Oh wow have I got a story for you! If you have ANY family visiting this Christmas or want to impress a special date, you’ll want to take them to this Vancouver Gem so keep reading!
Belgard kitchen is a restaurant and brewery just outside of gastown on Alexander street and Dunlevy avenue. It’s definitely a vacant little area full of warehouses! My experience goes like this:
I was driving to meet my coworkers at this place I’ve never been to: Belgard Kitchen. Google maps took me to this seemingly forgotten place. It was vacant, even though It is only about a block down from a popular bus stop. I seriously questioned if I should park and leave my car in that area! I must have passed this building 4 times until I saw my coworkers walking in a group--by the time I had parked and ran to meet them, however, they had vanished. WHAT a MYSTERY! My maps pointed at this one big building on the corner. Like all the buildings, it had no signage and no windows. All there was, was a small sandwich sign on the signwalk that said “Beer and Food”. Hmmm...No door. I looked at the sign and back at this wooden wall. The streets were dark and silent and I was very confused. I was all alone on this forgotten street. The gigantic wooden wall that was about 2 stories tall had a little itty bitty sign that said “pull”. I did and the whole wall opened like a giant door!
Suddenly a wave of chatter fled out and another door awaited me; This one was just as huge but decadently engraved and arched at the top. I wondered how I hadn’t observed anybody coming in or out of this place, no street traffic at all, and yet this place was packed! A hostess was there inside to greet me and, as I looked around, I saw every table filled with warm smiles and bustling servers bringing delicious looking meals to every table. I was pointed to an inside balcony where my staff party was being held, and on the way, I passed a majestic white fireplace, a wall of giant oak barrels, and silver towers filled with beer.
I was in awe! For dinner, we were served many delicious vegan dishes: hummas and bread platters to name just one, but there were also unique finds such as squid ink pasta! They offer wine “flights” of your choosing, which I chose, and got a row of small wine glasses ascending from white to red.
This experience reminded me, very vividly, of a time me and my (now) husband were wondering the vacant alley ways of paris and happened upon this random, out-of-nowhere restaurant. Again, buzzing with livelihood and offering unique and decadent meals.
I will definitely be inviting everyone I know to Belgard Kitchen and I will intentionally fail to mention any details as to how to find it. This way, they will all experience the same confusion and magical Wonderland-ness of this hidden gem! Go try it yourself!