Vancouver search continues for SF hound
I am getting some great info but want to cross check.
So here goes:
Where is Fiction and what's the review(dinner)
Same on Chambar?(lunch or dinner)
Same on Legendary Noodle?(lunch)
The Ukranian Church on 10th&Main First Friday dinner?
Best Quality Sweets and Au Petite Cafe?(lunch)
If you had to choose between Aurora and Seb's for brunch what would it be?
What about Helen's Grill for same?
I will have lunch time pretty much on my own while SO "conferences".
We are thinking it's definite for Aurora Bistro and Cru.(And a return visit to Vij's and Bin 941).(dinner)
I plan a day to wander about Chinatown on my own. Any suggestions for dim sum(somewhat faint hearted) or other great places to eat in that district? We did enjoy Kirin on W. Georgia last visit.
Fiction :- 3162 West Broadway 604-736-7576
Chambar:- 562 Beatty Street 604-879-7119
Cru:- 1459 West Broadway 604-677-4111
I thought Fiction was a bit overpriced for their portions, the food was quite interesting and tasty, but even for 'tapas', the dishes are very small. Cru on the other hand offers more generous portions (still tapa sized), probably the same size as dishes at Bin941. Cru is a bit more upscale tho, but not the stuffy kind. I haven't personally been to Chambar, but I've heard really good things about them, however expect to be served by snobby staff, perhaps since they are the only Belgian restaurant in town (not sure if there are any other), and it is extremely difficult to book a table.
While I can't comment on the restaurants you've mentioned in your post, I would strongly suggest visiting Mondo Gelato while in Vancouver. They have several locations and really good gelato! I've included a link to their website so you can check them out. Cheers!
Chinatown in Vancouver's somewhat of an underwhelming food destination, considering that the city's better Chinese restaurants are actually elsewhere in the city, and specifically Richmond (south of downtown Vancouver) which is almost considered a modern day Chinatown. Not to say that Chinatown's not worthy of a visit - for an hour or half an hour, yes, but for a day? No. Have you considered spending part of that day in Richmond? There have been many posts in the past about the Chinese cuisine in Richmond.
A person can't *wander around* Richmond without a car and an endless supply of patience-a parking spot in your back pocket is a great help as well.
It's typical North American *land-o-malls* with strip malls, mega malls, old malls, new malls, run down about to be renovated malls, malls within malls.
It's difficult to think of a less appealing destinations for visitors.
You'll do fine in Downtown Vancouver without braving the boredom of suburbia.
re: Sam Salmon
Exactly. My logic was that, since he's from San Francisco, which is famous for its Chinatown, a day spent in Vancouver's Chinatown might be underwhelming. It's certainly a fascinating neighbourhood, as it's the roots of Vancouver's first Chinese community. As a result, it has some of Vancouver's oldest and most unique architecture (in my opinion). It also holds onto that old world Chinatown atmosphere, with produce stalls, open air dry goods, hanging BBQ duck, and a handful of trinket shops. There are a few restaurants and cafes, but not as many as one would expect.
I guess I'm trying to say that, as a restaurant destination, it's really not representative of Vancouver's immense Chinese cuisine scene. And if you're coming from San Francisco, with an even larger and more-impressive Chinatown, why not explore other Chinese neighbourhoods unique to Vancouver that you probably don't have in San Francisco.
I mentioned Richmond as a destination because it's easy to access from downtown Vancouver by bus (take the 98-B-Line to Richmond Centre... get off at the Aberdeen stop - the stops are well-marked and are announced over a speaker), and it offers more if you plan to spend an entire day exploring.
If you go for dim sum and then spend a few hours exploring Aberdeen Centre (www.aberdeencentre.com), Yaohan Centre, Parker Place (www.parkerplace.com), etc, you also have access to the abundant Hong Kong and Taiwanese street food that's lacking in Chinatown.
In addition, I've read several tales where Chowhounds are coming from San Francisco, or Seattle, or even New York, and go out of their way to go to Richmond to sample a few restaurants, or even the Richmond Public Market food fair. It's more of a food destination than Chinatown right now, especially for Chinese cuisine.
I should also mention, the bus ride between downtown Vancouver and Richmond's "Aberdeen stop" on No 3 Road takes about half an hour. This is from somebody who has taken that bus frequently.
Here are some posts that will give you a better idea of what there is in terms of dim sum and food options:
And finally, I should mention that Richmond's Asian restaurants, shops and malls take up a large portion of the Richmond's city centre, so things are quite spread out. However, Parker Place is a few steps down the road from Aberdeen, which is across the street from President's Plaza, which is a stroll down the road from Yaohan, with restaurants and shops all in between. The architecture (with exception to Aberdeen) is nothing to write home around, and there's certainly no neighbourly atmosphere in that part of Richmond...
. but with that in mind, I'd certainly tack it on as a must-see foodie attraction.