My latest visit to Granville Island had us stopping up iconic Canadian restaurant “Edible Canada” for dinner. And today we tried enough new dishes that I thought it worth documenting in a revisit post.
We arrived a little too early for their 5pm dinner service, but were still invited in for a couple of drinks while we waited. I was sold on their special of the month. A “Double espresso martini” that our server raved about. I don’t like coffee unless it is as a dessert, so this was lovely. Good with its cold brew, but not uniquely Canadian, nor is it something I couldn’t get else where.
I suggested that my guest get one of their caesars, as a great introduction to the restaurant, seeing as it was her first time. The “Maple bacon Caesar” with Stealth vodka, Clamato, Worcestershire, sriracha, candied bacon and a seasoned salt rim. A classic flavour made their own with their candied bacon garnish. Once again I wish the drink itself had a more unique personality.
For food I had the “Quebec duck tartare”. Raw duck with kumquat, gin, juniper, cucumber, radish, pickled ramps, and soy; served with tapioca crisps. The raw duck itself didn’t have much flavour, a little gamey and a lot fatty. And it was the vegetable sides that were the prominent notes. This was best enjoyed with their complimentary collection of salts gifted to each table. This was a new touch that my guest and I both appreciated and took advantage of.
Regular sea salt, spicy molten salt, and truffle salt. We had a pinch as is and could fully taste all the promised flavours in each grain. A few more pinches enhanced the above and the burger below. In hindsight I should have bought a pack of it to go from their neighbouring store. A gift shop of Canadiana ready to be bought up by the tourists that dine with them. And in doing so earn 15% off their purchase.
“Dry aged pemberton beef burger” with onion jam, crispy onions, aioli, butter lettuce, field tomato, and aged Canadian cheddar, all in a brioche bun. It comes with your choice of salad or fries, my guest got the former, but I would have gotten the fries, and added a fried duck egg for $5 more. The burger as a whole was good, the patty being the stand out of an otherwise standard burger build.
And we made sure to save room for their “Maple doughnut”, I read “crispy duck skin” in the description and was sold. House made yeast leaven maple doughnut with crispy duck skin, and an apple white chocolate sauce. These were balls of chewy fried dough that reminded me of Chinese deep fried mantou, with a heavy coating of powered sugar for a nice textured crunch. The light apple flavour from the creamy whip it sat in was nice, but could have used more flavour and sweetness for a dessert. I wanted an apple caramel sauce to double dip these balls into instead. And the saltiness I expected from the duck skin was non existent. A nice novelty but I wanted more from this dessert.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
One of my favourite places to recommend to anyone visiting from out of country and wanting a Canadian-esque experience. An ever evolving menu that has me returning and cataloging my visit. Don’t deny your cravings.
1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 3R9