Located at 957 East Hastings in the recently completed Strathcona Village condo complex, the new VV Tapas Lounge has been open for a little over a week now.
The bright, 45 seat space is looking pretty slick with its windowed frontage, high ceilings, ivy wall, and 11-seat underlit bar (complete with bark cladding). As you might recall from the story we published on VV when it was still under construction, it was mid-wifed by former Mission Kits sommelier/co-owner Chase Macleod, who has switched gears to become a hospitality consultant. The day-to-day manager is sommelier Rachelle Goudreau, who you might recognise from her stints at La Brass and Provence Marinaside.
As I mentioned in the previous story, my house is just around the corner from VV. I’d been crossing my fingers that whatever went into this space would be something interesting, and it looks like that wish has been granted. As the name suggests, the kitchen puts out small share plates, things like mixed olives, buttered and salted radishes, beef tallow popcorn, devilled duck eggs, and lamb scrapple. The drinks list has over two dozen options by the glass, offering a mix of interesting local and international wines. There are also several dessert wines and sherries, plus a few beers, all of which are local.
Take a look inside if you haven’t already…