Per Se Social Corner seems like the kind of restaurant where there is something for everyone. In fact, it’s three concepts under one roof: a pizzeria, a cafe and a Spanish-style tapas bar. I had passed by Per Se a few times never really know what it is was about at least from the outside. So when a few food bloggers and myself were considering where to go for some some quick bites after a media event, Maggi endorsed a visit to Per Se Social Corner for Happy Hour. And so we went with much curiosity to find out what this place had to offer.
Chic, Sleek and Spacious
The interior of Per Se is so sleek, sexy and industrial-chic that I would think it is one of the nicest places to dine in Vancouver. The restaurant is very spacious, bright and airy being 7,000 square-foot and having dramatic high ceilings. You’ll find a mix of dining tables, booths, and larger communal tables. The three concepts within Per Se (Illy Coffee, Water + Flour Pizzeria, Rosalinda Spanish Bar) have their own respective areas.
The Water + Flour Pizzeria, which is where we sat, features an open-concept kitchen with a stone oven.
The Rosalinda Spanish bar features a collection of local and international wines, beers on tap and offers a selection of tapas.
What We Tried
Per Se’s Happy Hour is between 3 pm – 5:30 pm Mondays to Fridays. Deals include $5 house wine in red and white, $5 beers and cider, $5 appetizers and $5 off pizza. We ordered the following:
- Pinche Chips ($5)
- Drunken Goat Pizza ($14)
- Kimcello ($16)
- Tuna Tartare ($17)
To start, we had the Pinche Chips – a mountain of local kennebec potatoes fried to order and dressed with Valentina salsa picante and limon. The sauce was a bit spicy and slightly zesty while the chips were very crispy. A great starter to share with others during Happy Hour. We couldn’t finish the chips and one of us took the rest home.
We then proceeded with three different pizzas which were $5 off the regular price during Happy Hour. All the pizzas had a very nice, thin but not overly chewy crust.
The first was the Drunken Goat with tomato sauce, goat cheese, fior di latte, parmigiano, feta and gorgonzola. A tasty choice where the goat cheese wasn’t overly salty but balanced with the tomato sauce.
The Kimcello is a Korean-inspired pizza featuring *kimchi,* mushroom, and bulgogi beef. It had a nice spicy kick to it but not overly so to turn off pizza lovers with milder tastes. While the pizza had kimchi, there wasn’t so much added to overpower the overall flavours. I thought it tasted pretty conservative considering the ingredients.
The last pizza we had was more Japanese-inspired. The Tuna Tartare pizza had tuna, Japanese mayo, avocado, sesame seeds and sesame oil. It definitely was a poke-esque sort-of-pizza and I quite enjoyed the use of raw ingredients on it. I personally think that I like a simple poke bowl better but this pizza didn’t taste too bad either.
Overall Impression of Per Se Social Corner
I quite liked the chips and pizza we tried at Per Se Social Corner. Good quality and portions for the price. The Happy Hour deals make the visit even more worthwhile. I’d be interested in returning to try out more of their offerings. Rating: 4/5