The Dishes is a new Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included
This time around, Sarah Savoy – self-proclaimed “East Van gal” and owner of Main Street boutique Much & Little – fills us in (and up) on her favourite places to eat and drink.
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
The Federal Store is where I often go for a quick and very casual brunch, and it’s right around the corner from my shop. I’ve had plenty an avocado toast in my day, but theirs is my favourite with the addition of a bit of lemon oil, feta and mint. And it’s served on their in-house sourdough which is the perfect blend of chewy and crisp. As an alternative, I also love their Tumeric Toast. I think the tumeric spread has a cashew base, and the toast is topped with crispy pepitas. Very tasty.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Aer Cafe on Hastings is a sweet little spot for coffee or tea. I love the calm, contemporary atmosphere. They even have a little library of books to read. If I get peckish, there’s a small sandwich menu that includes a grilled cheese with caramelized onions and mushrooms. They also make artful, individual-sized cheesecakes in-house if you want something sweet.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
I’ve recently been to Dundas Eat + Drink, located in a tiny, easy-to-miss strip mall on Dundas Street. I love Vietnamese food and, in addition to their regular menu, they have an extensive vegan menu. I really like their Vegan Bao sliders (even more than the traditional pork sliders), which have oyster mushrooms, daikon radish and lemongrass. The vegan pho is also really nice.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
I always seem to miss those Happy Hour time slots, but I can recommend a place that at least always feels like Happy Hour: Parallel 49 Brewing. They have an open patio overlooking the street and even though it seems in the middle of nowhere, it’s busy. Tons of beer to sample, and the kitchen is a food truck that’s parked inside. I like both the fish and spicy jackfruit soft tacos to munch on with my beer.
What’s for dinner?
So hard to narrow it down to just one great place for dinner. I have about five favourite restaurants in the city, but I’ll just mention two here.
Bistro Wagon Rouge is a great, unassuming neighbourhood French bistro. A solid, classic French menu and if I can’t decide what to drink, I leave it up to the friendly bartender to decide for me. The room is small and cosy. Last time I was there I had grilled octopus to start, and then a perfect Niçoise salad. Moules frites is always good too.
Then there’s the Acorn. Always a fan of their kale salad, and their oyster mushroom with leeks starter is amazing. Never disappoints.
What’s for dessert?
I’m not a huge dessert eater, but I do have a weakness for ice cream. La Casa Gelato is an East Van establishment plus it’s so crazy inside. Even though they have over 250 flavours to choose from, I always go for my favourites: Coconut Rice, or Taro (I guess the Asian in me comes out here).
Earnest Ice Cream is also one of my favourites: Whisky Hazelnut and London Fog, for sure!
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Juniper is my choice for a delicious, inventive cocktail. I love their Maple Creek – as pretty as it is delicious.
And if one is ever venturing up to Whistler, I have to mention Bar Oso. The bartender/manager, Jason, is a cocktail master and makes some of the most delicious, unique cocktails I’ve tried.