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I am going to be in Vancouver city, BC for three nights and in northern Vancouver Island for about a week. Looking for recomendations for great seafood, wine and just food in general?


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  1. If you have the budget for a splurge, do not miss West. Arguably the finest restaurant in North America. If you have a little less than a splurge in you, they do an early prix fixe before 6PM that offers 3 each entrees, appies and desserts and will save you a bunch of bucks while still delivering the whole West experience. The room, service and of course the food are all exquisitely good.

    1. groovin gourmet and i always agree on this. Go to West if you want the definitive Vancouver experience. Get the tasting menu or even request a custom meal off the menu. Ive done it numerous times and always had a near perfect experience.

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      1. re: formerlyfingers

        I will definitely make it to west, but I am a college student so as for the rest of the trip I will need to eat like one, though I have enough money to stay away from fast food(far away). Any rec's for where I could go on Vancouver Island.

        1. re: Maser101

          Tofino, to be sure, because it's natural and it's beautiful and dramatic and you can spend the day having a memorable experience for nothing at all. Or if you don't mind spending a bit you can take one of the whale watching zodiak tours. If you've spent wisely you can splurge on dinner at the Wichaninnish which is first class food in a dining room that has ocean and forest views. In their "season" they pipe in the sounds of the storm's fury as they pound the coast. Truely memorable!

          1. re: Maser101

            I really need to catch up on my Vancouver posts and do a full report(I hope to do so this weekend), but as a college student, I wouldn't necessarily spend my limited funds on West...I had high expectations but was somewhat disappointed. One of the dishes I had there was the salmon, and it was somewhat overcooked. Good, but definitely not amazing. The oysters were great, but I am sure there are other, less expensive places for nice raw oysters in Vancouver....and the dessert was pretty unexciting chocolate cake...OTOH, I loved Chambar and it had a much more entertaining vibe if that matters (West was quiet, which was fine for me, but then I am over 50)...

            1. re: susancinsf

              Just as a reality check since I am still behind on posts: just got the credit card bill and with the (not very favorable) exchange rate, our dinner with tax and tip was $230 (US), and we had the early bird specials! (though also had two cocktails, some oysters, and a decent but not mind-blowing bottle of wine). So, no, on reflection, definitely not worth the price, and I certainly could never afford meals at that range in college...

              1. re: susancinsf

                I was confused here I think, or just travelling too much, as, while I don't have my notes, hubby confirms what I remember now, which is that it was two *half* bottles of wine and one cocktail...but price was indeed about $230 US ($250 Canadian)...in any case, it was the food that I remember and that didn't really impress. here is my report:


        2. On the weekend, for lunch, try the Urban Thai buffet, for $10.99. You still order off the menue. Fabulous

          1. Thanks for all the rec's Im in victoria now.

            1. Thanks everyone for your help. Just got home in L.A., and to say the least miss the sea food.
              Chow on my brothers and sisters,

              1. Last month I too made my first trip to Vancouver and must say that I was disappointed with some of the lackluster meals recommended on the Vancouver boards. I saw this article in the Times today and it suggested some new spots that may be helpful to traveling foodies.


                Their recommended restaurants include:
                CHEN’S SHANGHAI RESTAURANT 8095 Park Road (No. 3 Road), Richmond; (604) 304-8288.

                GUU WITH GARLIC 1698 Robson Street (Bidwell Street), Vancouver; (604) 685-8678.

                MAENAM 1938 West Fourth Avenue (Cypress Street), Vancouver; (604) 730-5579.

                MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES at the Shangri-La Hotel, 1128 West Georgia Street (Thurlow Street), Vancouver; (604) 689 1120.

                THE POURHOUSE 162 Water Street (Cambie Street), Vancouver; (604) 568-7022.

                REFUEL NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT & BAR 1944 West Fourth Avenue (Cypress Street), Vancouver; (604) 288-7905.

                SHANGHAI RIVER 110-7831 Westminster Highway (No. 3 Road), Richmond; (604) 233-8885.

                SUN SUI WAH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 3888 Main Street (23rd Avenue), Vancouver; (604) 872-8822.

                TOJO’S 1133 West Broadway (Willow Street), Vancouver; (604) 872-8050.

                VIJ’S 1480 West 11th Avenue (Granville Street), Vancouver; (604) 736-6664.

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                  1. re: JonathansWorldlyEats

                    Forgive me JWE, but I'm at a loss trying to understand your point. Being from central California and one who tries to visit Vancouver at least every other year, I've had nothing but stellar recommendations from the local hounds on the board. In fact, the places on the NYT article's list that you refer to have been discussed extensively over the past five years (with the exception of Maenam which is new, and ReFuel, which is a transformation), how you perceive the rest of them as "new" doesn't make sense.

                    1. re: JonathansWorldlyEats

                      I would definitely add Kirin in Richmond to this list. I think it's better quality than sun sui wah now.