Sometimes the fun of attending a media event keep going even after the event is ended. After a Japanese sake event in Yaletown, I stayed in the neighbourhood and went for drinks with my fellow food bloggers, Maggi from Vieamaggi, Areta from Foodgressing, James from Hello Vancity, Hanson from Nosh and Nibble, and Raymond from Raymond’s Sushi Adventure. And this time we followed Maggi’s passionate recommendation of Per Se Social Corner for their attractive happy hour menu, on which you could find $5 house wine, $5 beers and cider, $5 appetizers and $5 off pizza between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm.
Per Se has taken over the location of the former Subeez, where I used to hang out all the time when I first moved to Downtown more than 10 years ago. It’s hard to feel crowded here because of the 7000-sqft open concept and dramatic high ceilings. The interiors are chic and tastefully designed. For food and beverages, the restaurant seems to have incorporated some of the most popular social house concepts here: coffee house, pizzeria, and tapas bar.
We first tried the Pinche chips ($5), a tall pile of thin Kennebec potato chips dressed in a Valentina salsa. The chips tasted just as incredible as they looked, flavourful and crispy, and the salsa made a great compliment with the zesty lime flavour. We could barely finish half of the chips and ended up having the rest packed up to go.
And we couldn’t pass up the $5 off any pizza deal for the happy hour. Their tradizionale Flour+Water pies are freshly made to order, but with quite the range of international twists.
The Drunken Goat ($14) was probably the most traditional one among the pizzas we got, topped with tomato sauce, goat cheese, fior di latte, parmigiano, feta, gorgonzola, and drizzles of balsamic glaze. It was rich with all the cheese but well balanced with the flavours from tomato and balsamic.
The Kimcello ($16) was supposed to be Korean-inspired with the use of kimchi, mushroom, and beef bulgogi. Although I could barely taste kimchi, the heartiness from beef and mushroom did provide the comfort of eating pizza.
The Tuna Tartare ($17) did sound awfully strange to me when they put raw tuna, lettuce avocado on an oven baked plain pizza. Hmm, I think the chef just decided to grab 2 of the most popular food trends in Vancouver – poké and Neapolitan pizza and make a dish out of them. But it tasted better than I expected, with the familiar Asian flavours such as Japanese mayo and sesame oil.
The quality and the value of the food at Per Se Social Corner makes the happy hour deal a sweet one. I was quite impressed with the Pinche Chips and the variety of freshly made pizzas. And if you feel like staying at one destination after work for a TGIF evening, this might be the place with the massive open space and cool ambience here.
Website and menu: