Dining Out: Brewtopia offers dinner and a movie in one place



Why: What would Cinetopia be if not paired with a full service restaurant? The theater itself, which offers four different viewing environments, is most certainly the finest movie experience in Washington, but without Brewtopia, it would fall short of president of Cinetopia Rudyard Coltman’s vision of the ultimate theater.

Brewtopia is on the top level of the Westfield Vancouver Mall, offering a basic menu with enough selections in each category to satisfy everyone in the family. Other than food and wine, Brewtopia stocks 40 different brews that include lager, IPA, stout, porter, wheat, pale ale, amber, brown, cider and a couple of dessert brews, as well as gluten-free and nonalcoholic options.

Atmosphere: The restaurant blends classy and modish with a futuristic thread, creating a relaxing ambiance in the midst of an entertainment-charged atmosphere. A dark color palate of black, gray and blue is adorned with metallic sparkle and fiber-optic lighting elements.

Behind the bar, the wall displays a grid of boxes — some showcase décor elements and others are screens, each playing something different to watch. Opposite the restaurant’s entrance, a movie screen that is virtually the width of the restaurant plays previews of upcoming movies. A fire pit feature below the screen offers comfortable seating for lounging. Booths offer a more intimate dining experience and tables and chairs flanked by an upholstered wall bench allow diners the full Brewtopia sensation.

What I tried: I decided on the Carlton Farms Pork Chop entrée and my dining companion settled on the BBQ burger with fries. We also sampled the hummus plate from the appetizer selections.

In addition to hummus, our appetizer consisted of grape tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, pickled onions, kalamata olives and pita triangles. The hummus was among the best I’ve had. It was pleasantly smooth without an overwhelming garlic presence. Every element on the plate was fresh and flavorful.

The pork chop takes 40 minutes to get to the table (of which I was informed by our server when I placed my order), a bit long, but well worth the wait. The chop is cider-glazed and cooked to perfection — juicy, lean, tender and absolutely delicious. A savory apple bread pudding provides a scrumptious pairing for the chop. Other than the flavor, I especially enjoyed the dense, silky texture that offered a few bits of solid ingredients, bringing some added delight to every bite. A generous amount of sweet Washington apple chutney accompanies the dish, as well as a colorful vegetable medley prepared julienne style, with a fresh garden crunch left on the vegetables.

My dining companion enjoyed his BBQ burger, which is topped with smoked cheddar, Dead Guy BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato. He noted that the burger showcased the quality of the Kobe blend beef patty used to create it.

Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert but the Sticky Toffee Pudding, an English-style dense cake made with figs and drizzled with toffee along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and the Raspberry Lemon Meringue, a double-layer lemon cake with fresh raspberries covered with lemon meringue, sounded very good, as did all the other desserts.

Among the other entrees, the chicken and dumplings and the Painted Hills Pub Steak served over whipped potatoes and drizzled with a balsamic red wine reduction, sounded appetizing.

Pizzas, sandwiches, salads and a soup of the day are also on the menu.

Other observations: Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was excellent and we also enjoyed the unique atmosphere of Brewtopia, a welcome one-of-a-kind place in Clark County.

Most of the items on the Brewtopia menu may be ordered up to 10 minutes before showtime in the living room theaters and movie parlor.

Cost: Appetizers range from $6.95 to $14.95. Most of the salads are available in a half or full size and cost $4.95 to $9.95. Sandwiches and Burgers are $9.95 to $11.95. Pizza can be ordered by-the-slice or whole for $4.95 to $29.95. Entrees are $12.95 to $19.95. All desserts are $7.95.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Telephone: 360-448-4100.

Where: 8500 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver

Health score: Brewtopia has received a pre-opening inspection and is scheduled to receive a routine inspection in the near future. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants that score 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.