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Three days in Vancouver....

We'll be in Vancouver for a long weekend in a few weeks, and are curious about good eats. We're thinking one high-end dinner, and a couple of interesting local spots. Coming from NYC, we esp. love asian cuisine from top to bottom (Indian to Vietnamese and so on).

In general, we prefer small intimate restaurants to big "sceney" places, and prefer quality over quantity.

If there's anything specifically "Vancouver" that we must do gastronomically, please advise!

Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Vij's. My husband and I were in Vancouver a while back, and based on recs. on this board, tried Vij's. It is Indian - very creative and wonderful. We were there about a year ago - so I can't speak for today, but it was most definitely one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. I remember that they did not take reservations, though. So - either go early or be prepared to wait for a bit. Well worth it, though. It was incredible!

    1. That sounds great...we love Indian, will make it a stop. Thanks!

      1. Go Fish Ocean Emporium

        Not easy to find-the Google directions are wrong-tucked away in the corner of a parking lot for the commercial harbour near Granville Island.

        Had fish soup for lunch yesterday-fabulous!

        1. For Japanese Izakaya Style tapas, here are the musts:

          Guu www.guu-izakaya.com
          1698 Robson Street - (604) 685-8678
          Casual, Family style atmosphere

          Shiru-Bay www.shiru-bay.com
          1193 Hamilton Street - (604) 408-9315
          A bit more upscale in a trendy area, chefs 10 course tasting menu a must! $40

          Kingyo *NEW*
          871 Denman Street
          New, from the previous chef of Guu

          Parkside Restaurant www.parksiderestaurant.ca
          1906 Haro Street - (604) 683-6912
          Handsdown the "unsung" hero of the city. Discreet location, perfect food
          Sanafir www.sanafir.ca
          1026 Granville Street - (778) 329-4420
          New and sceny, but there is private beds to eat on upstairs for a $500 minimum spend.

          1. For izakayas, definitely go to Guu or Hapa Izakaya (on Robson, near Guu.) My favourite new Asian meal is Korean BBQ. There's loads of authentic ones on Robson, near Denman. And although I haven't been yet, I heard that Phnom Penh on E. Hastings is amazing; even Anthony Bourdain has been.

            1. Guu is FANTASTIC!!! My first choice is Robson, then Gas Town. The Thurlow location is their very first location and is very authentic, however it is dark and dingy and really needs a make over - so go with the other two locations.

              Advice would be make a reservation as they start to line up as early as 5:30!

              Kingyo is also great - a bit more expensive, but has a wonderful menu and great atmosphere. It is run / owned by a few ex-Guu employees (so they know what they are doing!)

              1. i love president seafood (in richmond actually) for dim sum. best dim sum i've had in north america and i have eaten a crapload of dim sum. the other place i like is kirin on cambie but president seafood has the edge in my book. also if you go before i think 11:30am (or is it 10:30 i forget) you get the early bird prices.

                4 Replies
                1. re: choctastic

                  Is this the seafood restaurant in the Radisson Hotel on Cambie?

                  1. re: Pollo

                    eh, crap, I think there is a hotel but i have such tunnel vision when i'm hungry that i can't really remember if it is a radisson. basically this is that restaurant that is on the second floor of a small minimall. there is a supermarket on the first floor and a bunch of other little stores. this restaurant used to go by a different name but i can't recall what at the moment.

                    1. re: choctastic

                      It is the restaurant at the Radisson/President Plaza, but it's name is now Richmond Mandarin. Their dim sum is still excellant and the discount of 20% is from 8:30-11A.


                2. Feenie's and/or Lumiere!

                  1. thank you all so much! we're so excited to taste Vancouver.

                    1. Flying Tiger is a great little asian place on 4th at Bayswater. Can't get enough of their Hawker Street Noodles. Chambar is great food and great atmosphere on Beatty Street. For your big night out I say either Vij's or West. If you can't get into Vij's go to the little sister restaurant next door for lunch. It's called Rangoli. And if you are just looking for a glass of wine nad a snack go to Salt, it's a wine bar in gastown. All they do is Cheese, Meat and Wine. Also open for lunch and have killer grilled cheese sandwiches.

                      1. Was recently in Vancouver and greatly enjoyed Harry's Won Tun for chinese. It is a huge place with all sorts of different styles, but everything I had was very good.