Tuc Craft Kitchen in Gastown has unveiled an updated menu of comfort-food favourites that’s also light and refreshing for the summer palate.
The Gastown favourite which is known for serving rustic, seasonal, farm-to-table fare has also launched a new lineup of cocktail and wine features including Odd Society Sundays and Rose-All-Day Mondays.
I was recently invited to a tasting of the summer menu with wine pairings. Here’s a look at some of the Tuc’s new summer offerings.
House-made ricotta, warm olives, sheeps milk parmesan. Paired with Sperling Vineyards ‘Vision’ ’15 Chardonnay | Okanagan Valley, BC.
Baby shrimp, strawberries, tender greens, lemon vinaigrette, carrot lime puree. Paired with Culmina ‘Unicus’ ’16 Grüner Veltliner | Okanagan Valley, BC.
Oceanwise Togarashi Ahi Tuna
Seared Ahi Tuna, tumeric & garlic infused rice noodles, seasonal vegetables, cilantro dressing. Paired with Bella ‘Buddha’s Blend’ Rosé ’18 Gamay & Chardonnay | Okanagan Valley, BC.
I enjoyed the garlicky, thin, smooth and silky rice noodles with the perfectly seared ahi tuna pieces.
Lentil Hash Mole Verde
Black lentils, sweet peas, roasted mushrooms, corn, pea greens. Paired with Herdade do Esporão ‘Monte Velho’ ’16 | Antão Vaz + | Alentejano, PT.
Ribs ‘n Fries
Orange & jalapeño glazed side ribs, curly yam fries, red slaw. Paired with Anarchist ‘Mayhem’ ’16 Merlot | Osoyoos, BC
The curly yam fries were a fun touch and I enjoy the light, sweet and spicy flavours of the orange glaze.
Oceanwise Seafood Étouffée
BC mussels & manila clams, prawns, squid, creole tomato sauce, dirty rice. Paired with Maetierra ‘Atlantis’ ’17 Albariño | Rías Baixas, ES.
This dish was right up my alley as I love seafood and the creole tomato sauce gave it some light spicy flavours while the dirty rice made it more of a comforting dish.
ODD SOCIETY SUNDAYS
Throughout the day on Sundays, Tuc will showcase small-batch spirits produced by its neighbours at Odd Society Distillery during its Any Given Sunday promotion that offers five signature cocktails for $10 each:
- Bud Up (Odd Society Mongrel white whisky, Odd Society cassis, Odd Society bittersweet vermouth, hibiscus team, rose water);
- Timeless Pear (Odd Society Mongrel white whisky, pear liqueur, pear green tea, lime, tarragon bitters);
- Paper Plane (Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Odd Society Mia Amata, Aperol, lemon);
- Flowers for Algernon (Odd Society Wallflower gin, St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, lavender, grapefruit, lemon);
- Powell St. Swizzle (Odd Society Oaken gin, Odd Society bittersweet vermouth, Rootside ginger beer, lime, bitters).
Rosé-All-Day Mondays at Tuc features a variety of pink wines beginning at $7.50 a glass and $25 a bottle.
Wines on offer include BC standouts like Bella Wines’ Buddha’s Blend Sparkling, Sperling Vineyards’ Organic Pinot Noir and Culmina Family Estate Winery’s Saignée, and international rosés such as Maison De Grand Esprit’s ‘L’être Magique’ (France) and Bodegas Trapiche’s ‘Astica’ Malbec (Argentina)
I tought all the dishes were light and refreshing but my favourites the Oceanwise Togarashi Tuna and Seafood Etouffee.
Tuc Craft Kitchen
60 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC