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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
There are two options.
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!