Located in Gastown, this “modern tavern” offers one of the best craft beer and cocktail selections in the city, including organically grown wines.
Their menu is beyond any “pub fare” I’ve ever experienced. The food is prepared with care and includes free-run meats, and poultry and ocean wise fish.
This is a great place to get together with friends for a pint. They have over 50 local craft beers on tap. With so many options, it’s only natural that they offer 6oz tasters for only $3. A pint will only set you back $7 – depending on which beer you order, and they have a few – pilsners, ales, stouts – you name it.
Their menu is divided into small and share plates, salads, entrees and “samwhiches”. They also have a brunch menu. Their portions are very generous.
For starters we had the Mezze Plate ($13) White Bean & Green Olive Dip, Housemade Rosemary Garlic Flatbread, Goat Feta, Olives & Caponata. The flatbread was so good, I ordered more.
I mentioned that the portions are generous – check out the Pork Belly ($14) – BBQ Pork Belly sandwich with beer braised onions, jalapeno ‘slaw & fries. It barely fitted onto the plate. I would order this again in a heartbeat. The fries the skinny type fries and weren’t over cooked or greasy, just perfect.
We wanted to order one item from each category on the menu. Moving onto the entrees, I settled for the Seared Albacore Tuna ($18) – Green Olive Tapenade, Red Lentil Puree and greens. It was an odd pairing, but it turned out all right. The tuna was delicious. I love it when it’s perfectly seared in all its juicy glory. I found the lentils a bit grainy – I wasn’t a fan.
For dessert we ordered the seasonal chocolate and blood orange bread pudding. I imagine heaven tastes like this. What can I say, blood orange and chocolate? moist bread pudding and vanilla bean ice cream? It was simply delightful.
As I mentioned before, Alibi Room offers a nice cocktail menu. What I didn’t say is that they come with a warning: their cocktails are “sipping cocktails” – made to enjoy and sip for a long period of time due to their potency. I ordered a dark and stormy ($8.25) – house ginger syrup, dark rum, fresh lime and soda. One sip and I was hooked! But man, did it ever pack a punch.
I have to say I was impressed by the Alibi Room. Good quality food and portions, good service and honest cocktails. Good value for your money. Check them out next time you’re in Gastown and follow them on Twitter: @alibiroom
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