For my birthday, I decided to have dinner with some friends at Pourhouse. It was yet another place on my list of restaurants to check out and I had heard that the atmosphere at Pourhouse was quite nice so I rounded up a few friends for a nice little dinner gathering. When our super friendly server found out that it was my birthday, he volunteered to supply me with some beverages based on what I told him I liked.
First up is this drink with lemon, gin, elderflower liqueur, and some egg whites, I think. It was a bit difficult for me to remember everything but our server told me that this was a drink that they had just invented the evening before. It was quite refreshing on a hot summer day and the elderflower liqueur provided just a hint of sweetness.
I started first by sharing a oven-roasted beetroot salad with Jenkins. Tossed greens were mixed with pears, beets, blue cheese, and a walnut vinaigrette. If you are a blue cheese fan, there definitely was a lot of it in this salad but since it was mostly on the side, you can also pick it out if you wish. The mix of red and golden beets were very sweet and provided a nice contrast to the cheese and slightly peppery mix of greens.
For my main course, I decided to be somewhat indulgent and had the crispy cheese sandwich with house roasted tomato soup. The grilled cheese sandwich was crispy on the outside and had a gooey, cheesy filling. It was very different from the version I had at Burgoo, which was very buttery on the outside. This version from Pourhouse was crispier and more “dry”. The tomato soup was also more savoury and peppery. Although I enjoyed the soup, I would have liked it to be slightly sweeter.
The grilled cheese and soup was actually quite filling, so I decided to share dessert with Jenkins rather than order my own. The warm chocolate cake was recommended by our server and it turned out to be quite the hit. It came with a drizzle of salted caramel and a side of salted caramel ice cream. The cake itself was nice and molten on the inside and not too sweet so it actually paired quite well with the sweet caramel. The salt also brought out the flavours of the chocolate and caramel.
I ended up having a great time at Pourhouse. Although I only took a picture of one drink, we were kept entertained throughout the evening with the different drink creations that were presented to us. The food was quite tasty and had an interesting twist to many classic dishes. However, I have to say that the drinks are the definite stars at Pourhouse.
162 Water Street, Vancouver