Written By Anya Levykh Folks / Reporter Aug 5, 2013 Burdock & Co. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestVANCOUVERThe opening of another restaurant with a local-sustainable bent isn’t necessarily news, but when the chef/owner is the likes of Andrea Carlson, the buds perk up in anticipation—and rightly so. Burdock & Co. is Carlson’s first venture as both owner and chef, and is as pure an expression of her principles about food as I have ever tasted. Carlson’s former EC stints at Raincity Grill and Bishop’s honed her trademark style of refined yet approachable dishes, and that style is unleashed in full at Burdock. Even the room is in line with the culinary ethos. Reclaimed rough planks are staggered on one wall in seemingly random but cohesive patterns. More reclaimed wood graces the bar at the back of the long narrow room. Cocktail glasses are housed in an old-fashioned medicine cabinet and small, black and white hexagonal tiles create a baseboard of sorts for the bar. It’s an open concept and kitchen, with comfortable high top and banquet seating, and a large communal table at the front that encourages friendly shoulder-rubbing with one’s neighbours. The menu overall is one of balance, with an emphasis on clean, crisp flavours and not too many ingredients on plate. Roasted green farro ($10) is made extraordinary with the addition of fermented black garlic, an ingredient I am tempted to knock back like bar nuts. Despite the focus on vegetables—lots of vegan and vegetarian dishes for herbivores—there’s plenty of meat on the menu. Fresh oysters ($15) out of the shell are topped with finger lime “caviar” and small, almost sweet radishes. An apple and verbena sorbet lends subtle herbal notes to contrast with the briny quality of the mollusks. Fried chicken and pickles ($12) might sound odd, but is a tender, moist plate of crispy strips sided with lightly pickled beets and onions, with a drizzle of charred chili vinegar to counteract the richness of the meat. The drinks menu is equally focused. Bittered Sling bitters and local sake muddle with gin and fresh herbals for delicate, food-friendly cocktails and “natural” craft brews and organic wines round things out nicely. There are even some hooch-free concoctions for designated drivers or confirmed teetotallers. Open daily from 5pm. No reservations.2702 Main St. | 604.879.0077 | www.burdockandco.com images courtesy of the Burdock & Co website ChefsFolksVancouver SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like Food People / Victoria September 8, 2017 EAT Talks Speaker Line-Up EAT TALKS N0 2 “Well… That Didn’t Work Out: Failures Flops and Frustrations” EAT Talks are a series of live events produced ... Read More Food People / Reporter / Victoria August 31, 2017 The Long Table Series Debuts at Topsoil Farm On a warm and starry August evening, a new Victoria business was born. The new venture called The Long Table Series has been conceived by owners ... Read More Drink People / Food People / Victoria August 16, 2017 EAT TALKS Round-up…plus new EAT Talks event Announced for Sept 11 Let’s Not Open a Restaurant (June 2017) The first in the magazine’s Eat Talks Series turns into a lively evening of storytelling and truth ... Read More Food People July 4, 2017 Island Food: The Challenges of Growing a Food Business on the Gulf Islands Twenty minutes of climbing and I am gasping for breath, initially from the hike, then from the unexpected beauty of the view. Sapphire sky fills the ... Read More Food People / Victoria May 19, 2017 Meet Entrepreneur Daniel Edler and his Ice Cream Subscription Business Daniel Edler of 49 Below Artisan Ice Cream, an ice cream subscription service based in Victoria, BC, will be a featured speaker at the June ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals May 18, 2017 Meet Entrepreneur Mike Rowe of Accio Mike Rowe of Accio, an on-demand restaurant and retail delivery service based in Victoria, BC, will be a featured speaker at the June 12th EAT ... Read More Comments are closed.