by Andrew Morrison | The triumvirate that brought us the original Meat & Bread on Cambie off Hastings are opening a second location in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district. Owners Cord Jarvie and Frankie Harrington, together with chef Joseph Sartor, have just signed for a small space at the foot of Oceanic Plaza (1033 West Hastings). That’s a lob wedge west of Burrard, right on the periphery of the casual chain lunch domain (see Joeys, Cactus Club, Elephant & Castle), and totally dwarfed on all sides by skyscrapers.
As you can see from the shots below, the new digs are cloaked in plywood. That’s because an entrance and an exit are being constructed concurrently with the interior build. When it’s finished, it should have a similar look and feel to the original, only with less seats (10) and an L-shaped counter set-up rather than a straight line. I imagine it’ll be a noticeably more modern, too, considering its concrete, glass and steel shell (as opposed to the aged bones of the Cambie location).
Craig Stanghetta is on the design job again, with Glasfurd & Walker doing the branding (expect plenty of white tile and herringbone wood pattern). Menu-wise, it won’t be an exact carbon copy of the original. The sandwich that they’re most famous for, the Porchetta, will be on the steel wall menu for sure, but beyond that it’s up in the air. The coolest thing? The new exit will open out into the massive, sunken plaza with hundreds of places to sit in the fresh air, making it the largest, unofficial, unstaffed patio in the city. Opening day should come at some point during April.
We’ve invited one of our favourite lunch spots, Meat & Bread, to join our GOODS section as a recommended local business that is well worth checking out. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be publishing their news front and center and hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of Scout and for making Vancouver a better place to live, and hope that you’ll check them out…
The hotly anticipated little sandwich shop at Cambie and Hasting opened under the radar yesterday. Hearing good things. The skinny…
I’ve got a hankering for a porchetta sandwich after getting the low-down on Meat & Bread, a new specialty sandwich shop arriving in Gastown this Autumn. The 1380 sqft. space at 320 Cambie at Hastings (in the old Flack Building off Victory Square) has been taken over by old front of house hands/friends Cord Jarvie and Frankie Harrington. We met up at the space this morning, just a few hours after they were given the keys.
Cord is from Australia, where he worked at Melbourne’s award-winning Attica. He’s no stranger to Vancouver, though. Serial diners will recognise him from the floor at Davie’s popular La Brasserie. Both he and Frankie were at Feenie’s way back in the day, but you’ll most probably remember Frankie from Chambar, where he has been a fixture out front for longer than I can remember.
The pair met in Dublin 10 years ago while working at Eden, and the food concept at Meat & Bread centers on the genesis of that friendship. They used to get their pre-shift eats up the street at a butcher’s dream-of-a-joint called Gruel, where meats for sandwiches were hard-carved right in front of them. Tasked with deliciously re-animating those memories for all will be none other than chef Joseph Sartor (ex-Nu, La Brasserie, currently covering shifts at Bao Bei in Chinatown).
They’ll be doing just four roast-based sandwiches, including a mainstay sure to get carnivores quaking: a rolled porchetta monster that will be carved to order. Soups and salads will play supporting roles, as will beer and cider (one of each). They’re also hoping to do a line of in-house retail products, including a salt rub, a hot sauce and a mustard.
Under high ceilings we can expect lots of white subway tile, a 30ft. long open kitchen and service bar (with a few seats) and a steel-topped communal table that should seat 20. Craig Stanghetta (co-designer of the lovely Bao Bei) is in charge of the aesthetics, while the sharp and simple branding comes courtesy of Glasfurd-Walker (L’Abattoir, Chambar Ale, etc). The look and feel sounds mighty masculine. “You know Finch’s?” Frankie asks, referring to the Bohemian flea market chic sandwich shop a few blocks away on Pender. “Yeah, it’ll be the opposite of that.”
Photos of the construction after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | I took a peek inside the upcoming Meat & Bread space on Victory Square earlier today (320 Cambie at Hastings). Cord and Frankie are nearly there. They hope to have it finished and dishing porchetta before the month is up. Pretty photos below, full skinny here. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | I’ve got a hankering for a porchetta sandwich after getting the low-down on Meat & Bread, a new specialty sandwich shop arriving in Gastown this Autumn. The 1380 sqft. space at 320 Cambie at Hastings (in the old Flack Building off Victory Square) has been taken over by old front of house hands/friends Cord Jarvie and Frankie Harrington. We met up at the space this morning, just a few hours after they were given the keys. Read more
News from Scout member NU:
Vancouver, BC… NU Restaurant + Lounge celebrates late afternoon cocktails with complimentary canapés, weekdays from 3:00 to 5:00pm through the season.
Savour complimentary canapés as you let yourself be lifted by bubbles, comforted by classics or muddled by contemporary components. At NU, turn the occasional treat into a weekday pick me up with fresh creations and lively flavours. For more information or to make a reservation call 604-646-4668 or visit www.whatisnu.com.
Chef de Cuisine Joseph Sartor has created an assortment of canapé selections to enjoy alongside your afternoon cocktail. Enjoy fennel crusted BC albacore tuna, avocado puree, tomato sand or roasted Butternut squash puree, maple crème fraiche, pistachio as you sit back and watch the world go by. To smooth the day’s worries away, Bar Manager Chad Gaskell’s extensive cocktail list is sure to please. From Anjou (Poire William liqueur, maple and spice soaked local fig, lifted by bubbles) to Pompier (dubonnet rouge, vya white vermouth, black currant, orange zest, rocks) or simply a Classic Martini or Manhattan, there is something for every taste.
NU Restaurant + Lounge is located at 1661 Granville Street in Vancouver. With ample free parking and sweeping views of False Creek, Granville Island and English Bay NU is the place to enjoy Vancouver from early afternoon to late night – and anything in between. Call 604-646-4668 or visit www.whatisnu.com for more information or reservations.
On the day we launched Scout nearly two weeks ago I had stumbled across a rather amusing video of chef Robert Clark. 48 hours later a reader sent me an email saying it was a dead link, and asking that I fix it pronto. It’s back online now, only there are now four videos instead of 1.
We start with Harry Kambolis, owner of Raincity Grill, Nu, and “C” Restaurants:
Now Quang Dang, chef de cuisine at “C” Restaurant:
Now Joseph Sartor, chef de cuisine at Nu:
And finally, the divalicious Robert Clark, grand poobah:
Owners: Frankie Harrington & Cord Jarvie
Chef: Joseph Sartor
About Meat & Bread
Meat & Bread is a sandwich shop that opened its doors in the Flack Block of historic Gastown in October 2010 and then opened a second location at 1033 West Pender St. in the Spring of 2012.
With a total of four sandwiches on its menu, Meat & Bread serves three mainstays (Porchetta, Meatball, Grilled Cheese) and a changing daily special, made using a variety of meats, cuts and cooking styles.
The menu is to the point, executed with a combination of classic techniques and a fearless approach to flavour. All meats prepared at Meat & Bread are ethically raised and locally sourced.
Owner: Harry Kambolis
Executive Chef: Robert Clark
Chef de Cuisine: Peter Burt
Awards & Recognition
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
2006-2007 (Bronze), 2008 (Honourable Mention) – Best Bar/Lounge
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards
2007 Readers’ Choice – Best Parking – 1st Place
2006 Best New Restaurant in Canada – Number 1
Food, view, casual elegance; NU Restaurant + Lounge is Vancouver’s best waterfront location, literally perched above the water, with sweeping views of False Creek, Granville Island and English Bay. With their menu of naked and casual cuisine giving each seductive flavour its time in the spotlight, NU is the place to enjoy Vancouver from early afternoon to late night – and anything in between. On the Vancouver waterfront, make this your NU lifestyle. NU is located at 1661 Granville Street, for reservations please call 604-646-4668 or visit www.whatisnu.com.