Edible Canada is a restaurant on Granville Island in Vancouver BC that serves only local, seasonal food in an effort to bring the freshest, highest possible quality food, deepest flavors and sustainability to the table. They do an excellent job of this. It’s rare a restaurant is this thoughtful about where they source every single ingredient, and even the dinner plates.
Edible Canada’s atmosphere is industrial, yet toasty. The kitchen is open, you can see the chefs cooking, and watch all the food come out, served beautifully in cast iron skillets and on locally hand crafted ceramic tableware. Isn’t that fabulous? I love the contrast of industrial with organic and hand made. Bright red lamps, concrete floors, honey-maple toned wood, and exposed piping make for a cozy vibe. These are warm surroundings ideal for the rainy days we see so often in the Pacific Northwest.
There is a patio for warm weather meals, right under the bridge. For me, the bridges in Vancouver are like sculptures. They’re beautiful, and such an integral part of the area, I love seeing them in the background.
Edible Canada is known for their brunches, so we tried some brunch food. I’ve never had Avocado Benedict before and this was the perfect introduction, holy cow. It was so good made with local Terra Bread, Hollandaise, Chili, Crumbled Feta, and served with crispy Smashed Potatoes. This is the kind of thing I love eating in restaurants because I couldn’t make it at home. Avocado Toast, yes, Benedict, no.
Marscapone French Toast
I was in savory mode with my Avocado Benny and Veggies, but I can’t resist Marscapone, and it’s nice to have something sweet with your savory. Plus our waiter said it was good and he was spot-on with all his recommendations. It was topped with fresh berries and a strawberry rhubarb sauce.
Vegetables, Vegan Options
Vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians will find plenty to eat at Edible Canada. My favorite thing was the Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini Sauce topped with Hemp Hearts. Vegan and insanely good and satisfying. I’ve been trying to recreate it at home, but it was much better there. Fish is all Oceanwise certified, which mean it’s sourced sustainably. My friend had the Tuna Poke and said it was wonderful. We also had a lovely salad made with organic greens.
For Dessert, we had delicious Cappuccinos–the coffee at Edible is excellent, and a deconstructed Brownie served in a mason jar with local ice cream. It was rich! Plenty enough for two people to share and so decadent a couple of bites does the job. We also got to try the Fraser Valley Gourmet’s Almond Butter Crunch Milk Chocolate, which is fabulous and available in the Marketplace to take home.
Ideal for First Time Visitors
I think Edible Canada is an ideal place for first time visitors to Canada or Vancouver to get a high quality overview of all the different local foods. It doesn’t feel touristy though. The vibe is so comfortable and local feeling, I suspect Vancouverites eat here too. I know I will be back.
Inside Edible Canada (but with a separate entrance) is a fabulous market full of local goods, mostly food. Here you will find unique items to bring home as edible souvenirs, all packaged up so you are not likely to have any issues at the border.
Granville Island in general is a great place to find gifts and locally made mementos, and the Marketplace in Edible Canada complements that beautifully. You’ll find maple syrup, specialty chocolates, gift baskets, soaps, salts, and more.
Look at this cute Take-Out window. You can grab some Fish & Chips or Bison Poutine and head over to the docks and enjoy a little picnic.
Edible Canada Bottom Line
What better way to get to know a destination than sampling regional delicacies and locally grown food? Edible Canada is the perfect place to do that, and bring home local goods to eat later to remember your trip and share the experience with friends and family. Find out more on Edible Canada’s Website.
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- We were guests of Edible Canada, opinions are my own.