Earlier this week, I went to the launch party of Grain Tasting Bar at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. This contemporary yet rustic lounge has been open for several months but they only just held an official party to celebrate its launch.
The decor of Grain is very sophisticated but the use of wood adds the down-to-earth feel to it. It uses retractable window panes to let fresh air/summer breeze come in, while enhancing the unique downtown street view that it offers.
Similar to Mosaic Bar & Grille, Grain’s menu, while being much simpler, features local and seasonal products. Oyama Sausage, R&B, Long Table Distillery, and Gelderman Farms are some of the local suppliers that Grain sources their ingredients from.
At the event, I sampled a couple of its cocktails. The Bangkok Mule is a whisky-based cocktail with ginger puree, yuzu juice and simple syrup. It’s simple, but it packs a punch thanks to the ginger puree. There’s a spicy after-taste that, surprisingly, is quite refreshing. I also tried one of its newest addition, a tangerine cocktail (I’m going to get the name soon!). Citrus is one of my favourite flavours when it comes to cocktail (lychee would be the other one), so I was glad that Michael, Hyatt’s Director of Food & Beverage, recommended this drink. It’s loaded with tangerine flavours, though more on the sweet side. Both cocktails were so yummy I could have a few more of those before realizing that I probably had just a few too many!
In terms of bites, they kept it simple at the party by highlighting their Cheese Cave and Charcuterie Room menu, as well as seafood sourced from Albion Fisheries. The sampling demonstrates the great quality of products that they receive from their suppliers. The cheese and charcuterie platters are great for happy hour or afternoon meetup over a glass of wine.
It’s too bad that we didn’t really try any kitchen items, but given the extraordinary experience we had at Mosaic I trust that Chef Thomas Heinrich and his culinary team will do an excellent job and put out some fantastic food for their customers. Since it’s so close to work, I should come by for lunch or happy hour and try some of its kitchen items.
Grain Tasting Bar
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver