Best Places for Cheese and Charcuterie
Vancouver revels in its abundance of fresh, local ingredients, and menus around town frequently tout the goods of nearby farmers and small-production companies. And nothing could be simpler than a plate of cheese and charcuterie for showing off the wares of local food artisans. Whether you’re inclined toward a sharp Cheddar or an oozy soft-ripened cheese; a luxurious paté or a rustic-and-garlicky sausage, taste test Vancouver’s best cheeses and charcuterie plates at these local hot spots.
Salt Tasting Room
Hidden down a back alley in Gastown, a list of cheese and charcuterie boards is just not complete without mentioning Salt Tasting Room. One of the first places in the city to introduce diners to the joy of an inside picnic with a glass of wine, Salt doesn’t just offer curated boards, but also lets you design your own from the artisan meats, cheese and condiments listed on the blackboard at the end of the room.
If a restaurant is named after an animal, chances are, the charcuterie plate is going to be fantastic. Wildebeest has built their menu around whole-animal cookery that brings together honest ingredients in adventurous dishes. Enter the charcuterie plate, which features an ever-changing range of house-made items, perfect for sharing over a glass of wine or craft beer.
Nicli’s Next Door
Located next to its pizza-loving big brother restaurant, Nicli’s Next Door is all about casual, Italian dining. The big draw is the handmade pasta, but don’t skip the antipasti selection. Along with both a salumi board and a cheese board, you’ll also find their famous meatballs, as well as lots of veggie options.
The Belgard Kitchen
In keeping with its non-pretentious surroundings, the charcuterie board at The Belgard Kitchen is simply referred to as a “sausage board.” The plate includes a couple of delicious grilled sausages, plus a selection of other meats, cheese, pickles, and their mushroom and bacon paté. The restaurant also offers a massive range of B.C. wines on tap, as well as an on-site brewery.