There’s a debate raging in Vancouver, and it’s been raging a while. Do we make the grade as a world-class food city?
I’ve been to some of the great food cities in the world: New York, Paris, London, Melbourne… and while we may not be quite at that level, I vote yes. Guys, I think we got it going on. And the reason why is because of the amazing, passionate people that run some of our city’s best and most interesting eateries.
Her husband, BTW, is the exec chef at the newly-opened Parq, so it’s a family affair.
The Emerald has been around for 5 years, and I’ve been a few times for cocktails. When you hear that Rachel also runs the Rumpus Room, the atmosphere at The Emerald makes a lot of sense. Even though it’s upstairs, it feels a lot like you’re downstairs in your parent’s basment in the 70’s. It’s dark. There’s teak everywhere, and burgundy velvet and that particular shade of orange that we all know and love from that particular decade. The decor is firmly stuck somewhere between 1957 and 1977. Mid-centrury modern rules here.
The food is firmly in this century, though.
Cocktails are worth mentioning, as it’s the main reason most people go here. I particularly enjoyed the Lavender 75, a mixture of gin, lavender syrup, champers, and lemon. Kind of the perfect summer drink, refreshing and light, a bit floral.
It’s currently negroni week, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sip on one of those. This is a classic version, and it balances the bitter with the orange well.
And if you like Pina Coladas… yeah, they have one of those. If you need a little spice in your life (and cocktail), there’s The Michelada, featuring Sol beer, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and lime, served in a glass with a salt & spice rim.
There’s nibbles, too, built for sharing. Cauliflower is having a renaissance right now, and there are two cauliflower “wings” options on the menu: a spicy szechuan, cooled by an accompanying blue cheese dip, and an Asian-inspired version with a peanut sauce. House-made chips, sprinkled with flavoured salts and rosemary-garlic fries are also available for noshing on.
I know I’m the veg blogger, but many of my friends are meat eaters, so it’s always important to me to find a place where we can both be satisfied. There’s a share plate of wings, ribs and cornbread that got picked clean in a big hurry (and the cornbread was grilled, warm and delicious). There are flatbreads, too. Oh–and for you veg-heads, a pretty great veggie slider (the brioche buns were perfection).
And for dessert? Emerald cake, of course!
Happy Hour at The Emerald happens Tuesday through Friday nights, 5-7 pm, with $6 cocktails, $5 wine & beer, and $5 nibbles.
It’s a great place to get social with some friends, and support our local (growing and thriving) food scene. See you there?