Belgard Kitchen

Located a couple blocks East of Gastown, smack in the middle of Railtown you’ll notice a renovated warehouse.  There aren’t any big flashy signs, but if you look closely you’ll see the words Settlement Building, The Belgard Kitchen, Postmark Brewing and Vancouver Urban Winery on a charcoal block beside the grand wooden front doors.

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All under one roof, you have 3 different offerings.  Vancouver Urban Winery which has 36 wines taps available for tasting and purchase.  Postmark Brewing offers 6 beers on tap, including an IPA, a Wit, a Stout, and a Hefe.  Belgard Kitchen is a restaurant with a menu with multicultural inspirations.

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I ordered the Salmon Gravlax Hash, which came with house cured sockeye, crispy potatoes, avocado, beet puree and picked onions on a bed of arugula with poached eggs on top.  It was light as well as delicious and exactly what I wanted.  I ordered an extra egg so all 3 eggs were perfectly runny on top of my salad.

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My husband ordered the Railtown Breakfast Wrap which had fried egg, bacon, avocado, arugula, sprouts, pickled onion, hummus all contained in a flatbread with a side a potatoes.  Although it wasn’t as colorful, my daughter and husband loved this dish even more than mine.

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Since my daughter still takes an afternoon nap, we had limited time before having to go home to put her in bed.  We decided to change our plans to stay longer just to admire the décor after our meal.   From the high ceilings, vintage fireplace, wine barrels, wooden tables and to their tastefully arranged antiques, we were impressed.  We can’t wait to come back for lunch or dinner.

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Medium noise level – $$

Belgard Kitchen

55 Dunlevy Avenue

Vancouver, BC

V6A 3A3

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Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery

Not many dessert places deserve a 5/5, but Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery earned it.  Besides the nostalgic soda bottles, Glenburn has really put a lot of thought into setting the scene for an old fashioned malt shop.  Every single detail from whip cream canister to their old fashioned paper hat screams retro.  They’ve changed the counter tops, lighting and even added old school hardware on all the handles.

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You know what else is impressive?  Their ice cream actually taste creamy and full of flavor.  Strawberry ice cream means chunks of strawberries, not those generic, tasteless, artificially flavored crap you find in grocery stores.

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Their large size sundaes are the perfect size for sharing.  If you’re in the mood for something else, they also have milkshakes, floats, malts, rickeys and vintage candy.  I didn’t grow up in the era of malt and soda shops, but I sure can appreciate them.

Loud noise level – $

Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery

4090 Hastings Street

Burnaby, BC

V5C 2H9