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Dec 27, 2006 03:44 PM

Vancouver questions

I find that I will be in Vancouver for one night, probably in June. I am a complete blank slate where this part of the world is concerned. I know absolutely nothing about it.

I will have one dinner, one breakfast, and maybe one lunch. (Dinner, at least, will be a party of 8.)

I dont really care for high end, dress-up-in-your-Sunday-go-to-meetin'-clothes, fine dining places, especially since I will be there for only one night and will be traveling very light. I much prefer casual, comfortable surroundings and local specialties.

So please help:

What do they do in Vancouver best? What do they do in Vancouver better that anyplace else? Where can I get these dishes?

I know that Vancouver has a Chinatown; Is anything particularly recommended for a guy coming from a city that doesnt have a Chinatown but has been to the ones in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and London?

Is there a good place to get poutine in Vancouver, or is this strictly an Eastern Canada thing?

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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  1. Don't go to Chinatown--go to Richmond, number 3 road. Sun Sui Wah or Kirin are good for dim sum and Chinese food.

    Tojos for japanese.

    Rodney's Oyster House.

    Blue Water for seafood.

    Hapa Izaka or Suri Bay or Guu for japanese izakaya.

    There are so many good restaurants, hard to name them all.

    1. I think what Vancouver does best is Chinese food, seafood and sushi.

      Stay away from Chinatown. It's merely a tourist photo-op at this point. The place to go is Richmond, where the airport is located. That's really where the Chinese community is based. Many times, you won't even see an English sign.

      Clost to No. 3 Rd, Fishermen's Terrace has great dim sum you order off a menu. It's on the third floor of Chinese mall Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way).

      Great for dinner is Shanghai River Restaurant. Serves Shanghai specialties like dumplings and fresh stretched noodles.
      110 - 7831 Westminster Hwy., Richmond Tel: 604-233-8885

      Both are casual. Service isn't high-end but is brisk and efficient.

      For sushi, try Shiru Bay Chopstick Cafe closer to downtown Vancouver, in Yaletown. Inventive, tasty and fresh! Casual and modern but not chi-chi at all.
      Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe, 1193 Hamilton St., Vancouver, B.C., (604) 408-9315.

      Poutine is best in Quebec but if you're dying to try it in Vancouver, there's a tiny place downtown called Fritz that does decent fresh fries with real cheese curds.
      Fritz European Fry House - 718 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada - (604) 684-0811

      Have fun!

      1. well firstly van's chinatown is just not like any other one (2nd biggest in n.a) and i don't believe a trip to richmond is neccesary are there are branches of sun sui wah and kirin in the city as well as guu, gyoza king and hapa as well

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        1. re: vandan

          IMO Vancouver's Chinatown IS like any other, esp when the Chinese community itself doesn't really even use it anymore. Tired old welcome gate, tired old photo-ops and run-down stores.

          Vancouver definitely has great Chinese restaurants but I think the ones in Richmond are under-rated, and most Chinese people in Van would agree the best (and most innovative) ones are now in that city.

        2. "the chinese community doesn't really even use it anymore", REALLY well i'm down there almost everyday and therefore would WHOLEHEARTEDLY disagree with you and just the scale of it means its not just like any other

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          1. re: vandan

            Hey Vandan, I apologize for generalizing. My own experience of having grown up on East Pender is that Van's Chinatown is just not as bustling as it used to be in the shadow of those huge malls in Richmond. And it's been sad to see the stores and restaurants getting older and less used.

            On the other hand, as awful as the strip malls are in Richmond, that's really where the new restaurants and new Chinese chefs are oepning up. That's all. Again, apologies if I offended.

          2. I was cycling through/shopping in Chinatown not 2 hours ago-streets were packed/shops restaurants were full per as usual.

            The idea that someone has to journey to the drear suburb of Richmond to eat well is nonsense.

            As to 'dressing up'-very little of that here.