I’ve heard good things about Nook so for dinner, N wanted Italian so I suggested we give them a try. They have three other locations in town (Kitsilano, downtown (West End) and North Vancouver). Didn’t realize they also run Tavola and Oddfish. This one is located close to Ophelia Kitchen and The Flying Pig.
We dropped in on a Friday evening (around 7:00pm) and it was packed. Write your name on the wait list. Luckily, we only waited about 20 minutes to grab a table. I will give them props for not rushing you once you’ve been seated. Service is friendly and they’re constantly coming by to refill waters. Food also comes out surprisingly fast.
The menu consists of salad, crostini, antipasto, house made pastas and pizza. Of course, there’s a drink menu too.
There was also several specials up on the boards.
They dropped off a bottle of chili oil and chili flakes for the table.
Aperol spritz ($13.00)
Aperol and prosecco.
Bombay gin and kombucha. Didn’t find this good at all. Barely tasted any ‘booch. A waste of $ if you ask me.
Arugula, hazelnuts, pecorino and beets. Salad was decent but something you could make at home. Small portion.
Housemade sausage, fennel and rapini. Sounded great on paper but flavours were bland. N thought it needed salt. We used the chili oil to add some flavour.
The rapini was mushy and we didn’t taste any fennel. Again, a small bowl of pasta for the price.
Baby meatballs in a tomato sauce. This was the best dish that we ordered. Gnocchi was soft and pillowy. Meatballs were moist and flavourful.
Don’t get the hype on Nook. Pricey, average Italian food.
195 West 2nd Avenue