1. Itadakimasu Restaurant & Sake Bar (4148 Main Street)
We are so excited to add this delicious Japanese-French fusion izakaya to our Main Street Restaurant & Cocktail Tour. Owner Chef Andy Chuma has close to two decades of culinary experience in Canada, France and Japan. His devotion to Japanese food is matched only by his enthusiasm for French cuisine. Itadakimasu is his labour of love, a fusion between Japanese taste and French preparation.
2. Rocio’s Saltenas & Pastries (2261 East Hastings Street)
Contributing to the already amazing multicultural flavour of the East Village neighbourhood is Saltenas. This family run Bolivian restaurant is serving up fair trade Bolivian coffee & delicious savory pastries . Called saltenas, these treats are stuffed with your choice of chicken, beef, or veggies. Think empanadas with a Bolivian flair!
3. The East Cafe (2401 East Hastings Street)
Locally owned and operated by Dalyn & Zol, this bright and airy cafe is full of lovely character and beautiful treats. They sourced their menu from local shops (pastries from the Pie Shoppe, sandwiches from La Grotto) and use a vintage Italian espresso machine to make the perfect cup of coffee. This place is unpretentious and friendly, just like the East Village itself.
4. Windsor Meats (2276 East Hastings Street)
We are sad to see Moccia Urbani leave but we are very happy that they are being replaced by an equally cool butcher shop. Windsor meats will be opening this weekend in the former Urbani shop and they will be bringing their award winning butcher cuts with them. They specialize in free-range, all-natural, non-medicated local meats, as well as carrying a vast selection of natural sauces, condiments, oils, and snacks.