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Vancouver: The Flying Pig

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The Flying Pig - outside
Entrance to The Flying Pig in Yaletown

I met up with a friend whom I haven’t seen in over a year since she moved back to British Columbia. We settled for lunch at The Flying Pig in Yaletown.


The Atmosphere

The Flying Pig - decor 2
Cute pig decor!

Once you walk in, there’s a side table with business cards, a pig (of course), and wooden box full of paper menus attached to wooden boards. Seating is spacious and plenty with great natural lighting from the front windows.


The Flying Pig - decor
Exposed brick wall with numerous wine bottles

I loved the exposed brick wall and how they lined up wine bottles in the indents. Even with the exposed air vents in the ceiling, it’s like a converted loft feel with simple decorations and it’s easy to maintain. You can also see what seating looks like against the wall in this picture: comfy benches on one side, lots of tables and though you can’t see it, cushiony chairs on the other side.


The Food

The Flying Pig - menu
Regular menu


The Flying Pig - specials menu
Specials Chalkboard Menu

They had two menus available: their regular and specials. After poring though both, we settled on our meal.


The Flying Pig - lemonade
Lemonade – $?? Can’t remember…

We started with a lemonade. It wasn’t anything special, just a lemonade. Not too tart, not too sweet. Ice cold. Served in a mason jar (cute touch!).


The Flying Pig - fresh bread
Fresh bread – complimentary

Fresh bread also came at this time and we poured some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. The bread was warm and fresh, having just been cut before bringing to the table.


The Flying Pig - bone marrow cheezy bread
Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread – $5

We excitedly started off with bone marrow cheezy bread. Mr. Pixelbunny and I love bone marrow and couldn’t pass up the chance to try this out. The menu simply describes it was “OMG”. Unfortunately, it was really disappointing! We couldn’t detect any bone marrow in the bread at all! I don’t know if it’s supposed to be baked into the bread or if it’s spread on thinly under the cheese. Mr. Pixelbunny thought it was spread under the cheese, but we could not taste any bone marrow at all. It was more like regular bread with melted cheese on top. I was so so sad.


The Flying Pig - braised beef short rib jumbo macaroni
Braised beef short rib jumbo macaroni – $14

For those of you who are carnivores, this dish is for you. There was tons of meat in this dish and very little jumbo macaroni. I would say the ratio is 3 meat : 1 jumbo macaroni. There were also a few stalks of rapini in there. This whole dish packed a lot of flavour but was too salty for me. If this had more jumbo macaroni, it would help balance out the saltiness of the meat. Given how little macaroni there was, I was quite thirsty afterwards. I ended up packing a lot of the meat as left overs and used it as a meat dish for supper that night.


The Flying Pig - BBQ'd local wild salmon
BBQ’d Wild Local Salmon – $15

Mr. Pixelbunny opted for a lighter dish for lunch and ordered the BBQ’d wild local salmon. The salmon was tasty though just a little dry, with a hint of maple syrup. The salad was light and fresh. Lots of olives in this salad (it is a niçoise). It was a good portion size for lunch, and quite healthy. He definitely picked a healthier, lighter option.


The Verdict

It was ok, though not as great as I was expecting. Perhaps I had overhyped it myself. A great location to meet for lunch (very very close to Yaletown Roundhouse station) with lots of shops nearby.


The Place

The Flying Pig
1168 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC

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Written by Jessica

July 11th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant