Secret Meals: Underground Dining in Vancouver

UndergroundDining-22Underground dining has come a long way in Vancouver.

Back in the day, you used to have to “know somebody” to gain entree to these clandestine restaurants, operated secretly out of people’s homes and apartments.  Locations were kept carefully hidden and a series of clues led you to your dinner destination.

These days, underground restaurants are hardly off the radar.  In fact, some of them even have their own web pages, where you can browse menus, look through a gallery of photos and even make a reservation for an upcoming meal.

Last week, I checked out one of Vancouver’s best-known underground restaurants (if that’s not an oxymoron): the Birds Nest.  Once a reservation had been made, emailed directions sent me to a historic apartment building in the South Granville  neighbourhood.  I buzzed the designated apartment, the front door unlocked and I wandered inside and got into a creaking elevator.

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Secret Meals: Underground Dining in Vancouver

Tired of Restaurants? Time to Try the Secret Supper Club

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Image courtesy of Swallow Tail Secret Supper Club

Secret supper clubs and underground restaurants have slowly begun to gain popularity in Vancouver. Allowing guests to escape from the typical restaurant world, a secret supper club is typically held in someone’s home out of their kitchen. Fresh, local food is featured for a nominal fee, but the location and the dining experience are what makes it priceless.

The Swallowtail Supper Club joins other underground dining experiences, including 12B and NFA (No Fixed Address). But, what makes the Swallowtail Supper Club stand out is its themed pop-up restaurant and foraging experiences.

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Tired of Restaurants? Time to Try the Secret Supper Club