RESTAURANT PORN | A Brewpub That Ditched The Wings And Fed Us ‘Xiao Long Bao’ Instead

August 2, 2016.

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Restaurant Porn is a regular column of daydreams presented as a means to introduce Vancouver diners and designers to concepts, looks, and fully-formed ideas that they might draw an inkling of inspiration from. We do our best to pair the foreign rooms with local addresses so as to let everyone in on the daydream.

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(via) One of the most rewarding facets of the Lower Mainland’s explosive food and beverage development has been the arrival of dozens of craft breweries. We’re especially excited by the ones that include tasting rooms equipped with ancillary food programs, where the options typically range from outsourced snacks and the stuff of attendant curbside food trucks to greasy spoon chow and pizza.

Things have now coalesced to a predictable standard, however. This opens the door for a new brewery to come along and offer something entirely different. We really hope it’s xiao long bao. Hot soupy dumplings absolutely love beer, and the prep isn’t too prohibitively complicated. Plus we could eat the hot, pleated, Shanghainese signatures all day, every day. The ones pictured below are from Lin’s on West Broadway…

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The look of Hong Kong’s Tipping Point Brewery would suit this departure. Even though its food program focuses on American cuisine, it doesn’t cleave too closely to the industrial vibe most of us associate with BC breweries, opting instead for a more subdued feel with walnut, copper, marble, leather, and brass aglow in dim light.

We also dig how Tipping Point is located in the heart of the city, as opposed to its periphery. And since this column is all fantasy borne of idle daydreaming, we can’t help but imagine our dumpling-equipped version somewhere equally central where it might do some good, like Coal Harbour, the Financial District, or the Granville Shitshow.

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Photos by Dennis Lo.

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