The Belgard Kitchen & Vancouver Urban Winery
- Dress code: Casual
- Romantic setting
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The Belgard Kitchen & Vancouver Urban Winery Restaurant Review: When it opened in 2012, Vancouver Urban Winery grabbed the spotlight when it began putting BC wines in kegs. The brainstorm of thirty-something wine enthusiasts Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten, the wines-on-tap concept can today be found in numerous city restaurants, pubs and wine bars. Here, the best choices --- 36 taps (all BC vintages except for a few international wines) --- are in the winery’s atmospheric tasting room shared with The Belgard Kitchen restaurant. Housed in a 1923-era warehouse called The Settlement Building, soaring 24-foot ceilings, wooden beams, skylights and a massive fireplace, plus stainless steel wine tanks and wood barrels, indicate this is also a working winery. As both restaurant and tasting room, The Belgard Kitchen offers guests flights of wines and snacks, or the option of settling in for brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu (local ingredients are a focus) entices with dishes such as seared scallops with tomato and bacon jam, cauliflower purée, pickled mushrooms and crispy kale chips; a foraged-mushroom risotto; Korean rice bowl; juicy Belgard burger; and flank steak with chimichurri. For dessert, try the red wine-poached pear bread pudding and baked lemon grass yogurt with toasted coconut. Enthusiastic servers will cheerfully recommend pairings and guide you through tastings.