Dinner and Wine at Savio

Neighborhood restaurants. Sometimes they are quaint (even a bit dated), and the food is simple and the wines are main stream (not too exciting but they do the trick). And you go there because it’s an easy walk or drive from home, and well, you want to support your local businesses (or you can’t think, because you are tired from a long week). BUT sometimes your neighbourhood restaurant is the ‘bomb’! It’s quaint yet modern and welcoming, it’s always busy, it’s got a killer wine list (interesting and diverse) and the food… is not simple, it’s thoughtful and delicious.

Meet my neighbourhood restaurant – Savio Volpe. Located in a pocket of Vancouver, which is outside of downtown, away from any main popular walking strips. It’s neighbours are small eateries and coffee and baking shops on a little strip of 15th Ave in the Fraser Neighbourhood aka ‘Fraserhood‘.

The reason I like going here, is because it’s atmosphere is welcoming and approachable, yet modern and fresh. It’s about a year or so old. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable which makes your experience that much better. The food is rustic italian, which honestly, some of the creative dishes are not commonly found around Vancouver. Case in point: Bagna Cauda. Vegetables with a garlic, anchovy butter bath. I am in love with this dish. As well as great food, the wine list, rocks it. The reason is Mark the sommelier and his team of expert palates. Diverse, interesting, thought-provoking wines that go well with what’s on the menu. Me and the girls enjoyed a bottle of the Villa Bucci Classico Verdicchio from Italy. Round, full, yet fresh citrus and crisp minerals… D-light-ful.

Make a reservation, or take your chances for the first come first served seats at their bar (my fave place to sit). But do go and visit this amazing little neighbourhood find.

Other great places to check out in my ‘hood’…

Pizzeria Barbarella, Mensch deli, Jean Talon Poutinerie (Fraser/Broadway), Les Faux Bourgeois (the pioneers of this little pocket), Sal y Limon, Bows & Arrows, Prado Cafe, Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizzeria, The Gluten Free Epicurean

eat, drink and enjoy!

 

Grapes and Soda in South Granville

Recently me and a friend did a little ‘culinary tour’ in Vancouver, one of our stops was the newly opened Grapes & Soda, on 6th Ave at Granville Street in the neighbourhood of ‘South Granville’ just outside of downtown and Kitsilano. It’s a small space right beside the restaurant: The Farmer’s Apprentice (same owners and same food concept). A cute long space with a funky shabby sheek feel, yet simple. It’s got the same open kitchen concept as the restaurant but with a smaller menu of a few share plates. It’s strength is a creative bartender mixing up cool new cocktails and a wine director who chooses naturally made wines from around the world that pair extremely well with the food which is all about local, fresh and seasonal.

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We started with two cocktails: On the left GNS Clover Club – made with reposed tequila, beet and rhubarb shrub (made in-house), egg whites and lemon thyme (which disappeared quickly 😉 ) ; on the right Tucano made with aged cachaca, guava, rosemary, orgeat and lime (consumed slower in hopes of pronouncing “cachaca” properly!)

IMG_8016Dish #1: marinated anchovy, fennel, celery and lemon

Wine pairing: 2013 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matalica from Marche, Italy

the pickled, salty-ness of the dish matched really well with the crisp acidity with notes of citrus and minerals of the wine.

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Dish #2: chicken balantine, anson mills grits (corn), with hazelnuts and morels

Wine pairing: 2012 Roagna Langhe Bianco from Piedmont, Italy (predominately Chardonnay with Nebbiolo)

the creamy corn polenta and nutty chicken was perfect with the juicy, round and refreshing Chardonnay

IMG_8024Dish #3: organic beef tartare, beets, berries cubeb pepper and watercress with radish

Wine pairing: 2012 Noella Morantin ‘Cot a Cot’ (Malbec) from Loire, France

another perfect pairing, bringing out the rustic side of this wine (with a hint of menthol)

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Dessert: olive oil cake with a grapefruit sorbet

Cocktail pairing: only the bartender knows, but it was a blend of 4 different rums + other delicious ingredients 😉

Simply delicious. A beverage team who are super knowledgable and passionate about what they create and serve and a kitchen team who have palates of adventurers! Drop in Wednesday to Sunday for eats and drinks or pop in for happy hour 5-6:30pm. On another visit, be sure to make a reservation for The Farmer’s Apprentice next door for dinner.

Just trust me – you must dine here!

Grapes & Soda

1541 West 6th Ave at Granville St.

http://grapesandsoda.ca