Looking to try a new place, a group of friends and I went with a recommendation for Six Acres. Like the evening air, we went in a bit cold (literally and figuratively) not knowing exactly what to expect, but between the welcoming reservation phone call (which we placed only an hour before wanting to be seated) and the accommodating service, the chill of the night was soon forgotten.
Located at the corner of Carrall & Water Streets in Vancouver, right behind the Gassy Jack statute, the space is quite small, but with enough friendly staffers and a table procured in reasonable time, the tight quarters didn’t seem to matter as much.
The space and everything in it are quite eclectic. Menus are bound within worn our classic book covers and cool knickknacks decorate otherwise empty shelves.
Sitting next to the bar provided us with a firsthand view of the extensive beer selection and some of the odd light cast by the refrigerator bulb. I felt compelled to try something new with all of the snack like foods we were ordering. Picking out a wide selection of food we eagerly awaited it while socializing over drinks.
Selecting a Raven cream ale I nursed it along with my jar full of water while waiting for the food. The restaurant is dim (even more so than the photos let on), but for anything besides photography it is adequate.
Garlic butter and romano cheese popcorn showed up to the table first and it was a real hit with everyone. Not overly greasy, the garlic butter and romano flavour and aroma was strong right from the get go and it permeated the entire bowl. It was really a nice treat and made for a great appetizer.
The poutine arrived next and it was a fairly generous portion of fries. Kennebec potato fries, that were nicely prepared, sit under cheese curds and a beer gravy (which didn’t really taste like beer at all). I liked how the dish was garnished with onion and parsley in generous quantities.
Ordering house fries to supplement our poutine, we did not expect such a generous portion. The dish is drizzled with aioli and we added roughly chopped double smoked bacon for another $1.50 more. This was a good dish and lasted quite awhile, even between four people.
Gorgonzola hot pot seemed like a bit of a small portion but it went a long way. Flavoured with garlic the thick dip stayed warm and stuck well to the crispy bread rounds. We even had to ask for more bread to finish up the cheese dip and we were happily obliged.
Classic sliders came next and were a bit disappointing in that the mini burger was just barely warm. Served with the same aioli that was drizzled over the house fries as well as with a in house made ketchup, there was nothing particularly exciting or unique about these small bites.
Black cod en papillote got a couple of us kind of excited as it’s not a dish that’s often found in these parts. Served with a side of dressed greens the black cod was moist and absorbed some of the flavours of the tomatoes, lemon and capers it was baked with. There was plenty of fragrant liquid within the parchment and the whole thing was quite tasty.
A shot of the contents of the package.
Six Acres was a pretty good time. The staff was all quite accommodating and besides the potential wait that one might face, there are a lot of positive at this joint to make it worth while. I would classify this place as somewhere one would come for a snack and a drink or a good place to start an evening off rather than have a solid meal.
203 Carrell Street