The Burrard Public House has been open for over six months now on St. John’s Street in Port Moody and it looks like they have found the recipe for success in my book. Completely renovated and new in the old Jake’s Pub location, The Burrard is not recognizable once you step inside unless you factor in the ownership. The Burrard is owned and run by a ‘brothers and sisters-in-law’ team made up of Damir, Darlene, Anna and Luka. The family foursome has spared no expense and applied a keen eye to their vision of making The Burrard a classy pub with an emphasis on dark wood with chrome and glass accents. The rich panelling and relaxed lighting make for an almost fine dining look but with a casual flair – I certainly didn’t feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable and I enjoyed the atmosphere. In speaking with Darlene she mentioned how The Burrard is a pub that doubles as a Port Moody restaurant in some respects and that is a pretty accurate description of the feel.
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I ordered the Short Rib Sandwich with fries and I was glad I did. I was treated to a generous beef rib on a large ciabatta bun with caramelized onion, cheddar and beef jus – delicious. The baking at The Burrard is delivered daily by La Baguette et L’Échalote of Granville Island and that is in line with their “always fresh, not frozen” dedication. Chef Andy (recently of Steamworks in Gastown) has committed to sustainable, fresh ingredients across the board and likes to source locally as well.
The focus on local sourcing is also true of the BC VQA wines on the list and in the state-of-the-art wine dispensing system. The Burrard boasts a 12 bottle nitrogen wine dispensing system that allows each pour to be as good as the first one – enjoy seven reds and five whites sold by the glass. There are 12 beer taps, two of which are ‘rotating taps’ with feature beers. I chose a beer flight of four 5oz beers in order to sample a couple of new beers and catch up with an old favourite. Like the BC wines available, and the stock in the attached cold beer and wine store, the approach is local with craft beers from BC featured.
Events to Check Out
I visited The Burrard Public House on a Saturday for lunch and took in a soccer match but there are events on many evenings that I’d like to check out. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings feature a DJ (reservations are recommended) and some space is cleared for a dance floor. If the DJ is not your style or you are hoping for a quieter place to chat, the pub is set up with an impressive sound system that allows for control of sound levels in all areas and that leaves the back area relatively quiet. On Wednesday nights you can drop in for Poker Night starting at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome and they’d like to see some new players.
To stay up to date with this Port Moody restaurant’s events, menus and daily specials, check out their Facebook page/burrardpub.
The Burrard Public House
2414 St. Johns Street, Port Moody