Vancouvers Grain Tasting Bar
Mitchell Kerr spills about the open-air lounge at 655 Burrard Street
Please reveal about the Grain Tasting Bar!
Grain Tasting Bar exemplifies the Vancouver experience. Dedicated to local growers, brewers, wineries and distilleries, our menu provides a wide variety of flavours and spirits representing British Columbia.
Grain Tasting Bar
Rustic yet contemporary, Grain Tasting Bar combines broad windows with chic ambience, perfectly blending the regions natural elements with urban design. Our innovative window system features retractable panes, crafting Vancouvers best seasonal open-air lounge.
There is a commitment to sourcing local ingredients whenever you can. Can you go into more detail concerning this?
Weve built relationships with local suppliers and producers to ensure we are sourcing the very best ingredients for our dishes. This has involved our Executive Chef Jeffrey Szombaty taking regular trips to Granville Island to fulfill with producers and achieving to know them on a closer level. British Columbia has such a wide array of products that it seems crazy to check beyond the province when we can get it here. Our dedication to local ingredients also extends into our beer, wine and cocktail program using a 100% BC wine program that pairs perfectly with local BC products. Our cocktail program utilizes BC spirits, when using fresh herbs, we source from Barnston Island Herbs.
You've got quite a few shared plates. What are the benefits of shared plates for diners?!
We designed Grain Tasting Bar to be about sharing and individuals coming together through food. Shared plates really allow visitors to connect through the connection with a communal dish while giving guests a way to try a multitude of dishes and flavours.
We love to how your menu specifies your local suppliers by listing ingredients that come from them inside your menu descriptions! Can you tell us a bit more about your suppliers?
Oyama Sausage honours its roots within the discipline and tradition of your five-generation, family-based charcuterie trade but has added the reasons of flavour thanks to the wonderful multicultural diversity of Vancouver. They choose the freshest ingredients without compromise; if a cut of meat doesn't meet their standards, it really does not go into many. They take their time, respecting the recipes and methods that have worked for centuries.
Two Rivers Specialty Meats can be a purveyor of fine local meats that are free of antibiotics, hormones, and chemical feed additives. Along with providing the finest protein products available, its goal is to strengthen the connection between producers and consumers. They want to foster a deep understanding amongst chefs, retailers, restaurants, consumers and also the local farms offering our products. They think that people should know where their meals are coming from, and that it was produced ethically not to mention.
We see you have a large amount of aged and cured ingredients? Are you able to share more about them?
What started our journey to getting BC ingredients was Oyama Sausage and the delectable cured meats they produce. A perfect pairing for cured meats is aged cheese, and with the strong BC cheese industry we didnt will need to go far to source quality ingredients. Ive been fortunate enough to explore Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island to find out where our cheeses are via and the artisan approach they decide to try production. Moonstruck Cheese, for instance, is a tiny producer on Salt Spring Island that creates exceptional organic cheeses year-round. You can drive up and see the cows and learn about the different techniques they decide to try production.
What is your favourite healthy menu item for brunch?
My favourite healthy item around the brunch menu may be the Grilled Chicken Benedict. We use chicken from the Fraser Valley with Barnston Island spinach, fresh avocado and tomatoes. Your particulars are often covered with our house-made hollandaise.