Adding gourmet ingredients to a meal makes a commonplace activity feel special, much like brushing your teeth with a sparkler or withdrawing money from an ATM while holding it at gunpoint. Keep the excitement alive with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of dinner fare and drinks at the Gramercy Grill, located on Arbutus Street.
Sporting a diverse menu of locally sourced, grass-fed, and wild products, the Gramercy Grill is an intimate neighbourhood bistro ideal for amorous outings and platonic proceedings. Turn taste buds into fully bloomed taste flowers with the ratatouille and goat’s cheese crumble appetizer ($12), a grilled baguette topped with roasted eggplant, red pepper, zucchini, and goat cheese. Other menu items include a paunch placating beef carpaccio ($12) prepared with truffle puree oil, fried capers, and newly beardless parmesan; an abdomen appeasing mushroom tart ($12) stuffed with herbed goat cheese and balsamic caramel; and a braised lamb shank ($26) complimented with butternut squash puree, pickled celery, carrot compote, and cabernet jus.
The hardwood interior and top-hat wearing televisions lend a sophisticated atmosphere to the dining room, and open-air enthusiasts can enjoy their comestibles on the balcony. Dinner begins daily at 5:00 p.m. Groupon holders must call ahead to make reservations.