Salt Tasting Room
This unusual eatery off historic Blood Alley is trendy even for Gastown, with a bare-bones constellation of menu items changed daily and displayed on a giant chalkboard. Cobble together a personalized "tasting plate" from a selection of 10 cured meats, 10 artisanal cheeses, and 10 condiments for a different experience each visit. Design elements of exposed brick, unpolished wood, hanging light fixtures, and a communal table give it the look of an upscale cafeteria. The boutique wine and sherry selection can be customized into flights, and there's also sakes from BC and craft beers.