East Of Main Cafe sits in the midst of Vancouver’s Chinatown, surrounded by produce markets, spice shops and Asian restaurants. The menu is an eclectic mix of dishes created by Chef Jenny Patsula for dinner and lunch, including a selection of salads, tapas, mains and of course sandwiches. What they are doing is completely unique to the area, and it’s great. Another thing they do that’s great, is contribute all profits to a free performing arts program for young people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Project Limelight.
I opted to go for the “Roast Beef & Blue” with roast beef, blue cheese, roasted shallot demi, horseradish aioli, arugula and garlic butter on a fresh Portuguese bun. This sandwich is full of strong flavors, the blue cheese is pungent and the horseradish offers great heat. The roasted shallot demi is nice and sweet and the roast beef is tender and juicy, and deep in flavor. I love the arugula as the greens on this one, it goes great with sweet and garlic buttered Portuguese bun. Everything in this sandwich made sense, all the ingredients work with and enhance each other in every bite.
The bar features an array of classic and signature cocktails created by bar manager Colin Turner, as well as well curated selection of local craft beers. I chose the Red Racer IPA from Central City Brewing to pair up with the “Roast Beef & Blue”. I thought the big flavors in this beer would match up great with the tastes of this sandwich. With its intense hop aroma this IPA, like most is a perfect match with roast beef. Its hop bitterness marries well with the subtle bitterness from the blue cheese; the beer is also nice with the heat from the horseradish aioli. Like the sandwich, this pairing made perfect sense, strong flavors are present in both and working together every step of the way.
So if you’re looking for a really well thought out roast beef sandwich paired a big bold local IPA, then head to East Of Main Cafe for This Sandwich and That Beer.
Check out www.eastofmaincafe.com and www.centralcitybrewing.com for more info, follow them both on Twitter: @eastofMAINcafe and @RedRacerBeer and follow me @TSTB_Blog. If you want to pick up a six-pack Red Racer IPA then head over the Legacy Liquor in Olympic Village to pick one up.
Also, catch my monthly radio feature on “Just Here For The Beer Radio” on the TEAM 1410.
Photo Credits: Mel Yap