3995 Main Street
T: 604 566 9001
When you are the first to arrive at a restaurant for dinner at 5.30pm and a line forms behind you, you get a slight inkling that you are on to a good thing. When you are the first table seated and within 20 minutes the whole restaurant is full (and a wait-list has been started) it becomes apparent that you are at one of the hottest new spots in the city. What is surprising about this particular hot spot, is that their menu is completely vegetarian. Who would have thought that people were willing to stand in line for vegetables?!
Last night, B and I made our way to The Acorn with anticipation that this vegetarian restaurant would be different from other local vegetarian restaurants. With a chef who has done a 6 month stint at world-famous noma at the helm, The Acorn most definitely stands out from the pack. The food was excellent, in taste and in presentation. Service was steady, and the atmosphere was casual and inviting.
Before the restaurant filled up.
Kale and Tempeh Salad with Smoked Paprika Croutons, Crispy Capers, Olives, Caesar Dressing and Asiago – $9
Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Toasted Potato Scallion Bread – $9
Seared King Oyster Mushroom with a Peppercorn Sauce, served with Spelt - $19
Beer Battered Halloumi, served on Zucchini Pancakes, Smashed Peas, and Yogurt – $19
Strawberry Black Pepper Sorbet, Rhubarb Confit & Puree & Short Crust Crumble – $9
The salads were brimming with vibrant vegetables and flavours, a zing from the tomato salad and a creamy Caesar-like flavour from the kale salad. We ordered the small salads, or you can share a large salad for $15 (I found the small quite filling, actually). The serving of beer battered halloumi was very generous and the sweetness of smashed pea worked well to balance the saltiness of the halloumi (a brined semi-hard cheese from Cyprus). I preferred this dish to the mushroom dish. Dessert was a must-order.
If you are planning to visit, please note that they do not accept reservations ahead of time so you will have to show up and hope for the best. Good luck!