Edible Canada at the Market is a full service bistro with a focus on seasonal, local BC and Canadian food and drink. The open kitchen, 150 seat bistro features a private dining space, expansive patio surrounded by fresh herbs and greens, and take out window for meals and Salt Spring Coffee to go.
I kind of like the idea of this place and it has the right ambience for the concept. Place is just the right layout I think, not too tight and not too open. Everything seems reasonably clean, although it is slightly hectic given it is kind of situated with a `regular store` as well.
We were promptly seated, but unfortunately, the hostess was the highlight of the service. The server, well, she was kind of nice enough, but totally spaced out and seemed to have had a rough day already (before lunch time even). Was not on top of things really.
The food, thankfully, was much better. Burger from the kids menu was perfectly done and, well, NOT kid sized! I think most adults would be quite full with the kids burger meal. Also tried some fish `n chips along with a duck confit hash. The duck confit hash was really tasty. The fish was a good try, good concept anyways. It seemed to be fish wrapped in a thin skin as opposed to batter. I would`ve given it much higher marks, but the fish was plain as water, it really needed some proper seasoning.
Oh but believe it oh not, the ketchup was absolutely amazing. For ketchup. This is the standard by which all other ketchup`s will be measured. We inquired about it, it is made on site and sorry, not for sale. Too bad. I`d say it`s worth the trip just to see what ketchup could be like.
Reasonable prices with pretty decent food in a comfortable environment. I would stop by here again if I were at Granville Island. They just gotta fix up the service...
Visited the resto on a weekend and reservations are recommended. It's on Granville Island, just outiside the market. Their theme is sourced ingredients from Canada and they have a 4 course meal for $30. There are a few items on the menu that have added $$ supplements so I would really expect paying $35 for the 4 courses. Started with the Beet and Barley soup - very good, nice and clean flavours. Then had the seared tuna ($3 supplement) which was excellent as it had some tuna confit on top. Had the braised pork shoulder - a bit on the dry side but good flavors. Finally had the creme brule was was very good. Service was good and they have a good choice of BC and Canada wine with some on tap as well. Would come back to try their set menu as I understand they change it monthly.
Went to Edible for lunch with a couple of girlfriends. Place was packed, child friendly with the 'usual' Granville Island clientele. The space has been used extremely well - open plan kitchen, with a shop in the back.
I have to say, the fizzy pops were the items that intrigued me the most. Combinations such as lavendar and lemonade etc fusion drinks that are now a firm favourite for me. As a group, we ordered the 'mushroom tuna salad, bison shortribs and fries, oyster sandwich, the turducken sandwich and a seafood soup'. The general consensus for tastiness were the shortribs. The other dishes we tried were satisfactory, nothing to write home about. The dishes were just the right size/portion.
It was busy during lunch and there didn't seem to be enough staff, but the staff who were on the floor did a great job accommodating everyone. The prices are 'market standard' - a bit overpriced for the food i think.
I'm not writing this place off - will go back for dinner to see if it's any better.
This restaurant has been highly hyped in the media, so we were expecting to have a great lunch here. We were disappointed on so many fronts. The portions were embarrassingly minuscule, especially for the prices charged! This could be excused if we were blown away by the excellence of the food preparation, quality of ingredients, attention to detail and presentation. I had salmon fish and chips ($16). The batter on the 2 very small pieces of fish was oily. The small salad was brown. The chips were 1. tasteless 2. overdone. My friend's grilled cheese sandwich was garnished(?) with a thin!! sliver of picked cucumber and a piece of brown paper. Again, for $10, it was embarrassingly lacking in any wow! factor. The soup of the day ($12) was chorizo but seemed to be a thin broth with a few slices of sausage and some green stuff. The restaurant was mostly empty, and I wish we had chosen someplace else. There are so many wonderful places to eat and I wonder why so many of the ones that are so poor to indifferent get such overwhelmingly positive p.r. when so many gems get ignored.
I started with gazpacho it was very good, my companion had the marinated vegetables which she said were "blah". The halibut was good, my companions salmon was very good. The service was really slow, with along wait between the courses. I felt the prices were quite high compared to other comparable restaurants.
As with a lot of the other reviews had heard very positive things, especially in the blogosphere. Unfortunately as far as expectations and value go they were not met. Duck fat fries? Well, that is all well and good, but they didn't taste any different than regular fries. The Canadian Rockies Burger ... just average at best. Yes, it is nice to have a place that grinds their own meat so the burger could be served medium, but it just wasn't anything to write home about. Not sure if we had great expectations, but everything just seemed to fall a little flat.
I like the concept and I really hope they succeed, but first many things need to be addressed. After reading a review of the place in the Globe and Mail, I visited twice during the summer - and, sorry to say, the results on both ocassions were disappointing.
Service - what service - slow and meandering; the food was below average. I had the waffles - dry and tasteless; also had the fish soup - average in taste and value. But as I said I like the concept.
This was my first time to Edible Canada, so I decided to try it out after hearing the hype. Service was very slow,and we waited quite a long time for our food, and by the time we received it, our wine glasses were almost empty. The table next to us sent several items back to the kitchen. My fish was not very tender, and the steak was not very warm.
For the price of the food I would expect a lot more. The quality was more like a national food chain.
Sustainability, ethical and local might be today's buzz words, but they're a way of life for Edible Canada. Situated in the heart of Granville Island, this culinary tour and local gourmet retail store has added a restaurant to their quickly expanding business. With a small takeout window, summertime patio seating and upscale yet casual indoor dining, Edible is a welcome addition to the Vancouver food scene. Restaurant manager, Shannon Secours, tells me that their kitchen sources 70% of the food from BC and 20% from the rest of Canada. The remaining 10% is for all those impossible to grown in Canada but oh so hard to live without foods; think limes, coconut, mangoes and coffee.
Their Market Inspired Seafood Soup ($8/$11) was one of the best coconut based seafood soups I've tried. The brick-red coloured soup is as rich and aromatic as truffle infused olive oil, as smooth as silk and nearly as thick as cream. Piled high with local side strip prawns, mussels, clams and line-caught pacific cod, the large portion of this soup can easily be eaten as a lunch.
My lunch partner ordered the Roasted North Arm Farm Baby Beet Salad ($8). The bites I stole off her plate were the perfect contrast to my rich and heavy soup. This salad is light and fresh.The line of baby beets, down the side of a long plate, were both earthy and sweet while the mustard added a little bite. If for some reason you've never had goat cheese and beets together, you should, they were meant for each other.
Being warned that there was no way a person could eat both a bowl of the soup and Edible's oyster sandwich, I shared the sandwich with a friend. I'm glad I did. I could barely waddle out of the restaurant afterwards.
While I was hoping Edible would knock Go Fish's oyster 'po boy out of their long standing 1st place status, I'm sad to say they did not. They have joined Kaboom Box in joint second place for Best Oyster Sandwich in Vancouver. It's okay to have 2 second place winners if I just can't decide which I like best, right?
Breaded in crispy corn meal and deep fried in duck fat, the oysters in this Oyster Sandwich ($10) are not for the faint of heart. The crispy yet juicy oysters (so juicy that I got an armful of oyster juice after my first bite) sit atop thick layer of chorizo sausage relish. The crusty baguette made the sandwich just a touch too dry for my own taste, but I really like messy, saucy sandwiches. The side of Asian slaw was slightly creamy and heavy on the sesame Asian flavours. It was a refreshing change to the traditional mayonnaise forward coleslaws.
Some things just sound too good to turn down, even when you know you should. After I swore I couldn't possibly eat another bite, I was told about Edible's Maple Bacon Caesar. I repeat, Maple Bacon Caesar! I knew right then that there wasn't a chance I'd be able to walk out the door without trying one. I love maple, I love bacon and I love caesars. I feel slightly ashamed at not having come up with this combination on my own. While the caesar itself was fairly typical it came with two pieces of crispy maple bacon, and a stick of celery. I've always lamented the passing of the celery stick in my caesars. Now I can have a celery stick AND 2 pieces of bacon. I'm sold.
This new venue (right across from the market) is a beautiful restaurant that satisfies both taste and ambiance needs. It's menu is fresh and local, it's casual and fun, and more then any other neighboring restaurant, it gives you a real Granville island experience since you're in the middle of all the hustle and bustle.
Most importantly, it's delicious!!!
The lamb papardelle pasta - AMAZING!!!! Usually, too rich, this dish was incredibly light and fresh. Loved the chard and mushrooms in it!
Lemon ricotta gnocchi - light and crispy, we had it with the chicken which was perfect. Again, it had a great balance, the sauce was tasty and the veggies perfect.
Chai creme brûlée - best one we've ever had. Consistency was great and the flavor combo? Out of this world! Chai flavor should always be paired with this dessert.
Wasn't too impressed with the blueberry sorbet or the chicken appetizer, but that's okay. It was still a memorable dining experience.
Also, the sous chef was charming - not to mention - easy on the eyes. Definitely going to come again. Heard they have sangria! have to try it.
My girlfriend and I came in yesterday after reading about the new spring menus online. We had such high expectations and luckily this did not disappoint. The new Quinoa salad and forage toast lunch are incredible, but the best part was the service. Friendly, non-rushed and effortless. I can't wait to come back and try the crab feast for dinner!
On a recent visit I enjoyed the most amazing meal I have had in Vancouver in years. The steak frites were the best I have ever had (how can you go wrong with frites cooked in duck fat), and my guest had the burger which they raved about. The food, service and atmosphere were all top class and I can't wait to go back!