A few weeks back I had the good fortune to try out a relative newcomer to the Vancouver restaurant scene: The Flying Pig. Located in the heart of Yaletown, the restaurant has a classic, casual elegance yet communal feel making it as much a likely stop for pre-theatre dinners and special occasion meals as it is for a mid-week bite out. However, arrive early or expect to wait, as it seems to be busy most nights of the week.
The service was friendly and familiar, not too stiff, and the staff knowledgeable and helpful with both menu options and wine pairing suggestions.
The current menu is a collection of seasonally inspired comfort food: mains including Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Bone Marrow Mashed Potatoes; Pan Seared Halibut Cheeks with Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi Provençal; and family styled sides such as Lobster and Prawn Risotto; Truffled Cauliflower Gratin; and Crispy Brussell Sprouts with Lemon, Parmesan, and Capers – a signature dish which even non-brussell eaters will dive into. I could easily make a meal out of the sides alone they are so varied and yummy! Portions are large and meant for sharing so order a good selection and dig in!
The dessert highlights are the Homemade Waffle Cone with what must be an illegal dose of Chocolate, Caramel and Pistachios, as well as the Maple Sugar Pie – a definite treat for the sugar lovers in the room.
I’m already looking forward to my next visit to The Flying Pig and can’t wait to see how executive chef Erik Heck and GM John Crook switch things up with the changing seasons.The Flying Pig 1168 Hamilton Street Vancouver Canada 604-568-1344 www.theflyingpigvan.com