Seattle to Whistler
So as we drove home from Whistler, I realized we make this drive almost every other week, but only eat dinner either before (at home) or after (when we arrive). Since I have virtually no knowledge of the Vancouver area, other than a dazzling reputation for asian food, I thought I'd ask y'all where we can stop.
We take I-5 north to the border and then either 15 to 1 to 99 OR we do peace arch crossing to annicis island/alex fraser bridge, marine dr. to boundry way to 1 to 99.
I would love to know any delish food, esp. all forms of asian. Also, ambience matters less, because we'll just be passing through, and preferably easy to find off the route, and not too far out of the way.
Any thoughts, all you people constantly telling me the chinese food here in Seattle is inadequate?
I usually take the Lynden/Aldergrove crossing to save time. The crossing is usually quicker -- especially now with the border construction -- and you miss the worst of Vancouver traffic, skirting to the east and north of Vancouver on Rt. 1. I haven't found the likes of Tojo's or Vij's on this route, but I've found several good places:
Westview Oriental (westvieworiental.com) - Good Chinese, including pretty extensive dim sum from a menu, with friendly service, in a shopping center (excuse me, centre) just north of Rt 1 (exit 17) in North Van. There's also a decent, friendly little sushi place in that same center.
Persian Restaurant, 1533 Lonsdale - This is the only one of these places that I haven't been to, but it's right off Rt. 1 (exit 18 & go south) in North Van and the Georgia Straight said good things.
East No. 1 Seafood Restaurant, upstairs in the big shopping center at 302-2800 East 1st Ave @ East Kaslo, East Van (exit 27 & go west) - Good dim sum.
La Casa Gelato (lacasagelato.com) - 218 flavors (flavours) at a time -- rotating from a much larger selection!!! And it's delicious, though after a dozen or so free tastes of all sorts of exotic flavors, followed by a bowl of 2 or 3 flavors, I'm not sure I can really tell good from great. 1033 Venables @ Raymur, a couple of miles west of Rt. 1 in between exits 26 and 27.
I had a decent Cuban meal at the super-hip Havana, which is between La Casa Gelato and Rt. 1, but I didn't think it was worth returning to.
I'd love to hear of other places near Rt. 1.
For authentic Hong Kong style dim sum, I'd recommend Sun Sui Wah. They have a location in Richmond and one just outside of downtown Vancouver.
If you're a fan of ramen, Kintaro Ramen off of Robson is a must. Their ramen noodles are made in-house. An authentic ramen shop, something that is tough to find in the NW.
Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
4940 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X3A5, CA
Kintaro Ramen Noodle
788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L5, CA