Veg Dinner at Bauhaus

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times; there has never been a better time to be a vegetarian than right now in Vancouver. 

This past year has brought a proliferation of vegan and vegetarian products to fast-food chains, and that has changed the choices that we have at our fingertips. It’s all pretty exciting. 

But while casual vegan and vegetarian foods abound, we still don’t have a ton of options yet at the higher-end restaurants. I recently emailed the Top Table group to ask if they had any vegan dishes on the menu in any of their restaurants and apparently they don’t. 

There are a few places where you can go if you want a higher-end celebration; The Acorn of course, Yew has a vegan menu (but they’re closing soon), and, one you likely did not know about; Bauhaus

Located in Gastown, I’ve had people tell me they thought it was a furniture store! But it’s actually a German-themed, higher-end restaurant owned by a big-time movie director. 

As you might expect a restaurant owned by a movie director to look, it’s frikkin’ gorgeous inside. It really does look like a movie set! It’s an old historic building with huge ceilings and tons of exposed brick, but the vibe is super cozy. 

The new executive chef here is Christian Kuehnel, and one thing you may not know about Germany is that they have a huge vegan and vegetarian population. 

So the new fall fix prix menu features options for veggies. Yay! 

Please note, I emailed the chef to try to find out which of these dishes were vegetarian, which were vegan, and which were vegetarian with vegan option, but I hand’t heard back at the time of publication. If you’re vegan, you may want to call in advance to double-check. 

Bauhaus Cocktails

There are two vegan cocktails on the menu. 

 

The Pear Tree: Pumpkin Spice Infused Bourbon, Pear & Apple bitters. Does that not sound like fall in a glass?? So cozy and warming. 

beets me cocktail bauhaus

And then there was the Beets Me. I thought this one would take a pretty photo, and I was right. Also, in all honesty, I’ll happily order the weirdest thing on the menu just because. And beet juice?? That’s weird! The cocktail is made with Gin, Cynar (one of my faves, bitter and a digestif), beet juice, Lemon, Rosemary & Celery bitters. It sounds weird, but it’s actually quite delicious. And you kind of feel healthy drinking it. 

Bauhaus Winter Menu:

Starters:

beet carpaccio bauhaus

Beetroot Carpaccio with blueberries, hazelnuts and mushroom. If there’s one thing I love, it’s when a chef takes a meat-based dish and makes it vegetarian. Here, thinly sliced and cured beets are so pretty on the plate, adorned with hazelnuts and a beautiful dressing. 

mushroom toast bauhaus

Wild Mushroom with bread dumpling & brussels sprouts: this was like a version of mushroom toast, which I am always a fan of. In this case, however, the “toast” is more like a savoury bread pudding, or even like a stuffing. It’s a Bavarian recipe called Semmelknödel.

Mains:

pumpkin risotto bauhaus

Pumpkin Risotto with Walnuts, Fig & Feta. So I’m a bit obsessed with pumpkin risotto. I just published a recipe for it quite recently. I loved the little textural element of the walnuts in this dish, and how pretty it was! 

Desserts: 

There are two options. 

desserts bauhaus

Chocolate Torte with mandarin orange: yes, yes, yes! Order this. Really. Seriously. Do not pass go. Just order it. 

Honey Cake with Lemon & Lavender: so pretty, right? But the Chocolate Torte was my fave. 

Bauhaus also has a pretty extensive and impressive wine list, and the fixe prix menu comes with an optional wine pairing. The Winter Menu ranges from 3 courses at $65 to 6 courses at $108, and then of course you can get a wine pairing on top of that if you like. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and the wine list is 11 pages long! 

If you’ve not been to Bauhaus, I encourage you to check it out. If you don’t want to go for dinner, they have a reasonably-priced happy hour that will make you feel very champagne on a beer budget! 

 

Commercial Drive Bakeries

I am a girl who likes her sweets. I love a good bakery. And a cluster of them together??!? Pure gold. 

You can walk from one to the next, and that, my friends, burns calories so you can have an extra cookie or a slice of cake when you get to the next one. 

Yeah, there’s a method to my madness. 

Here in Vancouver, there are a couple parts of the city where you can find bakeries blooming. Yaletown is obviously the first, but Commercial Drive, with its Italian/Portugese roots, is also very rich in the baked goods. 

You’ll find everything here–I mean obviously a lot of old-school and new-school Italian baked goods, but also French patisserie, and some modern takes, as well. 

My list starts in one of two places: at La Tana, which is almost all the way to Hastings at the north, or at Flourist, which is as far south as this map will take you. In between? A treasure-trove of tasty baked goods. 

round loaves of sourdough bread

Flourist, 3433 Commercial St

I’ve been watching and waiting on this one for a while. The newest of the Commercial Drive Bakery gang, Fourist just opened up this bricks-and-mortar location a couple months ago, after running a successful online business for the last few years. They were selling dried goods: flours, beans, pulses, grains, but have now created a cafe/coffee shop, selling baked goods made from their raw ingredients. You can buy authentic sourdough bread here, or learn to make it and buy all you need to make it at home. There’s something for everyone, including lots of vegan treats. My fave? The Chocolate Chip cookies, or beans on toast. 

Fratelli Bakery Commercial Dr

Fratelli–the mind boggles.

Bakery Sate, 2879 Commercial Dr

It’s a bit obscure, as it’s tucked around behind a big storefront on 12th, but it’s well worth seeking out. Sate has some of the most interesting and creative croissant flavours in the city. If you are matcha-obsessed, they have matcha croissants, as well as other out-of-the-box flavours like Banana-Chocolate-Hazelnut or Pomegranate Cheesecake. 

Fratelli Espresso Shortbread

Fratelli, 1795 Commercial Dr

Fratelli is the oldest of all the Commercial Drive Bakeries. Open since 1997, Fratelli is part of a triumverate of Italian perfection: there’s the bakery, La Grotta Del Formaggio beside it, and Cafe Calabria beside that. It’s the most Italian you can be in the city. Fratelli is also the bakery on this list that has the biggest selection. There are literally 100s of items baked every day for sale, and they are all pretty spectacular. They go from cakes to cookies to bread to savoury items… yeah, it’s a tough decision to make. One of my favourite things here is the espresso shortbread, but really, you can’t go wrong with pretty much anything. 

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookie Oh Sweet Day

Oh Sweet Day, 1706 E 1st Ave

Another fairly new addition to the Drive, Oh Sweet Day started as a blog. Fanny Lam started a blog, and then, in an attempt to monetize, began to sell Christmas Cookie Boxes. They were so popular, she wrote a cookbook, and eventually, opened up her own shop. She’s known for two things: cookies and mini cheesecakes. 

Kougin Amann

The Bench Bakehouse, 1641 Commercial Dr (in Il Mercado)

Open less than a year, The Bench is run by a husband-wife team who trained both out of Paris and San Francisco. So they have great breads, as well as great pastries. They do some fun, creative croissant flavours here, too, but my favourite thing to order is the Kougin-Amann. 

Livia Sweets

Livia, 1399 Commercial Dr

Hands down, this is my favourite place on the drive. Part bakery, part cafe, it has such a charming European vibe, I just want to move in. The coffee is really great, too. There are baked goods, but also things made from their house-made bread… well I just can’t say enough nice things. Really, go. 

Caffe La Tana

Caffe La Tana, 635 Commercial Dr

It’s attached to Pepinos, and they share a kitchen. This charming little spot beside the York Theatre is owned by the same folks that brought you Savio Volpe, so as you can well imagine, the pasta is great. This is the day-time version of Pepinos, with coffees and pasta, lighter fare. They also have some pretty dope baked goods, fresh bread, and a whole little Italian market with specialty imported items. It just has the most European vibe… 

What’s your favourite Commercial Drive bakery? Did I forget any? Comment below! 

 

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