Metro Vancouver Lunch Rush: Ensemble Tap

Chicken Burger
Looking for the best sports bar in downtown Vancouver? You’ve found it. 
At first glance, one might mistake it for a regular pub. Wings, nachos, and calamari — the usual appy suspects — top the menu. With 15 micro-brews on tap, Dale Mackay’s new second concept is, in every respect, a sports bar.

To expect the familiar would be ignorant, however, with Canada’s Top Chef at the reigns. Ensemble Tapwill no doubt attract throngs of non-sports fans when word of its entirely unprecedented bar food gets out (if it hasn’t already).

While toiling over the menu, several staff members suggested the Chicken Burger — Mackay’s gourmet take on his favorite drive-thru item: the McChicken Sandwich. Immediately intrigued, I obliged.

Like the mass-produced original, Tap’s includes shredded lettuce and breaded chicken. Similarities end here. Killer smoky paprika mayo, crushed avocado, and crispy bacon — a triple threat — lay between Terra Breads’ dense focaccia.

‘I was lovin’ it’ so much, that this sandwich lands on my ‘best of 2011’ Lunch Rush list.

Ensemble Tap
990 Smithe St.

This article was written for Metro Newspaper by contributing food columnist, Erin Ireland.

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