One of Vancouver’s hidden gems; the Salt Tasting Room, in Gastown. Tucked away in Blood Alley, it may take the average tourist a bit of liquid courage to brave the alleyway – but believe me, it’s worth it.
The Run Down:
On a recent Friday, my pal Ryan and me popped by, after hitting The Revel Room, to try some wine, we hadn’t made a reservation (eep) but the incredibly upbeat and friendly hostess found us a spot downstairs. I immediately fell in love with the dark and cozy atmosphere. We had a wonderful server, she was peppy and very well-informed, especially in regards to the wines and what might pair well with them. So much so that I let her choose my entire wine flight (I simply picked the types – red, sherry, and desert).
This stylish bar has all my favourite things; exposed brick, old wood, unfinished concrete, dim candlelit basements. Le swoon*
For $15 I tried their wine flight (2oz pours of 3 different wines). I went with a red, a sherry, and a desert wine. I know the combo of those are a bit odd, but I was in a mix and match mood. Luckily, our server could foresee my poor decision of having a sherry with a desert wine and picked a refreshingly light citrus for me. It was the Mistaken Identity ‘Charmela’ 2011, from Salt Spring Island BC.
The red was by far my favourite, it was a 2010 ‘Clarinet’ Marechal Foch, from Alderlea vineyard in Cowichan BC.
For eats, we did a Butcher Plate ($16 – 3 meats and 3 condiments). Usually they would decide what to have, but in this case we wanted to choose. For the meats we did ‘gypsy’, ‘smoked beef’, and ‘hickory’. For condiments we went ‘castelvetrano olives’, ‘guiness mustard’, and ‘cornichons’.
Judging by how quickly the basement filled up to the brim, we were fairly lucky to get in, so I’d suggest making a reservation for the weekends.
To Try Next Time: