Its the brainchild of Fadi Eid, who has been working on the project since April with designer Adrienne Kavanagh. Eid comes to Vancouver from Lebanon by way of Abu Dhabi. The hospitality management grad has been working in the trade since his teens, having gotten his start toiling in his uncle’s bakery (of late he’s been working front of house for the Fairmont).
The restaurant’s communal, casual concept will see home-style Lebanese food served in sharable “mezze” fashion (eg. falafel, labneh, mjadra, makanik), with equal focus paid to flat breads (“saj”), traditional stews, and a variety of flavoured humus and dips (eg. beet, avocado-cilantro, etc.). The latter will also be sold in branded jars that customers can re-use by bringing them back for refills at a discounted price. The restaurant’s flat bread, flavoured olive oilsm and spices will also be retailed. You can read a draft of the menu here. Lunch will change daily, but the dinner card will be more or less fixed.
To pair with the food, the short bar will be serving local beer and wine, as well as cocktails employing Mediterranean herbs and Levantine spices.
I’ve included Kavanagh’s design renderings with the image set below. The models make it look super clean and modern, but she’s found some cool pieces at Scott Landon Antiques to give the 32 seat space some character, and you never know what an open kitchen can do to the feel of a place when it pumps out the intoxicating aromas of exotic spices and freshly baked breads.
Opening day at Jamjar (2280 Commercial Drive) is set for the end of September.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria on The Drive is embracing Happy Hour with new specials available Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, we’ll be hosting a late night Happy Hour from midnight to 1:30am. Local craft beer including Parallel 49 Lager, 33 Acres of “Ocean”, and Four Winds Saison will be served in little glasses, Mexican cantina-style (cañas – 8 ounce beers) for only $3. El Jimador Silver and Reposado shots will be available for $4, while LA Cetto Chenin blanc from Mexico and Bodega Munoz Garnacha from Spain will be available for $5 a glass. Lastly, for cocktails, we have Gin for Jaime, a Mexican style gin and tonic with fresh ginger and cucumber, and our freshly made, hand-squeezed classic margaritas served on the rocks for $8. There’s something for everyone with taste and time… Read more
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria on The Drive is open every Friday and Saturday night until 2AM offering their cocktail list, appetizers and a full taco menu. A variety of meat, vegetarian, and vegan tacos can be enjoyed while listening to local DJs spinning great vibes. The new summer cocktail list includes new favourites like the Lavender Pisco Sour and classics like freshly squeezed lime margaritas. New additions at the bar also include local craft beer from 33 Acres, Parallel 49, Four Winds and Merridale Cider and now features carefully selected handful of wines by the glass. Take a look at the musical line-up after the jump… Read more
You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, and we mean to take advantage of it. We want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.
What’s your favourite escape on the North Shore? Is it Dundarave Beach, Lighthouse Park, Grouse Mountain, Whytecliff Park, Capilano River Regional Park, or the Maplewood Conservation Area?
VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our North Shore page.
Which restaurant serves up the best burger in all of Vancouver? Is it Hawksworth, Mamie Taylor’s, Cannibal Cafe, Pourhouse, Oakwood, or Campagnolo Upstairs?
Which Yaletown eatery offers the best patio experience? Is it Blue Water Cafe, Minami, Cioppino’s, Brix, GoodWolfe, or the Homer St. Cafe?
VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our Yaletown page.
What’s your favourite place for a beer on the DTES? Is it The Astoria, The Patricia, Alibi Room, No. 5 Orange, Bitter Tasting Room, or Dunlevy Snackbar?
VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our DTES page.
Your favourite dish in Hastings-Sunrise? Is it the Fundido Tater Tots at Tacofino, the Reuben sandwich at Red Wagon, the Spaghetti Carbonara at Campagnolo Roma, the Mujadarrah at Tamam, the Laksa at Laksa King, or the Patty Melt at The Slocan?
VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our Hastings-Sunrise page.
The GOODS from Prado Cafe
Vancouver, BC | We are seeking an experienced, charming Barista to join our friendly team. If you are passionate, enthusiastic, have over 2 years in the coffee industry and are looking for long-term work, we’re looking for you to join us on Commercial Drive. Please forward your resume and cover letter to sammybarista [at] gmail.com. Learn more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria is looking to bring a strong Bartender and a hardworking Bar Back onto the team. The former must have a minimum of 2-3 years experience behind the bar the following qualities: hard working, fun, fast, smart, creative and the know-how to make delicious, balanced drinks. This is a great place to work and a great team. If you fit the bill, we’d love to meet you! Send your resume and cover letter to kelly [at] lataqueria.ca. Compensation: industry standard + tips. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited Commercial Drive’s outstanding Prado Cafe to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to relax with a cup of awesome. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making the neighbourhood a more caffeinated to be.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria’s family is growing and is now offering 2 positions on our team! We need an incredible Bartender and a vivacious Host. Both are full time positions and are needed immediately. These positions are demanding and are key elements to our family. We need organized, passionate and tenacious personalities who will represent our brand with pride and love. Are you up for the challenge? 3+years experience required, spanish an asset. Please send your resume & cover letter, with topic heading referring to position you are applying, to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
1938 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | V5N 4A7
Telephone: 604-255-5537 | Email: info [at] pradocafevancouver.com
Web: www.pradocafevancouver.com | Twitter | Instagram
Hours: Monday–Thursday: 7am–9pm | Friday–Sunday: 7am–8pm
Owner: Sammy Piccolo
ABOUT PRADO CAFE
Nestled on Commercial Drive and cornered with 4th avenue, gazing at you behind the large glass windows, you will find Prado Café, owned by none other than 4-time World Barista Championship finalist, Sammy Piccolo. The youngest of the 49th Parallel brothers takes his coffee VERY seriously, we weigh our coffee dry and again once it has been poured to confirm the coffee has been extracted correctly, to ensure that each cup is just as balanced as the last. Whilst his older brothers are perfecting the roast and taking care of business, you’ll find Sammy here delivering you a precise espresso and guaranteeing his families coffee is served to you perfectly.
But we have more than just coffee to brag about – All of our baked goods and brunch options are prepared and cooked in-store and we have a range of vegan and gluten-free goods available every day. Prado are pproud to provide a range of O5 loose-leaf tea, authentic chai and traditional matcha. Throughout summer 2014 we will have a community parklet being built at the front of the café for everyone to enjoy, customers, neighbours, visitors – everyone is welcome.
Much like our coffee and tea, our staff are a diverse collection from around the world. They are happy to help you with any questions you may have with purchasing a bag of beans, brewing coffee at home or even with just recommending a cookie. Our friendly little crew is here 7 days a week, grinding you coffee on one of our FOUR grinders, cooking brunch, baking cookies and serving smiles. Next time you’re on the drive, please stop by because we would love to make your day!
by Ken Tsui | It’s early in the afternoon at Commercial Drive’s La Mezcaleria and Chef Alexander Cruz is getting ready to feed his crew after hours of preparations for the coming dinner service. Today, he’s making chilaquiles. “It’s a Mexican lunch classic,” says excited co-owner Ignacio Arrieta, who can’t wait to dig in himself.
Cruz begins by putting a big pot of red guajillo pepper sauce on the stove. As it begins to heat up, he whisks a big bowl of eggs, pouring them into a satisfyingly sizzling hot pan before folding in a healthy dose of refried beans. Meanwhile, bar manager Pablo Schor is making fresh orange juice, Arrieta is setting the table, and the rest of the night’s staff begin to trickle in for the staff meal.
With the sauce now bubbling, Chef Cruz ladles it over each plate and nestles big spoonfuls of refried beans next to crispy totopos (corn tortillas) before garnishing them with sour cream, raw onion, cheese, and fried eggs.
Chef Cruz calls his duo of cooks out of the kitchen as everyone gathers around the table to eat and crack a few jokes. Once the crew mops the last of the guajillo pepper sauce from each of their their plates with bits of bread, they hop back to work preparing for the evening’s onslaught.
After several years of pop-up events and temporary locations, The Found & The Freed has finally found a fixed address: 706 Victoria Drive. That’s the old Scott’s corner store on the corner of Victoria and East Georgia, so it has great character. We recently stopped by on their first day of operations and found the place predictably full of interesting bits and bobs, including an ancient alligator’s head, a collection old and beautiful Vancouver-centric pennants, a stuffed California Quail, and all manner of other vintage fascinations besides. It was great to see owners/curators Ainsley McIntyre and Lindsay Burke in such a terrific location. It really does suit them. Take a closer look below. Hours: 12pm-7pm Thursday & Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | Are you vivacious, energetic, organized, and confident? We need you! Our Host is the first face of La Mezcaleria and therefore incredibly important to us. You will represent our brand, our family and our vibe. This is a demanding position. Are you up for the challenge? 2+ years of experience is a must, and Spanish is an asset. Please send your resume and cover letter to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
This gallery of Alley Chairs can be found in our new HOODS section. It was curated by Nicole Arnett, an invaluable friend to Scout. It documents (invents) the dramas that explain the abandoned alleyway chairs and sofas of East Van.
Delivered piping hot in an impervious molcajete bowl (made from volcanic stone bowl), the queso fundido with chorizo at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive is a delicate but delicious operation. If you bring children to it, they will require assistance. The best way to eat it, according to managing partner Ignacio Arrieta, is to fork it out in coalesced globules (that might burn a hole through lesser metals) and smear it onto the provided tortillas which you then mount with guacamole and squirt with chile de arbol salsa. Pair yours with either a Michelada or a Margarita, and have yourself a very swell evening.
1220 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca