Here is a distinctively Canadian take on the famous Spanish tapas bars that everyone seems to love. Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver, Canada is an undercover treasure trove of delectable eats. First you need to find your way to the beautifully picturesque Gastown district. Now, if you are not a local, you’ll probably have to ask one of the friendly residents how to get to Blood Alley. Don’t let the name scare you off, your payoff is just a short walk away. Just keep an eye out for the upside down neon salt shaker and you have arrived. And let us tell you, getting there is part of the fun.
Salt Tasting Room is a great destination for lunch, light dinners, and especially drinks with friends. Vegans need not apply here. This is a meat and cheese lover’s paradise. Step inside and check out their chalkboard to decide which of their always changing selection of delectable flavor sensations you want to enjoy. All of the meats are hand picked and prepared in small batches and most are gleaned from local vendors. All are cured to tasty perfection. The cheeses here are unmatched. Gathered from around the world, they are works of art unto themselves. Now it is time to build your “Tasting Plate”. Tasting Plates are made by first choosing three meats and/or cheeses. Then pick three wines. Finally select three condiments and sides to complete your meal. If you’re feeling indecisive with all the yummy offerings, they also can design your perfect feast for you. Servers are well versed in the subtle flavor pairings and are great at working with patrons to satisfy your cravings.
The fun communal tables in the main dining room are a great way to meet new people. Or if you are in the mood for something more intimate, check out the Salt Cellar with its selection of small tables and a funky cave like feel. The ambiance is kind of butcher shop chic and very welcoming. And with their amazing wine collection, you’re not going to want to leave any time soon. If wine isn’t quite your thing, they also have an interesting beer and whisky collection or try a thirst quenching fizzy blood orange soda (for those teetotalers out there). Salt Tasting Room probably isn’t the best choice if you are looking for huge portions, however the flavors and atmosphere are well worth a stop inside. Truly the perfect happy hour spot or weekend getaway joint Salt Tasting Room, plain and simple, is delicious fun.