Fat Badger is a British gastropub that had been making quite a buzz in food circles and several recommended restaurants lists for the last little while. British gastropubs are somewhat uncommon in Vancouver and even rarer for them to win an award, so I didn’t waste any time.
My first time in this restaurant, but second time in this building: this was previously the room for Le Gavroche.
To my (and one of my friend’s) annoyance, some of the more “British” items were cut from the menu in the restaurant from the one online. I heard this was also the case from another visit made by my friend. I was actually looking forward to some British classics like black pudding, which wasn’t available on the night of our visit.
Scotch Egg, Curried Ketchup.
Empire Poutine, Chips, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer, Curds, Crispy Onions & Cilantro.
Crispy Fried Rabbit with Curry Mayo.
Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef, Horseradish & Gravy.
Roast Duck Breast, Pea Puree, Salad of Frisee & Spring Vegetable, Green Sauce.
Grilled Hanger Steak, Sauteed Spinach, Yellow Carrot Puree, Gherkin & Mustard Ale & Peppercorn Sauce.
Grilled Heritage Pork, Mash, Grilled Wild Spring Onions, Trotter Croquette, Cider & Mustard Gravy.
Sticky Toffee Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream.
Orange & Whisky Cambridge Burnt Cream (English Creme Brulee) Chocolate & Sea Salt Biscuits.
Its liberal use of sauce and heavy dishes were noticeable in the usually healthy Vancouver, but my well traveled palate just craved for it because I don’t care for local trends. There weren’t a blemish on the cooking, but I do however wish for the menu to stick to its British roots and bring more of the dishes from England’s iconic gastropubs to Vancouver – just felt that it got sold out to the Pacific Northwest crowd. This is why accountants shouldn’t run restaurants.