The crew at VANEATS.ca are at it again, this time teaming up with Eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge to bring you the salivEIGHT package. For a ridiculously affordable $15 you get to choose from Dungeness Crab Cakes, Filo wrapped Baked Brie or Tortilla Soup for an Appetizer. You also get to choose from 3 thin crust pizzas, The 8th Avenue (Hot calabrese, chorizo, banana peppers, and sautéed mushrooms), The Marketplace (Roasted vegetables, goat cheese, torn basil, sun dried tomato base) or The Wild Smoked Salmon (BC smoked salmon, creamy dill, capers, red onion, craisins). Last but not least you get a flight of Belgian style beers from Stanley Park Brewing, 2 Amber and 2 Brun.
I decided on the crab cakes as my starter and I’m very happy I did. These aren’t your typical 80% breadcrumb and seasoning crab cakes, these suckers and LOADED with sweet, tasty crab! The crab doesn’t need much other than a little seasoning and they nailed it. They were perfectly cooked and came with a small side of arugula with a citrus yoghurt dressing. Crab cakes rule.
The 8th Avenue pizza called to me, with its spicy Calabrese, Chorizo and Banana Peppers. Add juicy sauteed mushrooms and a healthy dose of cheese to the mix and I am a happy boy. The thin crust was perfect for folding the slices in half and eating New York style.
The Beers? You know I like beer so this one is obviously a win. Being a craft beer enthusiast it’s great to see some local beers being offered up in a package like this and the two Stanley Park beers offered here are very approachable to the craft beer novice. Easy drinking with no big hop punch or boozy undercurrent.
SalivEIGHT is available now for $15 at VANEATS.ca. Crazy deal, you should grab this one before it’s gone!
But wait, there’s more!
As I wasn’t dining alone I had the chance to sample a few other items from Eight 1/2’s menu, bonus! First up is the Steak Bites, Chili rubbed and roasted medium-rare with creamy parm dip. They were a big hit with my hot date and I liked them too. The parm dip was tasty!
Next up we had some Tuna Tataki, Seared Albacore, fresh avocado, wasabi aioli, sweet soy, ginger. This is a winner, I love Tuna Tataki and this is a great example of how it can be done with a North American palate in mind but not be off putting to someone who likes traditional Tuna Tataki.
And then we had a Caesar in a boot! Actually we had it first but whatever, it was awesome. The picture makes it look huge but it’s just slightly larger than the water glass behind it. The garnish is dry pepperoni and a tiny pickle. This is a pretty classic Caesar with some great background heat. I would order another one in a heartbeat.
Legal stuff – My pizza, appy and beer were complimentary on behalf of Eight 1/2 and VANEATS.ca for review purposes, the other items were paid for in full and are not included in the package. We also left a big tip because we appreciate great service!
Go check out Eight 1/2!