The Folke plant-based restaurant is 1,400-square-feet of country chic in the heart of Kitsilano. The new spot offers an array of unique rustic sharing plates that highlight fresh produce and grains from BC-based farms. The interiors are gorgeous yet simple. The walls are rich deep ocean blue, the beautifully stained wood is complementary to the impressive wine wall, and the seaweed art is by local artist Dana Mulder.

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The Duo Behind Folke

Founders chef-owner Colin Uyeda (Kissa Tanto, Pilgrimme), and pastry chef-owner Pricilla Deo (Queen Charlotte Lodge) offer a family-style setting with a menu that promises to change frequently. We love that there will be something new to catch your attention and try, no matter how often you visit!

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Patrons are encouraged to sit at the kitchen to observe the owners in their element/

The beverage program features unique local BC wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and mocktails crafted with housemade sodas. Ask your server for recommendations; as we learned, Spanish-style cider is not your usual bubbly, sweet fruity beverage.

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Make reservations during busy times to ensure your seat is waiting!

We visited for the afternoon patio service from 3pm to 5pm, which we imagine will continue until Mother Nature makes it impossible! The afternoon Snack menu was simple – five tasting style plates – and a selection of beverages.

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Gin cocktail with apricot and sparkling wine. Not too sweet and made us lament the passing of apricot season!
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Grilled bread stuffed with multi-grain porridge serviced with side of sunchoke miso for dipping and spreading.
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Pickles with daikon and carrots and a touch of Kimchi. A wonderful pairing with the porridge bread.
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Crispy chickpea tofu with gomae base and crudite. Housemade and brilliant silky inside, the chickpea tofu was a delight with a swipe of gomae.
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Roasted corn with sourdough and maple glaze. Your server will encourage you to use your fingers to nibble these curled corn ‘fingers.’ The corn was firm and easily pulled from the cob.
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Sunflower croquettes with spring onion dip. Subbing out rice for soaked sunflower seeds, the croquettes have a nutty crunch and are smooth inside.

The restaurant’s ‘hospitality included’ style of service is unique and refreshing in a culinary scene that is already pricy and expects a 20%+ gratuity. Inspired by the European hospitality model, all staff receive a healthy salary with benefits while promoting a cohesive working environment and aims to create fairness between the front and back-of-house staff.

For those who cannot decide between all the tasty tasting plates, try the Tasting Menu which consists of the chef’s choice of courses and dessert.

Folke Restaurant is open Thursday to Monday from 3pm to 11pm.

All visit photography for this story by Helen Siwak.

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Helen Siwak, Luxury Lifestyle Observer
Helen Siwak, Luxury Lifestyle Observer
Helen Siwak is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Communications, publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, and multiple digital lifestyle blogs. She is a content creator, consultant, and marketing and media strategist in the luxury lifestyle niche. She is a regular content contributor to Retail-Insider and has a vast freelance portfolio including Boulevard English & Chinese editions, Indulge, and Montecristo Magazine. When not attending high-profile events in Vancouver's 'Luxury Zone’ or on assignment abroad, she is honing her plant-based cooking skills and caring for her rescues. helen@ecoluxluv.com
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