Mmmmmm local Gastown brews!
375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC
Steamworks is a virtual castle that began with brewing and still focuses on their beers a which are made right in Gastown. Steamworks has ample seating and is a perfect place for a giant party….however, the patio fills up quickly – so if you insist on sitting outside you may have to wait a while. But sitting inside is okay and there’s a vast basement in addition to the main level. The basement is fine – there are windows with a nice harbor/mountain view.
As far as beers go we tried the sampler (pictured above) which at $11 is a steal of a deal. It’s like a rainbow….except you’re drunk at the end. In the sampler was the Lion’s Gate Lager, the Signature Pale Ale, the Empress India Pale Ale, the Coal Porter, the Heroica Oatmeal Stout, the Ipanema Summer White, and the summer seasonal Raspberry Frambozen. That’s right – SEVEN refreshing beers! I absolutely adored the Raspberry and the Ipanema. The Ipanema was a spicy light wheat beer – imagine: Leffe meets Hefeweizen. And as far as raspberry beer goes – I love it every time: Wild Rose WRaspberry Ale, Lindeman’s Frambois Lambic Ale, Granville island’s Raspberry Wheat Ale….and so Steamworks’ Raspberry Frambozen falls nicely into this much loved grouping.
Steamwork’s food is good too – we tried the ahi starter and the stuffed mushrooms. The baked mushroom caps ($8.5) stuffed with cream cheese and crab were lovely creamy smooth creations that I couldn’t get enough of. The sesame crusted ahi ($11) was pretty good – but I’ve had much better seared tuna and I found the wasabi lime aioli a little overpowering.
For mains we had the lamb burger ($13), the spicy bbq chicken pizza ($14.5), and the filet mignon ($28).
The burger was good – big and juicy. Impressive – sometimes juicy is hard to pull off when it comes to lamb burgers. The pizza was crispy, huge, and good eatin’. The only complaint our table had about the pizza (jalapenos, cilantro, red onions) was that it was perhaps a little too spicy….but we did order the spicy bbq chicken pizza; so as far as complaints go that one may be a little unfounded. And as for the filet mignon….it was perhaps the worst I’ve ever had. Now, how can I explain this properly? The filet mignon was still good….it was just a little overcooked at the edges – I think it may be because I’m used to bacon wrapped filet and this one was lacking the bacon aspect that I am so accustomed to. So…the steak was okay – but it wasn’t $28 good – even with the sides of mediocre potatoes and green beans.
The service was bad at the beginning and terrible at the end – but creamy in the middle. No hostess would seat us – each one ushering us further and further down into the restaurant until we found our own table. However, our server was lovely and attentive up until it was time bring the bill – then he forgot we existed – I had to walk up to ask him for the bill and then he still didn’t bring it … so I got the the bartender to print it up for us. Sheesh.
Oh well, overall I say Streamwork’s is beery good times! It’s perfect for an after work beer(s) with buddies.
Please note: Steamworks also has a pretty lengthy wine list, a fine selection of Whiskeys, and a soft spot for martinis and cocktails. So if beer’s not your deal – you can still booze it up nice and good.
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