Spotting the pig and balloon imagery while driving or walking past the West 2nd building for months now has had us excited.
The Flying Pig has been a welcomed favourite since opening the doors to their flagship Yaletown location in early 2012, and then making a mark on Gastown a year later.
So we’re more than happy to step a foot outside the downtown core to visit the newest addition, The Flying Pig Olympic Village (127 West 2nd Avenue).
Though the name may have you thinking otherwise, the restaurant isn’t all pork chops, all the time. This isn’t one of those restaurants where you come for drinks and a few nibbles – this is where you come prepared to eat.
The cuisine, said to be “Canadian Bistro,” covers all appetites. Pasta and seafood are more than taken into consideration with offerings like the jumbo shortrib macaroni, blackened steelhead trout, and the bone marrow cheezy bread (the description and immediate reaction for this particular menu item is simply, “OMG”), with a focus on bringing in fresh local ingredients for their dishes.
And, yes, you might find some pork throughout.
The new digs have a similar feel to its sister locations with exposed brick, nostalgic lighting, and natural wood throughout. The space feels larger than Yaletown but more connected than the two-level layout of its Gastown counterpart – the third location is the perfect in-between.
Already bustling, the vibe is the same you’ve come to expect.
The open concept space hosts a true mix of guests at any given time matched with swift service – lunch and brunch reservations are highly recommended while dinner service is always first come, first serve.
Trust us, it’s worth the wait for every delicious bite.