I will be visiting Vancouver for the first time next month with a friend who spent his college years there, and whose family lives there now. Unfortunately, though he's daring and likes to eat, he's not very exploratory. I worry I may not experience the scope of Vancouver's culinary greatness, which I've heard so much about. Any suggestions for eats would be much appreciated. Any cuisine, any cost.
Also, since I'll be staying at the home of my friend's family, I would like to know of a restaurant where I should treat them to dinner, in order to reciprocate their generosity. Something classy, not pretentious, and appropriate for septuagenarians.
For the evening out with the old folks, try the Fish House in Stanley Park. Great chef there with many interesting menu items, something to please everyone. Nice setting, too, located right in the park. Not as pretentious as some of the other higher end restaurants around town.
Best two I know of:
Dim Sum at Floata, in Richmond (buy a map). Don't miss the Peking Duck.
Novelle Indian at Vij's off South Granville. No reservations, so call and find out when they open, skip or go light on lunch, and get there early. There's a tenderloin dish that is out of this world.