One of the perks of a social column (Cocked & Loaded in Xtra West) and this blog — which has great visitor numbers, I thank you! — is that every once in a while I'm asked to come out to a Vancouver restaurant and give a review for my readership.
The Irish Heather has been one of my favourite places to go for a beer or scotch in Vancouver for many years now. Their Shebeen whiskey room has some of the best Islay scotches I've had. Now, their old location (which was right across from their new location) was somewhere I'd go quite regularly with friends. I haven't been to the new location much (still Carell St, just up from Cordova), but that's going to change thanks to my Long Table Series, which has helped transform the venue into a Gastropub.
Now, I'm not a food critic. But I have been covering the LGBT social scene for almost two years and am here to tell you that there is quite a sizeable LGBT population now in Gastown, thanks to all the new development in the area. I am an authority on good places in Vancouver to take your friends and loved ones for a great night out, and the Long Table Series does exactly that, at a very competitive price.
The entrees change quite regularly and fall between $15 and $17. The portions are filling (and trust me, I am a HUNGRY guy). This includes a drink, and you get to meet about 40 new people out of the experience. Where else are you going to find a deal like that in Vancouver?
I liked it so much I did a video blog for it. Make sure to book far in advance. It's busy because it's popular, you hear?
Special thanks to Andre Labonte for helping me shoot this.