A delicious food adventure awaits you in Mt Pleasant just off of Main Street on 8th Avenue. The crew at VANEATS.ca have teamed up with Eight 1/2 Restaurant and Lounge to bring us SalivEight. Eight 1/2 is nestled on the ground floor a 2 story house that has a history all it’s own-from a brothel to housing a chocolate factory and shop in the space the restaurant now occupies then a coffee roaster-if these walls could talk oh the stories they would tell! I made this visit with fellow featured reviewer and fellow contributor for EatinginVancouver.com Alvin Lee and we ordered up a couple different of menu items that are featured in the package. The SalivEight dining package includes a beer flight for 2 that feature a couple great local micro breweries, a choice of appy from 3 options and choice of thin crust pizza, to be exact the menu breaks down exactly like this:
- Flight of Stanley Park Brewery Belgian Style Beer,
- 2 “Ambers”, subtle toasted malt, lightly hopped, exceptionally clean finish
- 2 “Bruns”, distinctive dried fruit aromatics, complex chocolate, roasted nut and malt biscuit
- Your Choice of Appie:,
- “Tortilla Soup”, chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, tortilla crisps, mozzarella (gluten free)
- “Baked Brie”, filo wrapped brie, local honey, sambal oelek, candied apple
- “Dungeness Crab Cakes”, served with lemony yogurt and arugula
- You Choice of Thin Crust Pizza,
- “8th Avenue”, hot calabrese, chorizo, banana peppers, and sautéed mushrooms
- “Market Place”, roasted vegetables, goat cheese, torn basil, sundried tomato base
- “Wild Smoked Salmon”, BC smoked salmon, creamy dill, capers, red onion, craisins
The beverages for this package are are in the darker beer family but on our visit they were out of the darker of the 2 so we were given a Winter Ale, the amber selection was a honey scented brew that was quite enjoyable but my favorite was the Winter Ale for it’s smoothness.
The first appetizer we wet with was the Dungeness Crab Cakes served with lemony yogurt and arugula salad. These crab cakes were the 100% no filler kind, really light on the inside and crispy on the outside these were a pleasure to eat. The lemon yoghurt sauce was tart with just the right amount of lemon, perfect with the crab cake.
The other appetizer we had was the Baked Brie-filo wrapped brie with local honey, sambal oelek, candied apple and local black berries. I’m not sure where to begin with this,,,IT WAS AWESOME! When I cut into this baby the cheese oozed out like a runny egg yolk-I quickly scooped it up with some bread and stuffed it in my pie hole. The richness of the cheese with the sweet apple and tart sambal was a delicious combination, the filo added a nice crunch to the whole thing. This is something that I would order to share, it’s rich and indigent and quite a bit for just one person to eat-event though I did eat most of it!
The Market Place pizza was my choice and caught my eye as soon as I saw the menu. This vegetarians dream is a combination of roasted vegetables like zucchini, peppers and mushrooms with the creamy goat cheese then topped with the torn fresh basil. Flavor wise this pizza was rich with the cheese and the roasted veggies were really nice.
The other pizza option we tried was the The 8th Avenue, a meat lovers dream. The hot calabrese, chorizo, banana peppers, and sautéed mushrooms all work well together. With the richness of the meat and cheese combined with the tart spicy punch from the pickled banana peppers this was a alright pizza. Crust wise I had to eat this with a fork and knife, the pizza could have used a few more minutes in the oven to crisp up the crust.
Dining passes are on sale from February 6, 2013 to May 4, 2013 and cost a mere $15, I’d totally recommend sharing one pass between 2 people and maybe trying something else from the menu for a great meal for 2-I hear the Steak Bites are the house specialty. You can get you SalivEight dining pass in the Flavor Town Deals section on the right side of my blog.
**Disclosure-My dining package was courtesy of VANEATS.ca but my opinions and experience are completely my own**