PiDGiN blends global inspiration and their own proud mix of ethnicities to create a menu of fresh, East meets West cuisine. Local craft beer and creative cocktails bring it all together.
We've been to Pidgin a few times now, and it's been a great experience each time. Great, innovative drinks with fairly reasonably priced food. If you are not counting calories, a must try is the pork belly rice bowl. Rich, smoky, meaty flavour with the smooth, almost silky texture of the rice makes me think about it each time I'm near Gastown. The oyster shot is also really good.
Ambiance is solid - clean lines and a relaxing place to chat and wind down the night with yummy, yummy food.
4 of us dined here on a weekend, the place was packed. We all ordered the same thing.
(prix fixe menu for $55 per person)
- oyster shot, apple, horseradish
- daily pickles
- raw scallops, pomegranate, red curry oil, daikon, green apple
- grilled octopus, romesco, fennel biscotti
- mushrooms, snap peas, egg, soy yuzu brown butter
- pickling spiced half squab, cabbage, apples, mustard cream
- half duck, carrot cake, oranges, spices
- meringue, passion fruit curd, almonds, white chocolate lime
This meal was awesome. Unique food with amazing flavors and also we all left with a full stomach. I've been to many good Vancouver restaurants and this one definitely stands out!
Cool place, excellent food, great staff, YES I will be back here.
So, like all things media related, the protests and protesters are grossly over reported. Nor is it anywhere near Pidgeon Park. And we walked out of the DTES without a peep.
The place is good...a work in progress and a ways to go before I'd slap an unvarnished recommendation but good with hope for the future, having eaten our way through 1/2 the menu over a pleasant 3h decompression dinner with a good friend.
There were some highlights: The rice cake with tomato, pork belly and furiake was a real winner...a true example of where fusion (in this case Japan/Italian) works with the rice cake like a rice gnocchi. The beef tongue and cheek needs work but a generally very good dish with an upside for future visits. The soy mushrooms with poached eggs was an excellent and attractive starter but the beef tataki needs work in presentation (Gruyere, potato crumbs, beef carpaccio, unagi) to bring out too many subtle flavours. The calamari yakiudon style needs work but the calamari itself was excellent (not rubbery but dense) although it is blatant cheating if you need a dollop of bacon to save the dish.
Some spiffy cocktails and the right ingredients, including the Botanist gin on offer. There were a couple of good cocktails, especially the Asian-y Deighton with Bulleit bourbon and the Van Horne gin and fizzy jasmine tea (awesome CPRailway reference!) which fixes a lot, as does the pleasant and open staff, who addressed openly and encouragingly, defiantly, the protesters and their misguided efforts.
The room is noisy, but with a pleasantly low hipster-ia quotient. Pidgin is an earnest place worth supporting, with some upbeat hope and optimism, something that this town needs to embrace for more than as a bastion against PC madness.