Edible Canada on Granville Island combines a bistro with a retail store that is packed with the best permanent selection of local and artisan ingredients around.
If you’ve ever wondered what “Canadian Cuisine” entails, look no further than the Edible Canada bistro menu. Keira and I stopped in yesterday, enjoying individual french press coffees and two items from the brunch menu. I had the standard Edible Canada Breakfast (scrambled free range eggs, Sloping Hills pork & apple sausage, double smoked bacon, smoked tomatoes, crispy duck fat fried hashbrowns, fresh herbs – $12) and Keira couldn’t enough of her Wild Mushroom Benny (spinach, thyme, Sea to Sky mushroom salt, citrus hollandaise, salad – $13).
She hesitated asking about a gluten-free option but the server said they have gluten-free bread, which she was easily allowed to substitute. In fact about half of the menu is gluten-free, including options like Fiore Farms Ham and Eggs (house cured ham, two sunny side up free-range eggs, bacon hash, grilled green onions, pork jus – $15) and lunch items like the Roasted Winter Beet Salad (Okanagan pears, Agassiz hazelnuts, Happy Day’s goat cheese, orange shallot & thyme vinaigrette – $11/$16) or Yarrow Meadows Duck Poutine (shredded duck leg, cheese curds, duck fat frites, two sunny side up free-range eggs, Sea to Sky bacon salt – $16).
After our meal we exited through the retail shop, but not before spending a good 20 minutes picking out gift items and sampling some amazing bourbon barrel-aged syrup. The staff was friendly and helpful, naming the gentleman who carved hand-crafted wood bowls from Cowichan or explaining the origin of the local cranberry marmalade. I realized that many of the places I’ve visited over the last few years (in the Cowichan valley or on the Langley or Harrison/Agassiz Circle Farm Tour) had items for sale in the Edible Canada retail store. Venturi-Schulze balsamic vinegar, Cocoa Nymph chocolate bars, Vista D’Oro preserves, Earnest Ice Cream, Erin Ireland’s Banana Bread, and much more.
Pick out distinctly “British Columbia” ingredients for your own cooking and baking, or put together a gift basket with items like rose petal scone mix, lavender sea salt, and chocolate mint tea from Salt Spring Island. Top Products are listed online and you can search for jams, jellies, oils, vinegars, crackers, sauces, cereals, syrups, nuts, seafood, candy, and more.
Stop by Edible Canada on Granville Island at #212-1551 Johnston St (across from the Net Loft and kitty corner to the market). Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for more product information, special events, and promotions.