A few days ago I visited Eight 1/2 Restaurant and Lounge to try the new Vaneats.ca dining pass that was given to me. Eight 1/2 is located in Mount Pleasant on 8th Ave just off of Main. The restaurant serves up fresh food and they take pride in the fact that they don’t deep fry anything.
Before being given this pass, I had never heard of this place, but it was bustling inside on a weekday at lunch time. The restaurant is inside of an old building and they do a good job and mixing old and new decor styles.
The dining pass consists of:
- Flight of Stanley Park Brewery Belgian Style Beer,
- 2 “Ambers”, subtle toasted malt, lightly hopped, exceptionally clean finish
- 2 “Bruns”, distinctive dried fruit aromatics, complex chocolate, roasted nut and malt biscuit
- Your Choice of Appie:,
- “Tortilla Soup”, chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, tortilla crisps, mozzarella (gluten free)
- “Baked Brie”, filo wrapped brie, local honey, sambal oelek, candied apple
- “Dungeness Crab Cakes”, served with lemony yogurt and arugula
- You Choice of Thin Crust Pizza,
- “8th Avenue”, hot calabrese, chorizo, banana peppers, and sautéed mushrooms
- “Market Place”, roasted vegetables, goat cheese, torn basil, sundried tomato base
- “Wild Smoked Salmon”, BC smoked salmon, creamy dill, capers, red onion, craisins
I sampled both of the Stanley Park Brewery beers, but since I’m no beer connoisseur, I don’t have much to say about them. I preferred the amber one on the left slightly more, although they were both a bit dark for my personal liking. One thing that I did like was how if you are sharing this package, both people can try two different drinks.
For my appetizer I chose the dungeness crab cakes. I was expecting fairly standard crab cakes, but these were special.
The whole crab cake was made up of large pieces of juicy, fresh, crab meat. Most crab cakes have tons of bread crumb filler inside, so it was nice to actually have a crab cake made of pure crab where you could really pick up its flavour.
The outside breading was light, non-greasy, and crisp. The lemony yogurt sauce added a bright and tangy element that went well with the crab meat. This appetizer isn’t currently on their regular menu, but it is so delicious I hope they add it permanently.
For my pizza I chose the wild smoked salmon because I am automatically drawn to anything with smoked salmon.
The salmon was thinly sliced and spread all over the pizza. In addition to salmon, there was also capers, red onions, and craisins on the pizza. I liked the salty flavour of the capers and the offsetting sweet flavour of the craisins.
The pizza dough was very thin, which is what I prefer when it comes to pizza. Some of the outside crust got quite crunchy, but I would prefer that over it being too soft.
I enjoyed my meal from Eight 1/2 and I definitely think it is a great and pretty affordable neighbourhood gem. The SalivEIGHT dining pass is currently on sale for $15 at Vaneats.ca. This is a good deal because it has drinks and food for two people (drinks alone would cost that much at many places).
Disclosure: I did not pay for my dining pass.
Yes, for fresh tasting food.