I’ve just found the geekiest pub in Vancouver and that is Storm Crow Alehouse. The latter is located on Broadway near Granville (they also have a second location named Storm Crow Tavern located on Commercial Drive). From the moment you walk in, you just feel happy. The walls are decorated with various sci-fi/fantasy posters (I’ve got a huge crush on Nathan Fillion and got a kick out of seeing a poster of my
future husband Malcolm Reynolds), they have anime on the televisions (they had One Punch Man playing when I visited; seriously addictive show), and they have a large assortment of various board games stored in the back of the room. The names of their food is also unique, with references to geek stuff like Game of Thrones (which I love) and Star Wars (which I honestly am not big on – please don’t kill me). I had their Chalet Poutine 2000 and Mac & Cheese KD6-3.7.
Chalet Poutine 2000 ($14):
This is regular poutine (fries with cheesecurds and gravy) that’s served with sour cream, bacon bits and pickled onions. The fries that have not been soaked in the gravy were fresh and crispy, and well-seasoned. I quite enjoyed the gravy as well, which was not overly starchy and had a nice hint of pepper flavour. The sour cream and bacon bits paired surprisingly well with the poutine; I do wish that there was a bit more bacon present however.
Mac & Cheese KD6-3.7 + Pulled Pork ($15 + $4):
The noodles in the mac and cheese were tender while still retaining some texturing. I did find the sauce to be a bit too dry, causing the noodles to all clump together. More importantly however, I found the dish to be quite underseasoned and bland. I added pulled pork to my dish, and for $4 they do give you a pretty generous amount. Unfortunately, while the pork was tender and juicy, it was also quite bland and had only a mildly sweet flavour without much salt.
Although the food at Storm Crow Alehouse was not spectacular (although still enjoyable), their unique catering to those who like sci-fi/anime/fantasy makes this place worth checking out. If you are into geek culture, this is definitely a great place to visit with a group of friends.