A while back I happened to end up going to Tap and Barrel twice in the same week so I got to try their brunch and dinner. For both visit I went to the Olympic Village location. It has a really nice view of False Creek! Recently Tap and Barrel also opened their third location in Lonsdale Quay.
One of the most appealing items on their menu is the Pork Belly and Soft Egg Pizza. The pizza is a good size for sharing and it comes with carmelized onions and soft mozza. It is suppose to be one of their signature items. I was excited for this and it fell a bit short of my expectations (which may have been high). I just felt like the flavours could’ve had more of an impact or there could’ve been more sauce? Overall it was not bad though. It had a nice chewy crust. The pizza is available for brunch, lunch or dinner.
As a bacon lover, I had to go with the Pulled Bacon Benny with real hollandaise, fruit and tots. The pulled bacon was actually more like pulled pork in texture. I had no idea what tots meant and didn’t pay too much attention to it so I was surprised that it came with tater tots since I haven’t had them in a long time. The benny was alright but there are better options out there.
My next visit was for dinner and my friend had the Cobb Salad. I was surprised that it was so big.
The Mussels and Fries is listed as an appetizer but if you’re not too hungry it was a good size for a small dinner. I tried the fries and they were thick and potato-y.
As for myself, I settled for the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque. Expecting just two halves of a sandwich, I was surprised when three small sandwiches showed up. The grilled cheese was gooey and savoury with nicely buttered and toasted bread so this was a hit for me but the tomato bisque was more like tomato sauce for pasta and not very enjoyable. Perhaps if I get this again I can ask them to sub in fries or something. There was also a small side of spicy sweet pickles but they just tasted sweet to me. Not a problem though since I like pickles either way! Also it was a good deal for the price ($12)!
We had planned to go to Earnest Ice Cream after for dessert but we decided to get the Black Bottom Mason Jar Pie because you can’t have too much dessert! The “pie” is made with chocolate ganache and bourbon cream layered on top of a gingersnap crust. There was also a lot of whipped cream on top. This sounded good on paper but the flavours just didn’t seem to come together well for me and it didn’t have much impact. Good thing we still had room for Earnest Ice Cream after and they saved the day!
I would come here more for the location and ambiance than the food. It’s pretty decent pub style food but nothing exciting.