Grapes and Soda in South Granville


Recently me and a friend did a little ‘culinary tour’ in Vancouver, one of our stops was the newly opened Grapes & Soda, on 6th Ave at Granville Street in the neighbourhood of ‘South Granville’ just outside of downtown and Kitsilano. It’s a small space right beside the restaurant: The Farmer’s Apprentice (same owners and same food concept). A cute long space with a funky shabby sheek feel, yet simple. It’s got the same open kitchen concept as the restaurant but with a smaller menu of a few share plates. It’s strength is a creative bartender mixing up cool new cocktails and a wine director who chooses naturally made wines from around the world that pair extremely well with the food which is all about local, fresh and seasonal.

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We started with two cocktails: On the left GNS Clover Club – made with reposed tequila, beet and rhubarb shrub (made in-house), egg whites and lemon thyme (which disappeared quickly 😉 ) ; on the right Tucano made with aged cachaca, guava, rosemary, orgeat and lime (consumed slower in hopes of pronouncing “cachaca” properly!)

IMG_8016Dish #1: marinated anchovy, fennel, celery and lemon

Wine pairing: 2013 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matalica from Marche, Italy

the pickled, salty-ness of the dish matched really well with the crisp acidity with notes of citrus and minerals of the wine.

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Dish #2: chicken balantine, anson mills grits (corn), with hazelnuts and morels

Wine pairing: 2012 Roagna Langhe Bianco from Piedmont, Italy (predominately Chardonnay with Nebbiolo)

the creamy corn polenta and nutty chicken was perfect with the juicy, round and refreshing Chardonnay

IMG_8024Dish #3: organic beef tartare, beets, berries cubeb pepper and watercress with radish

Wine pairing: 2012 Noella Morantin ‘Cot a Cot’ (Malbec) from Loire, France

another perfect pairing, bringing out the rustic side of this wine (with a hint of menthol)

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Dessert: olive oil cake with a grapefruit sorbet

Cocktail pairing: only the bartender knows, but it was a blend of 4 different rums + other delicious ingredients 😉

Simply delicious. A beverage team who are super knowledgable and passionate about what they create and serve and a kitchen team who have palates of adventurers! Drop in Wednesday to Sunday for eats and drinks or pop in for happy hour 5-6:30pm. On another visit, be sure to make a reservation for The Farmer’s Apprentice next door for dinner.

Just trust me – you must dine here!

Grapes & Soda

1541 West 6th Ave at Granville St.

http://grapesandsoda.ca

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