It’s easy to get lost in the vastness of downtown Granville Street. But hidden in in the nooks of Vancouver’s busiest streets you’ll find one of The Donnelly Group’s premiere cocktail taverns subtly rested; Granville Room.
Right off the bat we were introduced to a unique atmosphere, where the ambiance of a casual cocktail lounge met dainty sophistication. Everything from the brick walls to the nine-foot-high oak bar formed a one-of-a-kind aesthetic that’s not easily found within Vancouver’s bar scene.
With enthusiastic service and a welcoming cocktail menu, we were more than ready to kick off the night; And what better way than with Monday’s $7 Old Fashioned drink special?
As inviting as the cocktail menu was, we were ready to dive into the Dine Out Vancouver Menu and their beautifully selected BC VQA wine pairings. Being as indecisive as we are, we decided to try all the different options as we could. For the appetizers we were shocked by the major flavour packed into the coconut fried prawns and the beef rib empanada. The Thinhorn Creek Merlot paired with the empanada was amazing, but it was the night’s only white wine pairing, the Desert Hills Voignier that really knocked our socks off (and at only $9 for a 6oz pour, you really can’t go wrong).
But it was the entrees that really took the cake. We decided on the meatloaf grilled cheese paired with Quails Gate Cabernet Sauvignon, and the fried pork belly paired once again with the Thinhorn Creek Merlot. The caramelized onions and coleslaw in the grilled cheese were a bold spin on a classic—and did it ever work! But you really couldn’t top the unreal tenderness of the pork belly, something I had never tried before, but will definitely be back again for.
We capped off the meal with both desserts, the chocolate praline bar and coconut panna cotta, which were the undisputed surprise of the night. Both were equally amazingly flavourful, and just the right size for a little treat. But of course, what would a dessert be without a fun cocktail to wash it down? We blindly chose the “Bye Felicia”, a completely unique spin on a coffee cocktail with Lot 40 Canadian Whiskey, and were surprised with blend of flavours that seemed to change with every sip. This was really the staple of Granville room’s vibe; a unique ambiance steeped with individuality. With the staff-run playlist setting the mood and the accommodating service by some of the friendliest bartenders I’ve met, you couldn’t help but feel good from the moment you walk through the doors. If you’re looking for a little retreat from the conventional, you can’t go wrong with Granville Room!
*Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 – $20 three-course menu.
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