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Primal Eats Vancouver: Olive & Anchor

January 24, 2013

Olive-&-Anchor-Anchor-Burger

Previously, I had only ever grabbed take-out from this Horseshoe Bay Restaurant. I enjoyed the food, so I was excited when the opportunity came up to dine in. I was pleasantly surprised by the cozy interior and the family friendly atmosphere. There were several large families enjoying dinner together. Everyone I interacted with was super friendly and welcoming.

Olive-&-Anchor-Calamari

My friend ordered some calamari (with Tzatziki, chipotle aioli, cucumber sunomono, mixed onions, lemon), which was good, and I had the Anchor Burger (1/2 lb Certified Angus beef, dry cured bacon, aged cheddar cheese, portabellini mushroom, butter lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, signature burger sauce) with yam fries (gluten-free, they use rice flour). The burger was juicy and tasty. The portabello mushroom was a nice touch and the yam fries were great – I don’t get to have those as often as I’d like.

Olive-&-Anchor-Macarons

The dessert special was macarons. We ordered them, but I was mighty skeptical, as I’ve become somewhat of a macaron snob. To my surprise, they were decent. Not in the ranks of Soirette, Thomas Haas, or Faubourg, but they were a quite enjoyable “cookie.” Most importantly, they weren’t overly sweet. The finesse of a well-made macaron wasn’t there, but they exceeded my somewhat low expectations.

I like this place. Pleasant atmosphere and service, and good, reasonably priced casual eats.

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