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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.