Verdura Salads (2509 Main Street) has just launched in the heart of Mount Pleasant, and it specializes in elevated salad creations.
Previously occupied by Baguette & Co., the 1,600-square-foot space has been completely transformed into a garden oasis. Designed by Ply Architecture (Joe Pizza, Juke Fried Chicken), it features plenty of hanging greenery and wooden elements to create a simple but welcoming atmosphere.
The salad spot’s branding is done by local studio Glasfurd & Walker (Ask for Luigi, Kissa Tanto, Beta 5), creating a minimalist but elegant vibe.
Trevor Griffin, owner and chef at Verdura, emphasizes that his food establishment differs from others in the city because they use higher end products.
“We do a lemon ricotta cream on the bottom of our bowls, which feature a buffalo ricotta base with thyme and herb,” said Griffin to the Straight in an interview at his new restaurant. “Those are in my mind the best.”
Guests will be able to find salad creations from three categories: warm, vegetable, and leafy. Some of the most popular picks include rustic mushroom and spinach (seasonal mushrooms, vine ripened tomato, Terra Breads stecca, medium poached egg) and roasted beet and French lentil (Du Puy french lentils, almonds, arugula, lemon ricotta).
If you feel like choosing your own ingredients and salad base, check out the build-your-own salad bar. Customize everything from greens to toppings, and proteins to dressings.
Other menu highlights include zucchini and carrot cake oatmeal, lemon chicken orzo soup, coconut chocolate peanut drops, panna cotta, and a deconstructed cannoli.
Drink options range from Dickie’s ginger beers and Oddity Kombuchas, both of which will be on tap. Nectar Juicery’s cold pressed juices will also be available.
Because we live in Vancouver, Verdura will cater to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets.
Griffin, a Whole Foods veteran, tells the Straight that he will use as many local products as possible. Of course, some of ingredients will be imported, such as Italian gourmet cheese.
“I’m hoping [Verdura] will bring a level of excitement toward dining for salads,” he added. “We still try to keep with a good price point.”
Scroll through the photos below for a first look inside the new salad spot.