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Mar 9, 2007 10:30 AM

Downtown Vancouver-Cheap Meals

3 College students looking, if possible, for semi-healthy cheap meals in Downtown Vancouver. Also, any recommendations on places to find good drinks and/or drink specials?

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  1. There are 3 of them and they are called: Guu.
    Kitanoya Guu Original Izakaya on Thurlow, Kitanoya Guu With Garlic on Robson or Kitanoya Guu With Otokomae on Water St. These restaurants are fun, loud, cheap and the food is amazing. Inventive small plates, tons of specials, mostly cooked (as opposed to Sushi Bars). The idea is to get wasted on draught Sake while stuffing your face with tasty Japanese tapas. There's shouting, singing, and mayhem all around. Take a cab, have a blast!
    Da Cook

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    1. re: Da_Cook

      Thank you for that quick and informing response! I'm sure we'll have a blast :)

    2. For healthy and cheaper choices, you can try Capers on Robson. They are good for a quick breakfast or lunch, lots of options including organic. THey also have a relaly nice selection of breads if you want to take something for the road.

      1. Marcustm
        I agree that eating Caper's food is healthy and you will definitely live longer for doing so. Cheap it ain't. I know guys who changed their eating habits to brown rice and raw vegetables, little or no meat, everything totally organic and they will certainly live an extra 10 years because of it. However it's gonna feel like 50 years.
        I say live for the moment and do the Izakaya.

        "My candle burns at both ends;
        It will not last the night;
        But 'Ah, my foes!' & 'Oh my friends!' -
        It gives a lovely light!"
        - Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

        Da Cook

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        1. re: Da_Cook

          just giving the man some options for take out, not recommending an organic overhaul :) Maybe they could pick up a colon cleanser after bingeing at each of the Guu locations. I am sure St. VM wouldn't have been averse to one of those (kidding kidding) ANd it's not necessarily expensive, depends on what you buy.

          1. re: Da_Cook

            "they will certainly live an extra 10 years because of it. However it's gonna feel like 50 years."

            Da Cook - you gave me the laugh I needed today! Thank-you! I totally agree about Capers not being a small-budget place!

          2. I love Kitto House Japanese on Granville. Great place with good service and great food.

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            1. re: jbyoga

              I was just wondering if anyone knew the name of the pork cutlet dish at Kitto house? I don't live in Vancouver any more and I would like to see if our ONE Japanese restaurant can make the same item for me. It was lightly, crispy breaded, and was served with a brownish-red dipping sauce (not sweet and sour, i hate that stuff).

              1. re: edithann

                Sounds like Tonkatsu. I have to get my son to bring the sauce from Japan, I can't get it in Calgary but you may be able to in Vancouver. I've tried to make it but haven't got it quite right. It's way different than sweet and sour.

            2. Across from Capers on Robson is Robson Market:
              The fruit is cheaper there.
              Ha, also if you like oysters the fishmonger will shuck them for you right there in the food fair.