So we booked a table at Raw Canvas because it bills itself as a "tapas" restaurant. My husband has a smallish appetite and likes to peck; mine is more substantial.
At first glance we loved the place; lots of outsider art on the walls, recycled furniture. A cute waiter with a beard. We didn't fancy painting but maybe some other night, right?
But the love ended when we were presented the menus. Two big ones for drinks, and a tiny one for food. See, contrary to what we'd expected, Raw Canvas isn't "small plates" dining, it's small PLATE dining. As in one item on the menu, singular. Basically, your option is a charcuterie selection. Granted, you have lots of fine choices for the meats, cheeses and sides, but apart from a couple of side orders of olives and a few desserts, that's it. There is ONE THING on the menu.
Now I like me a nice bit of charcuterie as much as the next guy, but going out for dinner and then finding your options limited to basically a plate of bar nibbles left me feeling the place was a fraud. By this time it was also starting to grate that there are five tables in the place; two enormous ones, a 6top and a couple of 4tops. Since we were neither a large group, a 4 or a 6, we got stuck halfway down a communal table next to a couple of shrieking "Oh my god" and "like, totally"-type girls. At least there were two places between them and us; if the place had been full I'd have committed assault after listening to that racket for thirty minutes.
So unlike a tapas restaurant - where you just order plate after plate until you've had your fill - Raw Canvas is essential a place with five tables, a huge space for crafts, and one dish on the menu. The beer, the cheeses and the meat were tasty, but after shelling out $68.00 for two, we still ended up heading to Rasoee on Robson for a rib-sticking curry.
And to top off an already unpleasant evening, we literally crossed paths with one of the Surgically Modified Shrieking Harpies, aka the Real Housewives of Vancouver, as we exited. Ick.
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