Currently closed due to fire damage.
another one of those too tired to cook weeknights. Decided to go for duck. Got to Grub, and the front door to get in was stuck. A diner had to let me in, but it took forever, and no wait staff anywhere near to assist, or even notice. Finally get in, and wait again, forever to get served. Waiter was very indifferent, and yes, atmosphere was a bit noisy. Didn't care for the plastic chairs. Duck came, and it was wonderful. cooked to perfection. enjoyed every piece. The bed of salad that it sat upon could have been better, and canned beets on the side could have been a bit more creative. Also didn't even touch the very very sour sauerkraut on top. Would i come back here again? Yes. i'd have to explore the menu a bit more, and hopefully the waiters are less grouchy/tired/passive the next time around.
Very romantic setting with good wine and great food. Not a big menu but something for everyone including vegetarian and vegan too. I think this place is the best on Main. I will go back.
The price is more than fair for the quality.
I love it when a chef takes the time to add a vegetarin plate to the menu that has constructed to be delicious without meat. Too many chefs simply remove the meat and expect it to be good enough. GRUB is a place that made a vegetarian dish and a vegan dish... much respect to the chef. it was awesome.
My wife had the beef dish and said it too was great!
If you are into taste you will love GRUB
I have the food a 3 (solid) vs. 4 (outstanding) but I did really enjoy my dinner here. We had the salmon which was moist but a bit salty and the duck salad which was delicious. We also started with the bread plate and which is enough for at least 3 people to share. There's a really nice cozy feel to this restaurant and the location is great. I like the idea that they have fresh plates daily so I would definitely go back to try more!
My wife and I have been coming to Grub for awhile and it is consistently a delightful experience. We came last week for our anniversary and as always the food was thoughtful, innovative, and fresh and you could tell the chef/owner had put a lot of care and attention into each meal.
The prices are reasonably for the quality one receives: one app, two mains, a dessert, two beer, two glasses of wine was just over a hundred dollars with tax and tip.
My wife thought the service was perfect.
I would highly recommend Grub.
I had a very good meal the first time I went to this restaurant not long after they opened. And the price was reasonable. Since then, each time I go back, I am disappointed by either the quality or the quantity offered (sometimes both) for the price paid. The food is still generally good and the service fine but this place has lost the edge it once had over its competitors by cutting dangerous corners.
I have seen that happening so many times in Vancouver: new restaurants attracting a client base with great food at good value for the first 6 months then switching to a more profitable scheme, i.e. decreasing quality/quantity while raising prices. A bizarre business model. Does it really work? Maybe over 1 or 2 years... then people move out and they are lost in the competition. May explain the huge turn over in this sector.
We decided to try out Grub after hearing a few positive reviews from friends, and are certainly glad that we did. We called at the last minute, and almost backed out of going when the server said how completely open the restaurant was (nobody likes an empty place, do they?). We were seated promptly at two tables pulled together in the window area. I guess they like for people walking/driving by to see bodies inside, but the area was extremely drafty. There was only one other table there, but they were rambunctious & made it seem busier than it was. The menu is teeny tiny, but there are two accompanying blackboards with features - 1/2 vegetarian & 1/2 meat. We all shared a pizza to start - tasty & thin but still crisp, but the dough needed more salt. Two of us went with the artichoke & cheese canneloni, and the other two had the halibut feature and all 4 of us loved our dishes. The fish was perfectly seasoned & cooked, and the canneloni was perfect comfort food on a rainy day. A good third of their limited menu is dedicated to salads - too many in my view. I'd rather have some other choices for actual entrees. The wine list could use some tweaking, no gems to be found there. Went for beer instead which was very reasonably priced.
The room itself is fantastic - simple & contemporary. The music seemed a little out of place - Neil Young, etc.
Our server could use a bit more polishing. He didn't seem to know much about the food, or it's preparation. He really didn't seem like he cared too much about being there, in his demeanor or his attire. It's always too bad when a place that seems to care about food has servers who don't.
Regardless, I will be back. My husband & my portion came to $70 all in - great value.
A friend told me about an amazing place on Main Street that changes its menu every night, so I had to give it a try. After two failed attempts at trying to eat on Grub (both times it so packed, you needed a reservation to get in), we finally secured a spot last night.
The restaurant is small and cosy, not pretentious at all. I had the half rack of lamb with herb yogurt and baked moussaka, both of which were incredible. The lamb was perfectly cooked and the yogurt complimented it perfectly. But if you have to get something here, its gotta be dessert, their stilton creme. Its a stilton cheese custard with figs and sour cherries served with crostini. It was a great combo!
Service was a little slow; the food didn't get to us until about 40 minutes after we ordered, though I think that was the kitchen, not the servers. It was also a little pricey as well, My lamb meal costed over 20, which is a little steep for the amount of lamb I got.
If you have a little more to spend and want an excellent organic, local treat, just grab some Grub!
I went to Grub for the second time last night and once again, I was very pleased with everything about this place!
We were seated promptly and our server bought us water and offered a drink. As the rest of our party hadn't yet arrived, we declined the drink and perused the fresh sheet and menu. Pretty much everything on the menu sounded wonderful but luckily we were able to narrow it down to two things as I have a gluten intolerance and couldn't have two of the other options we were thinking about.
Once my friends arrived, the server was back to offer us a drink, we ordered a bottle of the St Hallet Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. It was lovely and crisp and cold - perfect for a warm night.
We started by sharing the Pescitarian share plate and the Seafood salad. These servings were both very generously sized. The seafood was fresh and tasty and I loved the mix of the seafood with spinach and strawberries in the salad.
Next up, my partner and I shared the chicken breast stuffed with sundried tomatoes, served over mushroom risotto with rocket and asparagus. The chicken was perfectly cooked, the outside skin crispy and delicious and the inside tender and flavourful. The risotto was perfectly cooked and included some nice big chunks of mushroom. The rocket added the perfect peppery flavour to the dish. The asparagus was grilled to perfection and complimented the entire dish wonderfully.
We also shared the Tuna, which was coated in a green curry sauce and served with shrimp cakes, butternut squash and asparagus. The curry sauce was a little strong and spicy but partnered with some of the squash, proved a wonderful combination of tastes and textures. My favourite part of this dish was the shrimp cakes. They were wonderfully textured and tasted very much like Thai fish cakes. The squash was served with some sort of reduction, I think it might have been coconut milk based, and they paired very well together too.
Stilton Creme for dessert once again. This time it was also served with poached sour cherries. And once again, I was not disappointed. The creaminess of the stilton creme, with the cherries, figs and pears is just the most wonderful combination.
I found the service to be very good, casual but not pretentious which fit in very well with the entire ambience of the restaurant.
We will definitely be back again and again and again......
Dear Grub owners / operators
You have everything right - but the servers are HORRIBLE! I can't even describe all the things our server did wrong without sounding really mean. PLEASE hire new staff, or train them better because I would hate to see such a great little place fail because your customers can't stand your staff!
Adding insult to injury, our group recieved basically NO service, and a 17% tip was automatically charged. The server needed prompting to take our drink order, to take our food order, and finally to bring the bill...which she also managed to screw up. We each had one drink and one drink only - I wanted more, and maybe even desert - but I don't think the server ever came back after dropping our food off. She was too busy folding napkins at the bar! Maybe it was just an off night. I hope so. But really unfortunate because I don't know if any of us would ever return and our bill would have been $100 more if she had been actually doing her job.
We came upon this place from a suggestion of a friend. The place is kind of cramped but the decore is great, the funky wallpaper adds a nice touch. We ordered the pizza's here, just to play it safe since we've never been here and didnt know what to expect. I must say the pizza was amazing, with fresh spinach and tomatoes. We were not dissappointed with our food. I will definetly come back to this place.
Dined at Grub tonight - what a terrific find! We had the organic stuffed chicken breast and the pork tenderloin - both dishes were outstanding! The only very minor criticism was that the "mac and cheese" that accompanied the chicken was a bit bland (for our taste), but we didn't want to insult the chef by asking for salt. The rest of our meal was savoury and well-seasoned. We watched other dishes being served and they all looked great. The table next to us raved about the yam, coconut and kaffir lime soup. However, they said that the marlin (? - can't remember the name of the fish that was served tonight) was their least favourite out of the 3 dishes they had ordered - it looked a tad overcooked. To end our meal, we ordered the lemon brulee tart that was mentioned in previous reviews - definitely one of the best I have ever tasted. Prices are a bargain for the quality of food being offered here. If only more restaurants could offer the same value!
I love this place! The food is always like gourmet comfort food. So many interesting and amazing flavours and textures that compliment each other so well. And not some West Coast minimalist type of meal where you leave hungry - the meals are filling and satisfying. I've been very pleased with every dish I've ordered off the daily fresh choices list on the board. And I really like that there are vegan choices for my vegan spouse. We always share the vegan dessert and they are usually fantastic! Wish I lived closer, I would go there more often.
Two people of our party of six showed up an hour late, yet we were not given a hard time at all, and were never rushed to order. While waiting, we ordered a pizza - as it turned out, the pizza was served with a little delay as we were told that the first one was burnt. To 'compensate', the pizza was on the house! It was perfectly crusty & seasoned. The sweet Italian sausage, rapini, garlic, crushed chilis & mozzarella were a brilliant combination.
All my companions enjoyed their entrees, which came in very generous portions. I had the Pescitarian antipasto. The smoked trout brandade was heavenly!! I also liked the seafood ceviche and the salmon gravlax very much.
Although the restaurant is tiny, it was extremely busy and so the two servers were constantly preoccupied. However, they took excellent care of us, and as far as I can tell were also very attentive to all other tables.
I am looking forward to going back to try other dishes!!
4 stars go to Grub's main dishes which were interesting enough on the palate without being over kill. The braised pork shoulder in cardamon black molasses was tender and flavourful, balanced off perfectly with sour roasted red plums. I asked to take out the butter mashed potatoes side and it was generously replaced by a large bed of risotto when I mentioned that anything was better than potatoes. Smart move, because that's good service and now I'll go back as well as recommend them to others.
Other mains such as the wild candied salmon and lamb sirloin was solid and very fresh with quality ingredients. Appys were not particularly inspiring so splurge on their lively drinks. The Stilton Creme dessert is understandable good, but I just prefer my blue cheese in its full strength with port and crackers.
Ambiance is whimsical, perhaps a reflection of owner/chef Ling Zheng's inventive and daring flair which are clear in her worldly dishes.
There are only 26 seats excluding the bar, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.
Well I wanted to be cheeky because it's another hipster scene restaurant on Main but guess what....every time I've eaten here the food has been outstanding. So instead, I'll say this, if you want to go to a cool, restaurant with good music and a candle lit ambience then you should try Grub. The starter plates are good, the entrees are fabulous, and the lemon brulee tart is divine.
We received a gift certificate for GRUB and decided to have a quiet Saturday night dinner. We arrived shortly after opening time to avoid the rush. It was an enjoyable meal. Looks like about 32 seats total.
Decor is Main Chic and do take time to analyze the wallpaper themes ... initially looks retro then looks more, well, just look and decide for yourself!
Best tables? For 2, 4, or 6, ask for the window area. Second best area is the table for 4 located under the menu board. Otherwise it can be close quarters with other diners, literally elbow to elbow.
Menu is at the table and on the wall - small but varied and intriguing. Take your time to really look at the complex mix of flavors.
We started with a simple green salad and the bread/dip plate, which was generous in size and flavor. Good indicators for the rest of the meal.
Mains were a difficult choice due to so many good offerings. We had curried lamb rack and quinoa salad, with a great Moroccan flavor, and pork with sweet potatoes, braised cabbage and local blueberry sauce. Wow!
Dessert is not to be missed. We had a lemon tart brulee and Stilton creme with cherries. Yes, blue cheese dessert, and for anyone who is unsure, we say DO NOT pass this one up. It was an "inspiring" plate and we will return to GRUB just to have that again.
Coffee was top quality, decent wine selection and next time we may indulge in a punch bowl - just like Grandma's punch. Enjoy!
Grub is a little gem!
The daily fresh sheet offers 2 meat options, 2 fish options, and 2 vegetarian options. I ordered short ribs with a luscious bourbon BBQ sauce, and it was absolutely amazing. Portion sizes are extremely generous, the food was excellent quality, and can you say good value at only $17?
The room is small, but cute -- quintessentially East Side / Main Street. The service is casual and friendly. It was definitely worth the 40 minute wait to get in.
I will definitely be returning and would highly recommended this restaurant to others.
My friend and I found this cute place by accident one evening while shopping on Main street. The ambience and decor is very nice, minimalist but cozy. The funky wall paper is very interesting....I wonder where they found it.
My friend and I thought the cocktails were very inventive and yummy. We loved the bread appetizer with various dips. The bread was very well made and combined with the chipotle butter whetted our appetite for more.
We had salads for our main course. Mine was the seafood with lots of fresh greens, smoked trout, salmon, and prawns. It also had pine nuts and strawberries. The portion size is very generous.
We finished with the lemon brulle tart and coffee. The tart was very tart and lemony....nice! Sometimes the lemon in deserts is more sugary than lemony and this was a nice surprise.
All in all we enjoyed ourselves and will definately return. The meals are very modestly priced, portions are large and the fresh menu is inventive with something for everyone....even those raw food lovers.
I give this place full marks across the board. We ate off the specials on the board, plenty of options for the vegans and seafood lovers. Dinner couldn't have been replicated at home and as good a meal as I have had. Plan on going for the $16-20 for entrees, in my mind, that's what you would go there for. If you read previous reviews: The chairs are very comfortable, take 6 people and sit by the window, or 4 and under the specials board. Monday nite early, it was not busy server did a great job. Clean modern washrooms are a sign of a restaurant that cares, I peaked into the kitchen and saw smiling faces revealing pride in their work.
Came by this tiny Main street eatery for a late dinner and wow am I blown away. Had a fantastic cured meat and pate plate to start. a great value at only $15. Since we got there late, they have ran out some of the daily specials but the server informed us that there are new dishes available. I ordered the lamb rack and I have to say it was beautiful to look at and even better tasting. The lamb is slowly roasted in a herb crust cooked to a perfect med. rare with a tasty risotto timbale filled with goats cheese.
Service was friendly but not pushy. Low key and extremely relaxed. This is what Main street's all about and I think the management here really gets it.
We will be back real soon.