The Flying Pig is a nouveau Canadian Bistro, cooking up a simple, seasonally inspired menu with fresh, local ingredients.
We had a wonderful dinner here. We arrived at 5:30 and did not have to wait for a seat. We were given a lovely window seat that was great for people watching. It’s a very busy restaurant and the tables are very close together. It is not the place to go if you’re wanting a nice romantic dinner.
The service from our server Joshua was amazing. He described the dishes very well and made recommendations of items that were his personal favorites. A nice sliced baguette was brought to our table while we perused the menu. The portions seemed to be fairly large so we decided to forgo appetizers and concentrate on the entrees. My husband had the pork rack with pulled pork poutine. It was very good. I had the beef short rib in a red wine reduction with bone marrow. It was delicious and the bone marrow was heavenly on the baguette slice. We decided not to have dessert as we were full. The service from Joshua throughout the meal was truly exceptional. When he presented the bill he had written a comment on the back of the bill thanking us and telling us that he had enjoyed waiting on us. What a lovely gesture. The menu is small but we found have many items that interested us.
We would return for sure.
I am usually a sucker for comfort food, and so every time I make it to Vancouver, the Flying Pig is the place go to. Without question. There's something about this place that keeps on drawing me back, not sure if it is their pulled pork poutine or what, but the ambience is great. I love the nonchalant feeling to this place - it's like everyone is not too worried or hurried in having a good time - but all within the limit of course.
This time around, things weren't such as pleasant. We arrived for an early dinner only to find ourselves with a line-up at the door. Comprehensive and normal. Nothing to worry about. We were told the wait was going to be half and hour maximum but ended up waiting more than an hour. Okay, we can deal with that. What we couldn't deal with was the rude staff and manager. Had it not been for my friends, I would have left. Hoping this was a one time thing and won't happen again.
Went on a weekday and got there before 6pm as they have a policy of no res and no seating until all of your party has arrived. Did our own family style dinner and shared multiple dishes. Clam and Mussels - very nice in a tomato and capers sauce but the matchstick fries were not crisp, shortribs - very good/tender, pork chop - very good but came with poutine which was just average, seafood pasta - very good with lots of seafood and big wide pasta, tried some of their sides including rissotto - very good, bone marrow bread - more like just cheese bread as couldn't taste the marrow, mushroom gratin - just average. The service was very good and dishes cleared/glases changed for wine quickly. Place is very casual and the prices are reasonable with the mains in the mid $20's and the sides/appies between $5-$10. Wine selection is a bit limited with about 6 reds and 6 whites to chose from in the $40 range. Would come back to order the hits and try some of the other items.
I finally made it to the Flying Pig this week after a Canucks game. I rolled in at almost 10pm and sat at the bar, the restaurant was pretty quiet. The interior was dimly lit but still maintained a warm and inviting feel to it.
I ordered the red wine braised short rib which is served with bone marrow and a cheddar mash. The bone marrow is rich and tasty and goes nicely with the mash. The cheddar mash has a ridiculous amount of cheese in it and as you take a forkful, strands stay attached to your plate for probably 6 inches. The short rib is really tender but still juicy at the same time, cooked to perfection. Combined with the Fat Tug IPA I had, I would be hard pressed to think of a more satisfying meal. Ever.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed my experience at the Flying Pig and I will return. I think my next visit will be for brunch. Just a warning to management and staff, the bar has been set high!
I recently went for lunch with a few girlfriends to The Flying Pig, it was my first time being there and I was looking forward to tasty what they had to offer. When perusing the menu one of the first things I noticed was how reasonable the wines by the glass were. Most places don't have much under the $10 mark and $12-$14 is more common. Here, they didn't have anything over the $12 price point. That scored some points with me!
I ordered the chili rubbed steak sandwich for lunch and hot the spot! The sauce on the steak was so good, a bit sweet and spicy, but it didn't overpower the taste of the meat. The half baguette it was served on was super fresh and toasted perfectly and the shoestring fries were amazing...I had to force myself to stop eating the whole entire huge pile.
Some other dishes ordered at the table were the salmon salad, chopped salad and the halibut. Although I didn't taste them, the dishes looked winner too.
I would recommend and will return for sure!
Went on a Saturday night and as they don't take reservations we expected a wait. Checked in at 7pm and were delighted to find out only a 45 minute wait for our party of 4. At 8:00pm they said it would only be another 15 minutes but there was another party of 4 ahead of us. Decided to wait it out at Milestones bar and have a couple of drinks. They finally called our cel phone and we were seated at 9:30. (2-1/2 hours! Not 45 Minutes!) This place is too small not to take reservations. There is no where to wait, sitting or standing. Unless you want to wait on the street. They apologized for the wait and gave us a free glass of champagne. Not a big deal but we appreciated the effort.
The appetizers were very good. Two of us had the caesar salad which had pork croutons and the other two had the Pea Soup. The meals arrived which included Veal Piccata, Striploin and Beef Short Ribs. All the main entrees were good, not amazing, but good.
Our waitress made herself scarce and twice forgot to bring drinks that were ordered. Overall, the quality of the food was good, but nothing spectacular. Definitely not worth a 2.5 hour wait! I'd only return if they start taking reservations.
We often go there. It's good food in a non-pretentious place.
The wait is rarely too longm and the service is friendly.
The veal piccata: tender, with an amazing lemon caper butter sauce, and one of the best risottos I've tried in Vancouver.
They have an excellent selection of wines and alcohol, even if it's a little pricey.
I also like to come just for dessert: their chocolate cake is amazing! (Which you can also pick up and enjoy at home while watching a movie!)
Love this place for dinner...awesome canadian comfort food with great flavours. A tad dissapointed with the samon trio only because it was basically different kinds of smoked salmon but that is the only thing on the menu so far that I havent loved. Everything else is excellent. Service is hit or miss...half the servers are amazing the other half are just kind of strange. Great tunes there as well.
My wife and I decided to try this establishment, and we were pleasantly surprised.
The restaurant itself was packed at 5:30pm, but we ended up being seated right away. Service was very friendly and helpful, she was attentive and always had our wine glasses filled.
The menu is small, but luckily there's weekly features to always keep things interesting. We started with the poutine, and it was very good. The gravy was flavourful, and the sliced beef? was a nice added touch. The platter was also amazing. It was huge with a variety of pasta, salmon, rib-eye etc. Normally at these type of places you'd think that there would be smaller portions but both my wife and I were satisfied with the amount of food, and we left with smiles on our face.
Overall, the experience was very nice. The ambience was given a rating of 3 stars - not that it wasn't trendy or clean, but because of the small space, it was almost too compact. But I guess you can't do much to change that in a small place. Nonetheless, whenever we are back in Yaletown, we will definitely make it a point to stop by again!
I was excited to go here because everyone gave it decent reviews. The menu had selection and the drink prices were good. I don't hold high standards for chicken but these were soggy and not tasty. The women were not lookers. The fries had no seasoning. I wanted to like this place but it didn't happen.