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Photo Visit – The Acorn – August 2013

21 Aug

3995 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
V5V 3P3

T: 604 566 9001

I am extremely grateful that summer in Vancouver this year has been epic! We broke the record for the driest July EVER and we have had vast amounts of sunshine. Needless to say, I’ve been out enjoying the great outdoors, as well as indulging in the bounties that the season brings (fresh berries, anyone?).

The Acorn is quite easily one of my favourite places in Vancouver for a meal. The menu is unique, seasonal, and vegetarian (no, I’m not vegetarian but it’s nice to get some well-prepared veggies into my diet every so often). I try to visit each season to sample what is new on the menu and, with an abundance of tasty and interesting vegetables, summer would have to be my favourite season. I popped in recently for dinner with my sister and was pleasantly surprised that we got a table almost immediately (at about 8pm on a Wednesday). You may remember from my other reviews that The Acorn doesn’t accept reservations, so plan accordingly.

The Acorn Summer Harvest (tempura zucchini blossoms, potatoes, corn, in a chanterelle butter sauce) – $19

P1070661Chanterelle Summer Salad (marinated chanterelles, green beens, Camembert, walnuts, roasted garlic vinaigrette) – $9 for half-serve

Dessert special: Sage roasted Okanagan apricots, spritzed with bourbon, with white chocolate frozen yogurt – $8 (?)

The summer harvest plate, which changes daily, was out-standing! I’m a complete sucker for zucchini blossoms so these, paired with the freshness of mixed local produce and a delightful chanterelle sauce, pushed me over the edge! It is dishes like this that make The Acorn a must-visit because although the ingredients are fairly simple, when mixed together and finished with a quality sauce, they become anything but simple.

The chanterelle summer salad was good, but I’d likely order the tomato salad next time over this salad, as I have very fond memories of the tomato salad from last summer. Finally, the dessert, which was bourbon-spritzed roasted Okanagan apricots, was a light and simple ending to the meal. It satisfied the craving for dessert without being heavy or sickly sweet.

I highly recommend a visit to The Acorn before they make the switch to their fall menu, particularly if you’ve not been before. The chefs are masters in showcasing the seasons best produce.


Photo Visit – The Acorn – October 2012

20 Oct

3995 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
V5V 3P3

T: 604 566 9001

A friend of mine, who is vegetarian, had her birthday dinner at The Acorn on Main Street last night.  In attendance were vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. I think it is a huge achievement when all of these people can leave a restaurant completely and utterly satisfied. The Acorn managed to do just that; they satisfied each and every one of us, particularly the vegans and vegetarians. Job well done!

The menu has changed slightly since I was there in summer. There is definitely a fall influence on the menu now, with pears, beets, apples, and pumpkin all being showcased. One of the new items was the Walnut & Portobello Pate, served with pickled shimeji mushrooms and juniper crisps. Plates of this were ordered for the table and they were devoured immediately. When we ran out of the crisps, they provided additional crisps at no extra cost. I loved this dish and would absolutely order it again. I’m even thinking of re-creating this dish at home…

Walnut & Portobello Pate, served with pickled shimeji mushrooms and juniper crisps – $9

The beautifully plated Raw Zucchini & Cashew Cheese Lasagne, Lemon Sage Cream, Spinach Coulis, Pine Nuts – $17

Chocolate Peanut Terrine, Berries, Coconut Whip, Raspberry Coulis, Lemon Thyme – $11

We were fortunate to get a table with no problems as we had reserved the group table, however, the restaurant was super busy again and it remained so for the whole time that we were there (for almost 3 hours). I highly recommend a visit, if you can get a seat. Perhaps try on a weeknight and get there either really early, or after the dinner rush.

I have loved The Acorn both times that I’ve been but to see my fussy vegetarian friend, and my even fussier vegan friend, enjoying a meal out and being excited about their dishes proved to me that The Acorn is offering something new and innovative to Vancouver diners. I am looking forward to my next visit.

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Photo Visit – The Acorn – September 2012

23 Sep

3995 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
V5V 3P3

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!

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