Gastown’s Blood Alley has a bit of a bad reputation. Perhaps its the name? Perhaps its the junkies? Well other than the name there isn’t much to be worried about. Blood Alley is actually a really nice cobble-stoned alley that feels more like Old Town Montreal than downtown Vancouver, and about half way down there is a brand new joint called Salt.
Salt has a giant communal table on one side at which I’ve had a number of conversations with perfect strangers over the course of dinner. Dinner is a selection of 3 cheeses and meats, and 3 condiments, and the menu is written in chalk on the wall. Last year in Quebec City I discovered that restaurants who hand write thier menu sloppily on chalkboards make tastier food than ones who don’t. Anyway, for those who will still never venture down blood alley, here’s what it looks like: