The Acorn is a trendy vegetarian restaurant along Main Street / King Edward – next to Zakkushi Charcoal Grill. It is where hipsters rejoice, independent and consignment fashion stores congregate, and eateries compete. The concept of The Acorn is for refined presentation of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian cuisine. Chef-owner Brian Skinner previously interned at NOMA with Chef Rene Redzepi.
There seems to be a constant fan-base here and line ups are outrageous. They do not take reservations and your full party must be present before they would seat you. I came here after dinner with a few girlfriends for drinks and dessert. The hostess barely greeted us and sat us down. The standoff-ish attitude was already not appetizing. We ordered a few drinks as we examined the menu and proceeded to share one main entree and two desserts amongst 4 girls (our hostess did not seem pleased).
Halloumi 19: It appeared like fish and chips and I almost wanted to mistaken the beer battered halloumi for halibut (but that would be wrong). On the bottom was a patty of zucchini pancake with shredded potatoes in a salty throw. Smashed peas brightened the canvas and the acidity of yogurt, lemon balm reduced the heaviness of deep fried cheese. In the back you can see a Lone Tree Cider.
Lavender + Honey Crème Brulee (GF) 8: A nice caramel torched layer with enough crunch. The custard beneath was creamy smooth. The scent of lavender was faint and quite undetectable. A piece of lavender sits underneath the bowl. A cute touch.
Goji Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart (GF / RAW / V) 11: Served with a walnut crust, lemon goji berry preserve, and raspberry coulis, and a few frozen grapes for decoration. I like how this chocolate tart was not overly sweet and was well balanced. Walnuts added a nice chew and earthiness to compliment the coco. And a good play on acidity with goji berry and rapsberries for that added zing.
The presentation of the food was beautiful. We saw to the table right of us a bowl of soup that resembled much like Graham Elliot’s spring pea soup. I wonder if it will taste evocative of the season or be stained with attitude. Perhaps I am not giving The Acorn justice and should return for a more formal sit down taste of what they have to offer. As least drinks at the loving tiki bar as I’m sure the bartender would be a far more pleasant fellow.
The Acorn Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Canadian
Tue 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Wed 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Thu 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Fri 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sun 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
E 24th Ave Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3