Located in one of the seedest alleys of Gastown, lies one of the most unique restaurants (if you can really call it that) in Vancouver. To reach it, you'll have to walk through a dark alleyway, littered with garabage dumps, rats (I kid you not), and panhandlers. Just as you think you`re going to be mugged, there greets you a beautifully modern and minimalist entrance lit by a single incandescent lamp. To put it frankly, it`s like finding platinum jewelry in a garbage can.
Let`s also clarify that this is not really a restaurant. If I`ve had a long day in the coal mine or the lumber yard, I would not think `Gee, I could sure go for some cured meats and cheeses at the Salt Tasting Room.` Don`t expect to have a full dinner here. It`s not what it`s for.
Do expect that this is a beautiful place to bring friends, to be decadent, and to enjoy one of the finer moments in life. It is not pompous as some would believe, but I believe it is entirely genuine and cool. Come on, if it were pretentious and snobby it would be on Hamilton or Mainland instead of Blood Alley.
`The big board` frequently updates itself, and the staff is more than helpful when it comes to first timers. Much of the meats and cheeses are local, from local meat shops and cheese shops that might otherwise slip under the radar. I`m not particularly a wine connoiseur but if I were one, I think the healthy list of wines from around the world will keep me quite entertained.
So if you are looking for a small meal between friends, somewhere to enjoy wine that is off the beaten path, or a place to impress a lady friend after dinner, Salt Tasting Room more than fits the bill.