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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! 

 

Vegetarian Tasting Plates

I would love to be able to say I know all the best veg place to eat in Vancouver, because I’ve eaten at all of them.

But I can’t guys. I just can’t.

You see, I’m just one girl, with one stomach, and we are quite blessed with an abundance of great vegetarian and vegan eateries in this city. On top of that, there’s new ones cropping up all the time.

Vegan Tacos La Cantina

It’s hard to keep on top of it all. I mean, sure, I can recommend the big ones; Heirloom, The Acorn, MeeT, etc. But I would like to be able to speak more intelligently about some of the smaller, lesser-known gems in the city.

So I was pretty stoked to get an invite to Richard Wolak’s (@vanfoodster) first Vegetarian Tasting Plates last week. I was equally as excited to discover I’d not been to any of the eateries on the list. Yeah. They were all new to me, although quite a few of them were ones that were on my list, but I hadn’t made it to yet.

It was a great opportunity to discover new favourites.

It’s worthwhile to note that at almost every place we went to, the options were overwhelmingly vegan. There were a few where cheese was an option, but you could keep it off, or choose a vegan cheese, and keep the dish vegan.

The Living Produce Aisle

Living Produce Aisle Microgreens

Yaletown isn’t really known for its plant-based options. The Living Produce Aisle is a really interesting business model that feels quite unique. They house many, many Urban Cultivators, some of which are growing microgreens for themselves, and some of which are producing for local restaurants. I’ve been a big fan of the Urban Cultivator since I discovered them a few years ago, and I wish I had enough kitchen space to own one. Here, you can get smoothies, juices, and grab some microgreens while you’re at it.

Firecrust Pizza

Firecrust Pizza

I used to work on Davie Street, so I was pretty familiar with the lunch offerings there, but since I no longer work in the neighbourhood, I get there shockingly little (especially seeing as I don’t actually live far from there). Firecrust was one of those places I’d driven past a million times and never gone into. They have a ton of vegan options. One of the things that’s most exciting about Firecrust is that they work with YamChops, so “meats” come from there. My Vegan BBQ Pizza was delicious, smoky, a bit spicy, a nice bite from the onions, and they make their own vegan mozza in house. I will be returning and bringing the kid.

Saj & Co

Saj and co

Right across the street from Firecrust is this weird hole-in-the-wall called Saj & Co. Malek Anouti, owner and chef, makes magic in a tiny little space that can hardly even be called a kitchen. The food here is Lebanese, and the joint is named after the saj, which is a domed oven on which Anouti cooks a flatbread to order. It’s kind of a reverse tandoor. When you order, he slaps one on the saj for you, so you get a fresh, hot flatbread with each order. Mezze plates include hummus, salad, and wraps/sandwiches, which are all super fresh, and tasty. I love how vegan-friendly Mediterranean food is. My favourite thing here was the squash hummus, which I will be attempting to recreate for my family’s thanksgiving dinner this weekend.

Davie Dosa

Davie Dosa

I was sad when Cafe Luxy closed. It was a favourite spot of mine for many years for delicious pasta. But then Sharv Ramachandran opened up Davie Dosa. If you’ve never had a dosa, it’s cool. I actually only just had dosa for the first time about a year ago, but I was immediately hooked. It’s a kind of pancake or crepe, made from fermented lentil flour, and then stuffed with vegetables. Maybe I didn’t do it justice with my description, but they are freaking delicious. Indian cuisine is another that loans itself so easily to being vegetarian and vegan, so there are tons of options for veg-heads here. One of my favourite things on the plate was medhu vada, a kind of savoury donut made with lentils. I know, it sounds weird, but just go with it. It’s delicious. The service, by the way, was really fantastic. I am looking forward to getting back again to try more on the menu.

La Cantina

La Cantina

Located just off of Granville in the heart of the Entertainment district, I imagine this Nacho Libre-themed cantina does a brisk business at 2 am. The place is frikkin’ adorable, with big murals and Mexican wrestling masks everywhere. The server spoke Spanish fluently, so that made me feel good, like I might be getting an authentic experience. There are 6 different vegetarian tacos to choose from, featuring meaty vegetables like jackfruit and portobellas, not just beans. The carrot tinga was spicy and good, and I also really enjoyed the more moderate smoky heat of the Poblano. It is such a fun location, it’s well worth a return visit.

Hooray! New veg options to love, Vancouver! Now get out there and support some local veg biz.