The Acorn Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver (Riley Park) | Halloumi and Lavender Honey Crème Brulee

The Acorn

The Acorn

 

 

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).

 

 

The Acorn

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.

 

 

 

The Acorn

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.

 

 

 

The Acorn

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.

 

 

 

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The Acorn Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver
URL: http://www.theacornrestaurant.ca/
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Canadian
Hours:
Mon Closed
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
(604) 566-9001

 


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