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Vancouvers Grain Tasting Bar

Mitchell Kerr spills concerning the open-air lounge at 655 Burrard Street

Please tell us about the Grain Tasting Bar!

Grain Tasting Bar exemplifies the Vancouver experience. Focused on 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.

You have a commitment to sourcing local ingredients as much as possible. Can you go into more detail relating to 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 satisfy with producers and becoming to know them on the closer level. Bc has such a wide array of products that it seems crazy to check beyond the province if we can get it here. Our commitment to local ingredients also extends into our beer, wine and cocktail program having a 100% BC wine program that pairs perfectly with local BC products. Our cocktail program utilizes BC spirits, so when using fresh herbs, we source from Barnston Island Herbs.
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You've quite a few shared plates. Which are the benefits of shared plates for diners?!

We designed Grain Tasting Bar to be about sharing the ones coming together through food. Shared plates really allow individuals to connect through the experience of a communal dish while giving guests an opportunity to try a multitude of dishes and flavours.

We love to how your menu specifies the local suppliers by listing ingredients that come from them in your menu descriptions! Can you tell us a bit more concerning your suppliers?

Oyama Sausage honours its roots inside the discipline and tradition of a five-generation, family-based charcuterie trade but has added the complexities of flavour thanks to the wonderful multicultural diversity of Vancouver. They select the freshest ingredients without compromise; in case a cut of meat does not meet their standards, it simply does not go into their goods. They take their time, respecting the recipes and techniques 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. In addition to providing the finest protein products available, its goal would be to strengthen the connection between producers and consumers. They wish to foster a deep understanding amongst chefs, retailers, restaurants, consumers and also the local farms that provide our products. They think that people should know where their meals are coming from, and that it was produced ethically and naturally.

We see you have a large amount of aged and cured ingredients? Is it possible to share more about them?

What started our journey to presenting BC ingredients was Oyama Sausage and also the delectable cured meats they produce. A great pairing for cured meats is aged cheese, along with the strong BC cheese industry we didnt have to go far to source quality ingredients. Ive been lucky enough to get explore Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island to find out where our cheeses are coming from and the artisan approach they decide to try production. Moonstruck Cheese, as an example, is a tiny producer on Salt Spring Island that generates exceptional organic cheeses year-round. You can drive right 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 in the Fraser Valley with Barnston Island spinach, fresh avocado and tomatoes. This is then covered with our house-made hollandaise.

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