Commodore Ballroom, which opened doors December 1929, earned its cred as Vancouver’s “it” venue by hosting greats like Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Nirvana, Beastie Boys and Kiss. This summer, the legendary art deco concert hall is going for foodie fame too. Bottleneck, Commodore’s new bar/restaurant, is now open in the concert venue’s former storage area at 870 Granville.
Bottleneck chef Hugh Carbery handles the Bottleneck menu along with food requests from Commodore’s celeb performers.
What did Slash order before his concert? What’s on the brand new Bottleneck summer menu? Find out after the jump.
According to this Vancouver Sun restaurant review, Carbery won’t spill the details of rockstar food requests. The recently updated summer menu, however, is available.
Bottleneck excels at edgy and occasionally retro, locavore cuisine. Starters begin at $3 for fried pickles, marinated olives and bread and butter. The retro starter standout is “the wedge”- iceberg lettuce with buttermilk Stilton dressing and candied walnuts for $8 – which I’m sure I’ve seen Roger Sterling order multiple times on Mad Men. Carnivore-friendly starters such as beef carpaccio with a caraway crust and grilled shortribs with kimchi jump to $11 and $12 respectively.
The mains, which are all casual comfort food of sorts, each feature a memorable twist. A Bottleneck BLT (pictured above) comes with a soft boiled egg. Grilled cheese benefits from red-wine-braised beef and cumin gouda. Pizza comes with house-made fennel sausage topping. The priciest dinner on the menu is the (Pemberton beef) burger at $15 which comes with house-made bacon and scape relish.
For afters, dessert too is tweaked comfort fare. Bottleneck improves on the classic banana split by frying the banana, adding peanut brittle and using a vanilla rum ice cream base.
Speaking of booze, Bottleneck has six signature drinks. Based on name alone, “The Velvet Underground” (Jameson, Chambord, lime juice) appeals. A predictable summer favourite is the English Garden (gin, St. Germain, Sauv Blanc, lemon, cucumber, soda).
Bottleneck is open Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 2am. The new menu warrants a visit, but why not catch an upcoming summer show (Scissor Sisters, Steel Panther, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg) while you’re there.