Last week we had the chance to visit the Pourhouse restaurant in Gastown for lunch with our Aunt and Uncle. We had been once before but only for some very interesting and very delicious cocktails at the bar, but never for food. We make a reservation for 12:30 which turned out to be a good idea because the restaurant area was full when we arrived. The building is located across the street and a half block down from the Steam Clock and has a very ‘Gastown’ feel. The walls are exposed brick and the décor is dark with wood ceilings, cement and marble floors, gold leaf details, large pillars, eclectic furnishings and radiator railings. The long wooden bar, made from 120 year old planks of reclaimed Douglas Fir, has great leather stools and an ever better cocktail menu. The staff was friendly, welcoming and attentive.
Food & Drink
Being lunch cocktails were not necessary but since it was a Friday, what the hell! We ordered a round of Old Cubans to start followed by a bottle of Joie Rose. The Pourhouse is serious about cocktails, beer and coffee. The Old Cuban combined Havana 7 Year Rum with lime, mint, bitters and sparkling wine. Half the fun is in watching the drinks be made. They are also serious about food. The menu combines simple, comfort food with inspiring twists and there are options to suit every palate (as judged by what the four of us ordered)…
A Sloppy Joe – made with Pemberton Beef and Qualicum Pork with a delicious sauce and huge home-cut fries Curried Baja Scallops – with roasted cauliflower, greens and great sauce (sherry bacon jus) but it was the grilled apricot that was the topper
A Grilled Pork Chops – served with corn, swiss chard, potatoes and apple sauce and a perfect lunch portion
‘The Cure’ – a selection of 3 fine meats, sliced and served with pickles, marinated vegetables and olives plus a side a creamed corn for sharing just for good measure.
All of the plates looked like care was taken in the kitchen to present them. The food was very flavorful, well cooked and well portioned. Our only disappointment was the creamed corn was not that creamy and a bit undercooked for our liking.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and for Dinner only on Saturday and Sunday, Pourhouse is a place that we will definitely visit again. Both for cocktails and for meals. The Pacific Ling Cod, Braised Short ribs and Crispy Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup are all on our must try list.