Following a disappointing brunch at Edible Canada at The Market, Val and I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around downtown and Gastown. With no real set plans for dinner, this was a bit of a spontaneous decision to eat at The Flying Pig in Gastown.
On a whim, we asked Daniel and Stef if they were free to have dinner with us, so we sat down first to wait for them to arrive. Complimentary bread with olive oil & balsamic vinegar to start.
Feeling a bit peckish and with a love for mushrooms, we ordered the Crimini Mushroom Gratin ($5) with parmesan and fresh herbs for some extra substance.
House Salmon Sampler ($9) all local wild salmon, prepared three ways: smoked, candied and as a tartare. Actually, we didn’t get any tartare as they ran out, so they just gave us extra smoked salmon.
The one dish I’ve been dreaming about, Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib 21 with roasted bone marrow, aged white cheddar mash. Exactly as I remembered from my first experience in Yaletown, the combination of savoury short rib, creamy mash finished with a bit of umami bone marrow..try it.
As for Daniel and Stef, they ordered from the daily special menu, I believe it was $18-21(?)/per person and included house salad with a choice of two different mains. We recommended the short rib of course, and their second dish was some pan seared fish (possibly halibut) over roasted vegetables.
In closing, though the prices may be on the higher side for dinner, topping out at $26 for the T.F.P Pork Rack, it provides simple food that’s comforting and unpretentious. Order a few items to share to really get value and variety.