With winter weather fast approaching, you might think grilling season is over. But at Two Rivers Specialty Meats in North Vancouver, carnivores can always find their fix no matter the season.
When I arrived the sun had set and the light from the Two Rivers Meats sign was casting a warm glow over the dark parking lot. I couldn’t wait to go in! The restaurant has a patio area that would be perfect for a summer day; however, if you bundle up a bit you can still eat at the patio in the fall as it is heated. Standing right by the entrance, I was able to see some raw meats hanging in a dry-age room that had glass windows. Straight ahead, there were various meats for sale in a European style deli and take out counter. To the left, there were a few long tables, a bar table, and a kitchen where you can see them cook their delicious dishes. The interiors are very sleek and minimalistic. The room is mostly soft white and the tables are birch colour, making it pleasant to the eyes.
When you’re there, grab the main menu, featured menu, and drink menu. Once you already know what you want, order and pay at the counter. I ordered two featured items, one item from the regular menu, two sides, and two drinks. In case you are wondering, no, I did not eat all of these on my own lol. I’d explode!
Tallow Fries – Crispy with light salt and seasoning.
Green Salad – The radishes and seeds separate it from the standard restaurant salad and the reduction dressing gives it a hint of sweetness without being overbearing.
The Main Menu
Butcher’s Selected Steak
7oz flat iron, smoked chanterelle mushrooms, tallow fries, herb butter
I requested a medium cooked steak and it was very tender and delicious. My husband hates mushrooms; however, he loved the smoked chanterelle mushrooms (I blinked and they were all gone, devoured by him).
Daily Beast Roast
Porchetta roast, roasted brussels sprouts, mustard aioli, apple cream sauce
A full pork belly was lathered with a mix of herbs, rolled, and roasted with the skin on. The skin was very crispy. I loved the herb that was used for this pork belly and I also really liked the mustard aioli which paired well with the meat and roasted Brussel sprouts. The apple cream sauce gave me the feeling of classic pork chops and applesauce meal. PS: You can buy this pork belly raw from the deli and roast it at home.
Miso bone broth, soft poached egg, bean sprouts, noodles, charred garlic chili oil, spiced nori, crispy pork, green onion
This is not the classic ramen you may have eaten at a Japanese restaurant. The broth is different from a Japanese ramen broth in a good way. I can’t really say what I was tasting, but the broth was flavourful and savoury. Ah, and the crispy pork… excellent choice adding this to a ramen dish! I wish all ramen dishes came with crispy pork sprinkled on top. The noodles were plentiful and delicious as well.
For the drinks, I had a Deep Cover lager and a Joie Farm Noble Blend riesling. You have a selection of beer, wine, cider, and hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks.
Two River Meats opens 7 days a week starting October 13: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 8pm and Sunday, 10am – 5pm. When you need a dose of great meat, you can just visit any day of the week :)