TAPSHACK Restaurant Review:
Restaurant, Location and appearance:
The place we went to was called Tapshack, and their mission was to bring our community together through great food and beverage, art and friendship, which I agree with it. The atmosphere was dim, and many people came to the restaurant to relax and enjoy their weekend. The restaurant was pretty small but comfy with a bar on the side for people to order drinks or enjoy their alone time. They also have TVs for sports lovers.
The Arrangement and Appearance in general:
The restaurant was arranged in a sports bar style with televisions displaying both hockey and Tennis. The restaurant had 4 to 5 medium sized tables and a big one for families. However, the tables were arranged in a way that to look Television or to look outside you must turn to sides. We also felt that the table arrangement was too close and space between rows could also be improved. Also, the chairs or stools were too high so that short people will have a problem sitting on them. But the chairs used for the big table is of adequate size. The restaurant was neat, and the tables were cleaned properly. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible and child-friendly. They also have tables and chairs for the elderly. The staffs are friendly and listen to guests and their needs and suggest food for who are confused with the menu
The cleanliness of the glasses and plates were medium because there was still some stain remained on the glass which was disgusting. Moreover, the service was okay because we had to wait a long time to get our food, and only two servers were serving the whole restaurant, which means customers will need to wait extra time for their food. For example when we saw the dish was ready at the counter but the servers just ignored and kept us waiting, which was annoying for impatient customers like me.
TAPSHACK Food Review (From Dine Out Menu):
Veggie Sandwich and Mashed Potato: The food I ordered was Halloumi veggie sandwich which is contains cucumber, avocado,tomato and special made hummus with a side of mashed potato. It was surprisingly tasty and nutritious. However, for their appetizer, they were having craft beer and wine, which was kind of disappointing for a non-alcohol lover. I Suggest them to have some sweets instead of alcoholic drinks to open up the customer’s appetite. The presentation of the dish was well organized; with three course we only paid for 15 dollars, therefore, it was worth the spending.
Red Wine, Cajun Chicken Burger and Sea Salted Fries: The meal with Red wine, Cajun Chicken burger and sea salted fries was delicious in overall. However,. There were no Non-Alcoholic aperitif choices available which were disappointing especially if you are non-alcoholic or want to have something to eat rather than drink.
Cajun Chicken Burger– a delicious chicken burger, perfectly cooked and plated. The chicken was cooked in sous vide oven and was perfectly seasoned, and the bun was also heated perfectly.
Sea Salted Fries- a well-fried bowl of fries was perfect in every way. Fried in the proper way that the fries were excellent and crispy where there was no excess oil in it at all. Fries were perfectly fried that no part was over fried, still was dry enough. The fries seem to be one made at the restaurant and not one which was bought from a supplier because of its thickness and appearance. The fries were served in an iron skillet, and that made the fries not to get soggy
The tap shack at Burrard Bridge is a restaurant and pub serving comfort foods mainly for the local customers who want to spend their evenings with friends and family. The restaurant is located under the Burrard bridge with a beautiful view of the water, and if you want to enjoy a new ambience and beautiful outside scenic views it is all provided here. The list of crafted beer was excellent. When we walk towards the restaurant there is a beautiful view of a berth were different types of boats are parked, this gave us a new experience. The location also helps to increase the ambience of the restaurant. It is a perfect spot for someone who wants to get away from busy city life.
Menu And Target Market:
The presentation of the dish was well organized and appealing, thus waiting was worth it. The best part about the menu was it was designed considering the wants and needs of the younger crowd so that they can enjoy the food they always prefer. It was full of pizza & burgers along with something that could be shared by the group. The restaurant is also focused more on quick service type and comfort foods. The menu was cheaply designed, without any pictures. There was no detailed description of the food, and this applies to both their Dine Out Vancouver menu and their original one. There were dots connecting the prices and food items which is not a good idea in the engineering menu. There were no desserts available which is a bummer.
The Menu (Dine Out):
The menu we had was as follow:-
Parallel 49 (craft lager)
Twin sails (Juice pale ale)
Backyard wine (Red/White)
(Hand-pressed daily, aged white cheddar, lettuce, caramelized onions, tomato, house mayo)
Cajun Chicken Burger
(Sous vide Cajun chicken, pulled bacon, lettuce, house mayo, avocado and tomato)
Halloumi Veg Sandwich
(Warm pita, seared halloumi cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, banana peppers, green goddess hummus, lemon) Vegetarian
Sea Salted Fries Vegetarian
Green Salad Vegetarian
Potato Salad Vegetarian
Tap Slaw Vegetarian
Social Media, Marketing and Promotion:
The social media presence of the restaurant is quite well, and it is quite responsive to its social media presence. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Facebook. The same for Instagram could be said as it has a little page over there, but it’s all positive and happy stories. The restaurant also gets a large number of private events which seems to be its forte. During the time spent there, it was fun and cheerful, so we would definitely recommend and go there again. Twitter account of the restaurant seems not commonly used; however, it had many announcements. Marketing is mainly through word of mouth because their target market is primarily the local people. Sports also play a significant role in their revenue. Sports lovers come to the restaurant during the game, and they socialize there for a long time which helps the restaurant to have additional income. Also, they have their official website where we can check out the events, their menu and all important things.
Sustainability Concerns and supporting the locals:
According to the founder, the restaurant is continuing to press the green restaurant operations. The TAPshack restaurant also supports local farmers by using locally grown products. They also support local artists and painters. They also claim of using locally sourced building materials to create their beautiful spaces. “ our love for everything local, starting with all the reclaimed and repurposed locally sourced building materials we use to create our breathtaking spaces”(words by founder). The menu is engineered by considering the ideas of ocean wise, and we can see the ocean wise logo beside the seafood items.
The food was as tasty as we expected and the quality of presentation was also similarly good. The most satisfying part of the entire night was the food. The quantity of food was excellent and filling all together it could be said that the fries were crispy and served in an iron skillet which kept it warm for a longer time, the burger buns were toasted to perfection and the patty made with exactly right ingredients which uplifted each other. The sandwich also was made in the same fashion and satisfying.
The vision behind Tap shack is to bring the community together with their food and beverage via their creativeness and craft.
There is also another setup of the brand called “Tap and Barrel” which is upscale fine dining owned by Mr. Daniel Frankel.
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