When a neighbourhoood full of restaurants bands together for a special event like the Taste of Yaletown, it accords diners the chance to get to know a new place–or two, or three–to eat.
Among the over two dozen restaurants on the 2015 Taste of Yaletown roster, there are places that are either or both new to Yaletown or new to the event. Check them out here, then check them out during TOY 2015.
Head to this brand new Bowen Island-born small-batch bakery to check out their sweet offerings. It’s basically a double-header of pie goodness. For the main, enjoy a slice of their meat pie (Tourtiere) with a side of mixed greens. Then, because there’s no such thing as too much pie, enjoy a slice of one of their specialty pies for dessert.
Address: 1066 Mainland Street
North Vancouver’s beloved Anatoli Souvlaki has embarked on a new second-gen endeavour in Yaletown with their bold and adventurous take on classic Greek flavours and dishes in a modern setting. For TOY 2015 The Greek has a $35 three-course menu with an array of options for each course. Try their Grilled Octopus or Keftjedes (Greek meatballs) or a salad to start, then move into the main with Moussaka, Country Lamb, or their signature rabbit. Dessert is a sweet choice of Ekmek (pumpkin custard), an espresso mousse, or Baklava.
Address: 1043 Mainland Street
Surrey’s Central City took things right to downtown Vancouver recently with the launch of their “Red Racer” pub. Diners will find a welcoming space great for a meal with friends or even a date, and for TOY they’re going all out with a three-course $35 meal that gets going with Burnt End Cheese Toasties, features a sirloin steak (with Brussels spouts and potatoes) for the main, and ends with a decadent brownie. What makes this one special is that the savoury courses include 5-ounce taster portions of a cider (appetizer) and beer (main), and the dessert is paired with a cocktail.
Address: 871 Beatty Street
You’ll find plant-based nutrient rich foods at the newly-opened ZEND in Yaletown. They’ve got a three course meal that’s served with their “Amour” ZEND cocktail. Look for fun, colourful vegan food using fresh ingredients prepared with a global flair.
Address: 1130 Mainland Street
This popular burger spot is joining the TOY lineup this year with a $25 three-course menu that offers a pretty impressive sprawl of choices. Kick things off with something sinful, like their Deep Fried Pickles, then opt for either one of their signature burgers, a veggie burger, or not a burger at all–they’re offering up dishes like Jerk Chicken, Asian Garlic Noodles, or Pacific Cod Tacos for the entree. Round things off with a sweet treat; we suggest their World Famous Drunken Donuts, because…why not?
Address: 1039 Mainland Street
Sushi Maro is getting in on the TOY game for 2015, and has a solid sushi-centric menu for $35 that starts off with a chef’s selection of Aburi-style sushi. For the main, it’s your choice of four Maro Sets, including a sashimi selection or a special roll. Roll right into dessert with your choice of three flavours of deep fried ice cream.
Address: 101-1168 Hamilton Street (enter on Mainland)
Though it’s not new to Yaletown or TOY, Brix & Mortar is a new chapter in the ongoing story of the neighbourhood’s popular Brix and its adjoining downstairs/around the other side George. The two restaurants have merged and relaunched with a unified menu, more dining space options, and a swank year-round patio to rival Brix’s famous courtyard. They’ve kicked off their reboot just in time to take part in Taste of Yaletown this year.
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