Roof Garten: Chic decor, food’s a bummer

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When I heard about Roof Garten, I had to jot it down as a place to visit. Amongst the crummy streets of downtown Vancouver, there’s an oasis of green for me to dine at? This I had to see.

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I visited Roof Garten during their happy hour, which happens daily from 5PM-7PM. We were promptly seated. As we walked to our seat, I marvelled at how pretty everything was. There were lots of white and green, and the ceiling was see-through so you could see the sky outside. Our table looked out into Granville Street, so it was definitely smack-dab in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

We were given their regular menu, as well as their happy hour one. Honestly, the prices during happy hour were really affordable. Quite a few of their plates were $7, and they had several $5 drinks. We ended up ordering four dishes to share, and I also got their daily cocktail.

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It must’ve been about five minutes later that they brought us our food. I should’ve known this was a bad sign.

I was pretty excited to dig in. I tried one of everything as quickly as I could. I started with the pierogi.

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It was way softer than I thought it would be, especially when the menu called them “pan-seared” pierogi. There were also hunks of thick cut bacon, but it was flavourless. It was as if it was sitting in liquid for too long. Overall, the pierogi were very bland.

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Then I took a piece of the chicken. Honestly, they tasted like Costco chicken nuggets. It was also too salty.

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I was hoping the salmon tartare would be good, but I couldn’t even taste the salmon. It was overly…oily? There wasn’t much salmon to begin with, but what little there were, I couldn’t taste. It came with taro crisps, but those are negligible.

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Lastly was my favourite at the table: the mushroom bruschetta. That’s not saying a lot. If they didn’t salt it, it might have been a good dish. But it was also super salty. And here’s the thing: I don’t even like mushrooms. So the fact that my favourite thing (if I had to choose one) at the table was the mushroom dish, you can guess how much I enjoyed the rest.

It’s such a shame because the venue is so nice. The servers were also super friendly. It’s just the food that was really subpar, but being a food establishment, that’s a little worrying.
Roof Garten Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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