Restaurant Review: The Acorn
The Acorn was one of the first vegetarian restaurants that I visited when I first moved to Vancouver and it never disappoints! Historically, I had only tried their brunch but for my birthday that just past, I picked The Acorn for dinner! If you’re looking for information about an amazing Vancouver restaurant or you are just a “foodie” then read on!
The Acorn doesn’t take reservations but because my birthday was on a Wednesday this year we thought we would be fine to just show up! We arrived around 7pm and although there were a few parties waiting, we were seated within 20 minutes. The waiting area at The Acorn is very small, it’s essentially just a doorway which makes the fact that they don’t take reservations very inconvenient. However, to make up for it, they will take your number and text you when your table is ready. If it’s a nice day you can explore the surrounding neighbourhood.
One of the things I love about The Acorn is that they don’t try to recreate meat dishes using vegetables, they focus on crafting innovative vegetable dishes.
The appetizers are each titled with a different vegetable name. We started with two: the “Mushroom” which was roasted king oyster mushrooms, garlic, smoked onion kelp sauce, leeks and sea asparagus, the dish was as beautiful as it was delicious. Our second appetizer was the daily house special which was yam potato skins served with an avocado and cashew cream sauce, we couldn’t get enough of this sweet and savoury dish, I have been dreaming of it ever since!
After indulging in two incredible starters, I still managed to find some room for an entrée. I chose the daily house special which was a roasted hay smoked squash capellini pasta with house-made juniper salted ricotta cheese, collard greens, pickled cabbage and hedgehog mushrooms. The pasta was made with such care that you feel like every bite was made specifically for you. My favorite part of the dish was the house made juniper ricotta, the chefs use fresh juniper that is harvested in the spring and frozen for future use!
To top off the amazing meal, the staff were very attentive and informative. Our server even recited all of the ingredients in my pasta to me very slowly while I wrote down them down in my phone. My only disappointment from the entire evening is that I didn’t save room to try any of their desserts (I won’t make the same mistake next time)!
The restaurant has both vegetarian and vegan options which is great if you are dining out with people who haven’t yet made the full commitment to a plant-based lifestyle.