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“Good tapas”
Review of Sardine Can

Sardine Can
Ranked #383 of 3,871 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Gastown
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Although this place can get very busy, we visited on a Sunday around 5 pm and were the only patrons. We started with prunes wrapped in ham and the sardines on toasted baguette. Both very tasty although the ham was chewier than I had expected. The second round of plates was pork cheek casserole and a nice dish of spicy chorizo. I paired it with a glass of cabernet and my friend chose the "poor man's sangria", which is red wine and orange soda (it was nice.)

We ordered both desserts on the menu: Chocolate terrine with peppers and drizzled in olive oil plus a lovely creme caramel. Both were delicious.

Service was attentive due to the fact we were the only customers! My friend had been before and said even when it was busy, the service had been very good and friendly.

The only downside was the bill. For a similar tapas meal in Spain, the bill would have been half of what we paid. It actually caused a sharp intake of breath when I saw it because for that price we could have both had a full meal at numerous other nice restaurants. So be careful when ordering!

Nonetheless, the quality of the food and service was very good.

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Thank Weej1967
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We started with the burrata and grilled peaches - what a fantastic way to start, their spicy chicken brochettes were delicious, as well as the champiniones and patatas bravas. The octupus was almost over cooked, but still had a mostly good texture and they have a nice little wine selection that goes well with their menu choices. Well worth a visit, plan to stay and enjoy the passers by and general fun ambiance in the restaurant. We'd go back to discover some other gems on their menu.

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Thank danrobe2007
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We have now been to The Sardine Can twice and enjoyed it even more the second time.
With seats for about 20 people or so they have some amazing stuff on the "tapas" menu.
Smoked Sardines on toast are outstanding with the very amazing Olive Oil they bring in. ( we bought a bottle for $10 and love it)
Another appy has Hummus, candied nuts and spicy olives, served with delicious "Terra" bread for $7.50.
If you like tapas from Spain you will love this very cool "Hole in the Wall" in Gastown.

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Thank tedsexcellentmusic
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I would like to think of my self as someone who enjoys the spoils of fantastic food, yet does not have the foody snobbery. This restaurant was a perfect match. If you love true Spanish style tapas and a friendly environment you will love the Sardine Can.

Their server staff knows a tone about how to pair food and drink for the most enjoyable meal. This is a great place to go with friends to enjoy a social meal with a few fantastic drinks.

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Thank Robertwkemp
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you want a real cosy tapas with being in the kitchen feel then check this out. It only seats about 30 and its walk in only. You can queue via the chalk board while you have a drink up the street or jus wait and have a drink. The staff are great an friendly and the food is just awesome - try the ham wrapped stuffed prunes, the best !

Thank C1613
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