The Fat Badger
Got a chance to visit the newly opened Fat Badger, the gastropub concept that opened in the former Le Gavroche space on Alberni.
The menu has tasty takes on most of the British classics you might expect. The menu, written on chalkboards along the wall which I'm guessing means they will be making regular changes, is divided into "Bar Snacks", "Starters", "Mains" and "Desserts".
We tried mini yorkies with roast beef and gravy, the chicken tikka masala and paneer on chips (British poutine!), the fish & chips with mushy peas (ling cod), the welsh rarebit (perhaps not the best choice after our multiple fried courses). Everything but the fish was considered a "bar snack" though they were reasonably sizeable dishes so I'm not sure what a starter would look like.
The food was very good - the chips exceptionally proper thick-cut chips. Next time, I think we will order some of the lighter dishes (saw spot prawn cocktail and whiskey-cured salmon) so I have room for delicious toffee-y British desserts.