Chef Alessandro Vianello Rolls Out New Menus at Gastown’s Pourhouse

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Vancouver, BC | Chef Alessandro Vianello has joined the back-of-house team at Gastown cocktail-and-comfort-food destination Pourhouse as Executive Chef and affixed his stamp on the menu by unveiling a new lineup of classic, refined dishes available from 5 p.m. to close seven days a week.

Vianello’s new menu offers a range of share plates and cocktail-friendly fare such as oysters Rockefeller (butter and herbs, wilted spinach), roasted bone marrow (apricot & bourbon jam, parsley, pickled shallot, grilled sourdough), and the Prohibition-era-classic chicken à la Maryland (fried buttermilk chicken, mustard cream, cheese grits, braised greens), as well as re-imagined Pourhouse favourites such as the scotch egg (spicy mayonnaise), devils on horseback (dates stuffed with Gruyère and wrapped in bacon, housemade bbq sauce) and the signature Pourhouse burger, which is now bolstered by the addition of dry aged Cache Creek beef and add-ons such as foie gras, crispy chicken skin and a fried egg.

From the grill, guests can now dive into a six-ounce cut of AAA Alberta flat iron, a 16-ounce bison ribeye or 20-ounce Berkshire pork tomahawk, accompanied by an array of sides that includes cacio e pepe Brussels sprouts, garlic and chili grilled broccolini, mushrooms (wild and cultivated, butter, tarragon, white wine), cheese grits (five-year-old cheddar), twice-cooked Kennebec pomme frites and poutine (Kennebec fries, roasted chicken gravy, curds).

Born and raised in Vancouver, Vianello sharpened his skills overseas in Tuscany and Scotland and took turns in local kitchens such as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and the Fairmont Waterfront. Most recently he was the Development Chef at Gooseneck Hospitality, where he oversaw menu development and kitchen operations at the company’s four restaurants (Wildebeest, Bufala, Lucky Taco, Bells and Whistles) before joining the Kitchen Table Restaurant group that operates Pourhouse as well as Pizzeria Farina, Ask for Luigi, St. Lawrence and Di Beppe.

“In redesigning the menu, it was important to stay true to what has made Pourhouse such a destination for the past decade and showcase those signature dishes that guests have come to love,” says Vianello, “We’re keeping the same passion and intention that have been behind the food from the start, but refining our processes and making our menu more delicious, more classic, more unique.”

Launched in a turn-of-the-century heritage building in the heart of Gastown in 2009, Pourhouse celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall and continues to cement its reputation as one of the city’s most beloved bars and restaurants thanks to its signature approach to cocktails and comfort food, authentic décor and warm, convivial atmosphere.

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ABOUT POURHOUSE | Launched in a turn-of-the-century heritage building in the heart of Gastown in 2009, Pourhouse quickly established itself as one of Vancouver’s most beloved bars and restaurants thanks to its signature approach to cocktails and comfort food, authentic décor, warm, convivial atmosphere and live music performances Sundays through Thursdays. Behind a bar fashioned from 120-year-old planks of reclaimed Douglas Fir, cocktails showcase old-fashioned soul in variations both simple and ornate with a particular focus on whiskey, a wide list of wines hailing from Old and New World alike encourage exploration and a range of craft beer that represents the true ale craftsmanship of BC and the Pacific Northwest all complement a mouthwatering menu of classic-yet-refined snacks, share plates and mains. At its heart, Pourhouse has a story to tell on every plate, in every glass and around each corner — that of Vancouver and the pioneering spirit of the Gastown neighbourhood it proudly calls home. Part of the Kitchen Table Restaurants group, Pourhouse is one of five establishments operated by the hospitality group as well as Northern Italian-focused Pizzeria Farina on Main Street, casual Italian eatery Ask for Luigi, Quebecois-fare-forward St. Lawrence and authentically Italian caffé-by-day, ristorante-by-night Di Beppe.

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  1. Sean,

    It makes it worth crossing Vancouver’s most dangerous pedestrian crossing for.