If you follow Graze (3980 Fraser Street) on social media, then you—like us—are probably counting down the days until Vancouver’s newest fully vegan restaurant opens.
We’ve already seen tantalizing photos of gluten-free perogies with sautéed mushrooms, sour coconut cream, tomato jam, and pickled beets; almond nut cheese with kale pesto; a pulled seitan waffle sandwich with bourbon pepper barbecue sauce, smoky eggplant strips, and avocado; and an asparagus and tarragon quiche with veggie hash and grilled pineapple. Need I go on?
Fortunately, Graze doesn’t plan to leave us salivating much longer. The restaurant has set an official opening date: Wednesday (May 15).
The lucky ducks at the Vancouver Meatless Meetup got a preview on May 7. Diners at the “soft opening” event saw menus featuring dishes such as sliders, antipasti, ravioli, pot pie, lemon basil polenta cake, and carrot cake French toast.
In April, I interviewed the owners of Graze—entrepreneur Michael Lyons and The Vegan Project blogger Bridget Burns. While executive chef Karen McAthy worked in the kitchen, Lyons and Burns told me that their casual fine-dining establishment—housed in the former location of Fray—will serve brunch and dinner, and stock only vegan alcohol.
They also said something about pickled beet fries, which certainly piqued my interest. I’ll make sure to order those during my first visit—or the pot pie or the perogies. Well, we’ll just have to see.