Foodie Tour: Granville Street

2 Jul

Last week, my friend and I were invited to be a part of the media launch for a food tour of Granville Street. Foodie Tour is a great company started by Michelle Ng, a foodie with a love of people. Her company is a marriage of these two passions, bringing people from all walks of life together to meet and eat all in the name of delicious food.

Michelle Ng of Foodie Tour and Charles Gauthier of Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA)

There are three tours you can go on: Granville Street ($10), Downtown Vancouver ($40) and Richmond ($40). The Granville Street tour is sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), which sees Foodie Tour as another great addition to this growing entertainment and cultural district within the city.

Each of the three tours takes you to 4-6 different restaurants, where you’re greeted by samples of their signature dishes, cocktails and summer specials. You can sign up for a tour right now here: Foodie Tour events.

(Note: Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for 4 restaurants as I had to go to my friend’s dance show. So I’ll put a link to another review at the bottom of this post)

Michelle took us to 7 restaurants that will be showcased on the Granville Tour throughout the summer. The complete list of restaurants on the tour are: Creme de la Crumb, Culinaria at the Art Institute, ShuRaku, Cinema Public House, Granville Room, Dougiedog, Cafe Barcelona, The Edge, Refinery, SIP, Twisted Fork and Wings

Twisted Fork
1147 Granville St
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-0749

Weekdays 6pm-12am; Weekends 10am-12am

Twisted Fork samples

Samples: Cured Duck Breast on Brioche crouton; Roasted beet, Grilled pear, Goat Cheese and Arugula atop a Baguette crouton with Balsamic reduction; Frozen Chocolate Terrine with house made Raspberry Sorbet and Fresh Wild Mint. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sorbet, but I’ll still always be a fan of chocolate. We also had a really refreshing strawberry and basil sangria- a first for me!

The Refinery
1115 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
604.687.8001

5:00pm – 1:00am Tuesday to Thursday
5:00pm – 2:00am Friday to Saturday

Refinery Shandy Cocktail

Resident Refinery mixologist, Lauren Mote, told us the surprising fact that their cocktails are actually good for you! This is because she makes her own bitters from fresh fruits, herbs, roots, etc. I could tell what a difference this made with the shandy she concocted using freshly squeezed ginger beer, rhubarb bitters, sugar cane juice and topped with ginger ale. They have offer a Cocktail Program where you can learn more about making cocktails with bitters as well.

SIP Resto Lounge
1117 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 687-7474

5:00pm-2:00am 7 Days a week
**$10 Brunch available Saturday and Sundays, 12pm

Southwest Kicka** Benny a la SIP

I LOVED the Southwest Kicka** Benny brought up from SIP (it’s located directly below the Refinery). I’ve never had a fried poached egg before, but it was DELICIOUS. Take note everyone: SIP is now open for Brunch on weekends starting at 12pm- and this Benny is on the menu!

Edge Social Grille and Lounge
1100 Granville St. at Helmcken
Vancouver, BC
604-681-EDGE (3343)

Edge Social Grille and Lounge Samples

Boasting one of the biggest patios on Granville Street, this seemed like a great place to chill out with girl friends after a day of shopping. Samples: Flatbread with Beef Tenderloin and Blue Cheese; Flatbread with Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese; Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho; Chocolate and Van Gogh Expresso Vodka Truffles; White Sangria. I especially liked the chocolate truffles made with Van Gogh vodka, which really deepened the chocolate flavor for me (like I said, I’m always a fan of chocolate lol).

Granville Room
957 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 633-0056

Daily: 4pm – 2am

Mr. Pink at Granville Room

Sample: Mr. Pink- Belvedere vodka, muddled watermelon, mint syrup and lime juice. This drink was easily my pick for Summer cocktail of 2010 for it’s sweet, fresh and only slight alcohol taste. We were also served a sample of Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Tomato Salsa on a Flatbread Crisp (I didn’t get a picture of it unfortunately).

Alas, this was where I had to head off. For the rest of the tour, check out Follow Me Foodie’s review here.

From the sounds of her review, I really missed out. So I’ll have to make it a point to drop by ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro, andย  Culinaria this summer. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time 2 weeks ago and actually got to sample the Cinnamon bun with vanilla bean cream cheese atย  Creme de la Crumb. It’s decadent and oh so sinfully good!

Eat, drink and be foodie ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 Responses to “Foodie Tour: Granville Street”

  1. Mandy Wong July 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Looks delicious and great post! You did such a good job I’m definitely gonna check out foodie tours ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Sophie July 8, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    wow, Karra this is awesome! I would never have known about this without you! thanks

  3. Michelle Ng July 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanks for the awesome feedback everyone. I look forward to hosting you on a Foodie Tour!

  4. KayBee July 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Thanks guys! Definitely go one one. I think the Downtown one would be fun. We should go together!

  5. Becky July 9, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    This is awesome! Definitely giving one a try. Thanks for this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Follow Me Foodie July 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Thank you for the link back to my review! Much appreciated!

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