Bodega on Main opened in 2015 and is a fresh new take on Vancouver’s Spanish restaurants. La Bodega closed down a few years ago and the son of one of the original partners has opened this restaurant up to bring back a Spanish flair to the restaurant scene.
Bodega on Main is located on Main Street a few blocks from the Skytrain station. I came here after work with my coworkers to celebrate a great 2015.
We came right at 5pm, so it wasn’t too busy yet. The restaurant is quite dim, so it really creates a lovely intimate mood inside.
The bar near the back has an old rustic charm, which I thought was pretty awesome.
The menu is nicely folded up, but when you open it, the huge menu will be revealed. If it’s your first time here, it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out what to order.
Sangria Pitcher was on special, so we got 2 pitchers for the table for the 7 of us. It’s essential to grab a few drink when you’re here. Since we came on a Sunday, it was their Sangria special for $20 a pitcher.
There are tons of fruits in the sangria, and it really helped make the sangria refreshing.
Filetes de Sardinas Ahumadas has soked sea salt cured sardine filets with fig jam on toast. It was a small size tapas but had delicious salty flavours.
Jambon Serrano is cured Spanish ham with olives. You can’t go wrong with cured meats.
Pisto Andaluz has stewed peppers, tomatoes, squash and onions. It was ok, but not that exciting.
Patatas Bravas are dad’s twice fried potatoes with a zesty dressing. Nice sauce on top but I wished it was more crisp and less soft.
Membrillo Y Queso is aged machego cheese and quince jelly.
Champinones are sauteed mixed mushrooms, garlic, sherry, and finely grated aged manchego. You need to order this.
These croquettes that I can’t remember their official name was really good. Delicious aioli to accompany it too.
Grilled Octopus was very delicious and tender. So good! I could have kept eating this.
Tortilla Espanola is a traditional potato omelette that you should order! It’s actually really good.
Pimientos De Padron has blisted peppers and topped with maldon salt. Eating this dish is like playing Russian roulette, you never know which pepper is spicy. Very fun to pay with the whole table and it tastes good too.
Chorizo a la parrilla is grilled spicy pork sausage with some mustard on the side.
Churros are served with hot dipping chocolate and a vanilla mascarpone. SO addictive too.
Overall, Bodega on Main is a great place to drink and have small bites with friends. The main focus I felt was that its more of a drinking place and then secondary its the food. Since the menu is so large, its really hard to figure out what to order.
We rate Bodega on Main:
1014 Main Street, Vancouver