann Pai)

No matter where you sit at Homer St. Cafe one thing is for certain, you will detect the delicious, meaty aromas wafting over from the kitchen’s signature fire engine red Rotisol Grande Flame Olympia Rotisserie, which rotates deliciously crisp and juicy chicken ever so slowly. Irresistible, Homer St. Cafe’s rotisserie-roasted chicken (sold as quarter, half, or whole cuts) is served with coleslaw, roasted potatoes, and an addictive chicken jus.

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-4299
Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar

Market Meats

Want your roast chicken to go? Head on over to Market Meats, a popular Kitsilano butcher, that not only sells gourmet, quality meats but also roasts chickens in batches throughout the day on their in-house rotisserie. With mild seasoning and perfectly roasted meat Market Meats’ chickens are free-range, free from antibiotics, and free of GMO. Since the butcher tends to sell out of their birds, call ahead and put your name on one. You wont be disappointed, they’re dangerously good!

Address: 2326 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-737-0905
Twitter: @MarketMeats

Freebird Chicken Shack

Photo courtesy of Freebird (Ellen Ho)

Photo courtesy of Freebird Chicken Shack (Ellen Ho)

Brought to life by acclaimed chef and long-time restaurateur Chef Angus An, Freebird Chicken Shack offers a robustly flavourful Asian-style rotisserie chicken. Available in quarter, half, and whole-bird portions, Freebird’s chicken is marinated in coconut milk, fish sauce, garlic, and palm sugar, garnished with toasted rice and fried shallots, and served with green papaya and chicken rice.

Address: Store 105, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Phone: 604-553-1382
Twitter: @freebirdckn

L’Epicerie Rotisserie and Gourmet Shop

As the name suggests L’Epicerie Rotisserie and Gourmet Shop offers a range of rotisserie-style chickens. Tucked away in the Public Market on Granville Island, the stall offers crisp birds in four rubs: Mediterranean, Citrus and Herb, Honey and Rosemary, and Mushroom. Devour whole or as part of a sandwich combo.

Address: 1689 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver
Phone: 604-653-7317

La Brasserie

Photo courtesy La Brasserie (Miya Gu Photography)

Photo courtesy La Brasserie (Miya Gu Photography)

Famed for its Franco-German eats, this neighbourhood gem offers a succulent beer brined rotisserie chicken, which is available on the restaurant’s dinner menu. The chicken is first brined for 24 to 48 hours in a mixture of German dark beer, sugar, water, garlic, and herbs such as rosemary. Once it’s finished brining the bird is placed on the rotisserie to cook. This helps the chicken maintain its juiciness. Served hot and smoky, La Brasserie’s chicken comes with house-made red cabbage, confit garlic jus, and frites.

Address: 1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-5400
Twitter: @La_Brasserie

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