Visiting Vancouver week of 14 May 2001
In Vancouver, B.C., the leading sushi restaurant is Tojos. A reservation is usually essential. Though I've not been there, another Chowhound recommended a new Japanese restaurant, EN, upstairs at 11th and Granville. For Indian food, go to Vijs. Phnom Penh, a Cambodian/Vietnamese restaurant, is a personal favorite. Dont miss the garlic pepper squid (Grandmas recipe). For French cuisine, Lumiere is the place to go. Since youre interested in seafood, someone may recommend going to C. Dont go. In fact, if someone recommends C, Id disregard any and all other restaurant recommendations he or she may make.
Hope this reaches you in time. I have lived in Calgary a long time and hope these recommendations fit the bill. Dim Sum @ the Silver Dragon in Chinatown. Metropolitan Grill in Mount Royal (good food, good night life), Tandori Hut in Kensington for East Indian. Fianlly the Grizzley House in Banff and the Banff Springs a must.
For the best crab ever, try Banana Leaf, a Malaysian restaurant. It's on Broadway. I go there often with my boyfriend, and we always order the same things: one chili crab, roti canai (bread/pancake appetizer that comes with curry sauce for dipping) and coconut rice steamed in a banana leaf. It's a wonderful meal, and just the right amount of food.
As is mentioned elsewhere, Tojo's is terrific, but pricey. Go for the omikase (Tojo picks what you eat.) We chose the $75 option, but the $50 would have been just fine. He sends out lots of little courses, some cooked food, some sushi. It's great.
Those, along with Sun Sui Wah for dim sum, are my favorites. Enjoy, and let us know if you find anything new and fantastic.