Gudrun Tasting Room
Gudrun Tasting Room is an eclectic escape from its quaint setting in Steveston Village. A giant Oak tree in its front patio hides the small restaurant from the street and provides shade during hot summer days. Its interior décor provides a warm and romantic atmosphere for couples. While their offerings are rotated seasonally, you can expect selected meats such as Hot Hungarian Sausage and Genoa Salami. Customers are able to choose from both local and international kinds of cheese. Pricing at Gudrun is on the higher end. The Duo costs $19 and the Trio is priced at $28. Accompaniments include fresh grapes, olives, and mini pickles. Indecisive diners may opt for the wonderful option of “Surprise Me”, and enjoy a personalized selection.
Sopra Sotto Kitchen on Commercial Drive is the place for unique and savoury charcuterie plates that are enjoyed with wine. The chic marble décor of the restaurant seems out of character for the usually colourful Drive but it makes for a very classy experience. Sopra Sotto’s menu celebrates traditional Italian flavours with an emphasis on farm-fresh ingredients. The food here revels in its simplicity. Part of the antipasti section of the menu, at $20 is the “Salumi Board.” This comes with some of the best-tasting prosciutto, dried figs for some balancing sweetness, and freshly baked focaccia bread.
Juniper is nestled in historic Chinatown. It feels fresh and trendy. It offers an impressive but almost overwhelming selection of cocktails. Most impressive is how Juniper truly embraces and takes pride in local Pacific Northwest fare. A subtle but intriguing mural of Indigenous artwork sets the tone for the restaurant. Local favourites such as “Two River Meats” and “Nelson and Seagull” supply the freshest selection of meat and bread. The tasty ham hock terrine and creamy chicken liver pate are made in-house. Priced at $21, the mixed charcuterie board is surprisingly filling and perfect for sharing. Served with crackers, pickles, sourdough bread and vermouth gel.
Homer St Café
Known for its golden rotisserie chicken, Homer St Café also has a shining offering of charcuterie boards. This stunning downtown restaurant is located in a hard-to-miss Victorian building. Its vintage allure entices diners before they even step into the gorgeous multi-level space. With a charcuterie board that is a feast not merely for the eyes, it is sure to satisfy at $20 for five items and $24 for seven items. All the meat options are locally sourced from North Vancouver. Both local and international kinds of cheese are available. The charcuterie comes with seasonal pickles, nuts, and fruits.