This week I had the pleasure of attending the media preview of UBC’s newest dining establishment, “Perch“. I was excited to head out to UBC and learn about this sustainable, not-for-profit restaurant located atop the new AMS student union building.
The building itself is quite beautiful, with plenty of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, wood accents, and open-concept design. It seems like a great a place to catch up on some studies or grab a bite to eat. Perch is located on the top floor and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lower floors of the building. It has a beautiful patio area, perfect for soaking up the sun on a warm Fall day like the ones we have been experiencing lately in Vancouver.
I hit the bar of course and thoroughly enjoyed the “Mexican Birdseed” cocktail. It was tequila-based (something I usually don’t like) but it definitely hit the spot!
There were plenty of canapes to try, all beautifully presented. There were pork belly, chicken, duck and tuna selections but I stuck to the veggie options which included wild rice ‘fries’ and a roasted corn soup. The fries were unreal- I’m not sure how Chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson made wild rice taste this incredible. I could eat a million of these! The soup was very flavourful and I loved the charred corn in it.
Manager Terry Hayashi spoke about the high standards that Perch holds itself to, in terms of sustainability and buying local. Its not just about ingredients for the kitchen, but sourcing other menu items like beer from local, sustainable craft breweries and even the materials used in building Perch (think solar-power, and certified wood products, among many other things).
One of my favourite aspects of the sustainable/local concept was….the roof top garden!! Yes, there is a beautiful little garden growing everything from kale and tomatoes to edible flowers and swiss chard that can all be used in the Perch kitchen. The garden is run and maintained by Roots on The Roof.
Additionally, Perch is 100% Ocean Wise certified. All meats are organic and ethically-sourced. Coffee at Perch is organic and fair-trade. The effort and commitment to sustainability at Perch is commendable; you can see it everywhere you look.
The space (including the garden) can be rented out for private catered events, too. The dining hours at Perch are 11am-830pm Tuesday – Saturday. You can find Perch at 6133 University Boulevard, UBC Student Union Building, Vancouver, B.C.