The third location of salad concept Field & Social is primed for launch at 18 East 5th Avenue (at Ontario) on the slope of Mt. Pleasant. The local company’s two other addresses are both in downtown Vancouver.
I took a look inside the 1,600 sqft space (next door to Tacofino Ocho) a couple of days ago. The counter-service restaurant looked to be 95% finished, with the construction team from Harmony Pacific putting the finishing touches on details here and there. True to the aesthetic of the other Field & Social locations, it’s very much a minimalist affair with a long counter facing a beautiful communal table set up and a launch open kitchen behind glass so diners can see the food being prepped fresh. The menu is very straight forward and anchored by nine salads that range from a tempeh-loaded “Macro Bowl” with wheat berries, basil and white balsamic drizzle to a miso-dressed “Coconut Chicken” number designed by consultant chef Mark Singson. I eat at the Dunsmuir St. location about once a month. It’s tasty stuff done well and quick.
Opening day is officially set in stone for this Monday, December 16th, though we have it on good authority that they’ll softly open this afternoon. For more details on the launch, here’s an excerpt from an advance copy of their opening press release…
The concept of Field & Social Mount Pleasant follows the same philosophy of its Dunsmuir and Royal Centre locations – to offer guests healthy, nutritious, and creative salads that are also delicious and simple. All greens are freshly cut every morning, nothing comes from a bag and all dressings are made from scratch in-house.
“When we started scouting for a new location, Mount Pleasant was on the top of our list,” says Barbora Samieian, owner and creator of Field & Social. “It has cultivated a vibrant and tight knit community of businesses and families, a neighbourhood we definitely want to be part of and immerse ourselves in. We can’t wait to meet new and old friends very soon.”
The space, designed by Janks Design Group, features Field & Social’s trademark minimalist ambience but this time with a neutral palette and earthy tones – inspired by the original heritage building. A single long line countertop is a centerpiece in the room, as well as custom metalwork and industrial wired glass into the production facility area. Seating continues to be communal.
In January, Field & Social once again partners with Top Chef Canada finalist Mark Singson on a new salad, exclusive to Mount Pleasant.
“Collaboration is really important to us and part of our DNA as a business,” adds Samieian. “We love working with local chefs and promoting their talent.”
And, giving back to the community is a mantra the company lives by. Already a supporter of Mealshare, which aims to help end youth hunger, for one week to celebrate the opening of its Mount Pleasant location, $1 from every salad on the menu will be donated to the cause from December 16 to December 20, 2019.
Take a closer look inside…