Mount Pleasant is going green: Verdura, a salad-focused fast-casual independent restaurant, opens this month on Main Street.
Taking over the former Baguette & Co. space, Verdura is the work a former Whole Foods and Earls employee who was eager to bring fresh, seasonally-driven, nourishing salads to Vancouver.
The renovated space has a very industrial-modern vibe and is infused with greenery and lots of natural light, glass, and wood to give it a true greenhouse feel.
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Customers can opt to select a menu salad made of exciting and vibrant seasonal produce and local products–look for Oyama Sausage’s gorgeous lemon saucisson sec to pop up in some of the selections, for example. You’ll also spy those ingredients in the case, where you can do a build-your-own salad with your choice of greens for a base.
With a summertime open, Verdura’s ingredient list is all about the bounty of the season. There’s raw sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumber, along with enduring choices like roasted squash or beets.
While most of the dishes are vegetarian, it’s easy to adapt the salads to suit an omnivore or vegan. Protein add-ons include anything from ahi tuna to confit chicken, and they do their own tofu which is coated in black and white sesame seeds for that extra energy nudge.
Though more focused on all things green, Verdura is keen to make salads not just the “leafy” kind. There are hearty veggie-full creations, and the filling lentil and roasted beet, too. On the AM side there are a couple of oatmeal options, including a savoury one with poached egg.
Their dressings are all made in house, and some salads come with the extra boost of savoury flavour pops like the Tomato & Corn from the “Vegetable Salad” side of the menu, which has a creamy base of lemony ricotta.
Verdura has lots of beverage options, from kombucha on tap to cans of the bubbly La Croix. They are serving everything in and with compostable packaging and utensils, so it’s easy to grab and go, or you can sit down at their communal tables and dig right in on the spot.
Verdura will open to the public on Friday, July 14.
Address: 2521 Main Street, Vancouver