Metro Vancouver Lunch Rush: The Flying Pig

Pan Seared Queen Charlotte Halibut
Looking for the best, affordable restaurant in Yaletown? Flying Pig is it.
When John Crook was little, he told his mother that one day he would open a restaurant and she would never have to cook again. ‘When pigs fly,’ she fondly replied.
Two weeks ago, Crook and co-proprietor Erik Heck realized this early vision with the launch of their new Yaletown eatery, suitably named, The Flying Pig. It’s a welcome addition to the high-end neighbourhood, which is largely occupied by pricey or chain restaurant dining options.

The ‘nouveau Canadian’ menu features classic dishes made with as many local ingredients as possible. I was informed that the Pan Seared Queen Charlotte halibut I’d ordered had been butchered that very morning.

Served on Chilliwack corn nage — whose spicy, sweet, creamy flavours bonded in the way best friends might — the seasonal snow white fish gleamed with moisture. It was as tender as it appeared.

More tender were the heavenly dough balls (formally referred to as gnocchi) that were pan-fried to absolute perfection.

The Flying Pig
1168 Hamilton St.

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

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