Yesterday I got together with my friend David to watch the Canucks play. The guys had a great game and we decided to go out and celebrate at Grain Tasting Bar on Burrard.
Located inside the Hyatt Hotel, if you’re looking for a great place to have drinks and small plates with friends look no further. The menu is full of local brews and distilleries representing various regions of BC, like this great tasting Red Truck lager from North Vancouver.
The decor is contemporary – the seating surrounds the bar which is the centre piece of the room. Grain showcases broad windows with views of the cathedral and Burrard st. In the summer the windows come out to offer one of the best patios the city has to offer. This is urban tapas at its finest.
The menu showcases local growers and producers. We decided to check out their share menu available from 4pm – 11pm.
The smoked wood fire pizza caught our eye. David is a vegetarian so we ordered the artichoke and spinach pizza.
I could write a sonnet to this pizza. It would go something like this: “oh ye tasty morsel, thy sauce is tangy and sweet. I melt in thy gaze like the soft melted boursin cheese between thy folds. My heart cracks at the sight of you, such is thy thin, thin crust. ”
You get the idea. This is really, really good pizza. The pizza was finished with a hint of truffle oil and parmesan cheese. It was a thing of beauty. David and I were in heaven! The pizzas are $15 – $12 on Sundays. Yay for specials!
We still had room for dessert. We indulged by ordering the banana split.
I fell in love with this dessert when I dined at Mosaic upstairs. (Mosaic is one of my favourite restaurants!) The caramelized bananas are so yummy and the vanilla bean ice cream is rich but not overwhelming. This dessert has many tasty surprises hidden in its folds. Like the pistachio dusting that adds an extra layer of texture and flavour.