This is the rebirth of Vancouver’s “Rumpus Room”. New locale, new decor, same menu and same vibe. Bright yellow on the outside with floral curtains hanging from every window that line the front. Each window served as a seat, and a way to enjoy the day, should the weather allow and the windows be opened.
Inside, the setting is best described as an attic or club house. Kitschy and fun, like a place you’d want to come home to and unwind in; all wrapped together in a 70’s theme. Each wall is painted boldly or papered in patterns. Vintage stain glass lamp shades hung over tan upholstered chairs, orange crush velvet seats were paired with a blossoming orange and red sofa, and an assortment of figurines and commemorative plates offered up conversational starters.
There was so much to look at that it had your head spinning around, but if you wanted more to entertain yourself with, they offered you a shelf of board games to pick up and play. A way to pass the time, something to play with as you waited or ate. Although given how small each table was, you probably couldn’t do both at the same time. And during my summer time visit, I couldn’t see myself staying longer than I needed to. This visit coincided with the heat wave, and found my stay a quick one. Without air conditioning, and only a breeze from the window that I sat with my back towards, I couldn’t fully enjoy my meal or my time spent within. No one likes to sweat as they eat.
I started with a “Blood orange white wine spritzer” to help me beat the heat. I love a good blood orange anything, so this was a tasty and refreshing treat.
We started with a serving of their “Deep fried pickles”, presented like a bouquet in this spotted pail. They were seasoned with fresh dill salt and offered up with their pickle dip for symmetry. These were large salty pickle spears with a light breading that easily flaked off. A little overwhelming with briny pickle for my tastes, so I found it best to share with some one who also likes pickles as much as I do. I didn’t have more than 2 and they don’t really pack up well.
I remembered trying the “Peanut butter burger” once before, so wanted to relive that flavour now. I love peanut butter and the idea of pairing it with svaoury beef and their raspberry aioli for a nice pb&j combo that is both salty and sweet. All natural hormone free beef burger, bacon, cheddar, raspberry aioli, pickle, lettuce, tomato, and peanut butter on their house burger buns. But here, I took the menu’s offer of subbing waffles in place of buns, for an even more unique entree. The waffles were perfect, fluffy and light they offered a sweetness that paired well with the raspberry jelly, which I liked the look of its pepto bismol pink colouring. Though I could have used more peanut butter, and maybe some on the side as a dip.
For my side, I went for the house spring green salad, instead of fries; wanting some freshness after all the pickles before. It tasted like a deconstructed Tex-Mex taco salad with the peppers, crispy tortilla, and onions. All it needed was some beef, cheese, and maybe cucumber.
My guest got what would have been my second choice: “Chicken and waffles”. Two more of their fluffy waffles as a base to two pieces of their buttermilk marinated free range chicken; topped with black sesame seeds. I appreciated how the gravy and maple syrup was offered up on the side for you to smothered to your preference. The seasoning and crispiness of the chicken reminded my guest of Taiwanese popcorn chicken, the kind you get in small bite sized chunks at any bubble tea house. But, sadly the gravy was bland, it didn’t taste like it was made with chicken or beef as it’s base.
One of the most memorable features of the original “Rumpus Room” was their washroom. One that was themed like a Hawaiian vacation, the other lit in black light. Therefore I was excited to use their washroom here, now. Although sadly, it doesn’t look like the pervious theme carried forward the same. Although both single stalls were decorated here, it was not done so to the extent that I remembered fondly. The water closet I used did have a loose tropical feel to it, with painted palm fronds against a blue sky streaked with white cloud, and a few artistic pieces to tie in the island vibe. Not as memorable as it once was though.
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? – No.
A unique spot that I wouldn’t necessarily come back for a full meal at, but they do make for a fun spot for drinks and games, just like your local club house would. Don’t deny your cravings.