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Nov 26, 2007 09:13 PM

Top Ten Restaurants in Vancouver...

Please add your top ten list of restaurant in Vancouver... and why those restarurants... It could be Expensive, medium, fast food, etc.

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  1. Please add your opinions... It could be you favorite comfort food restaurant, you favorite street vendor or a Fine restaurant...:)

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    1. re: josephml1

      I think the problem with these lists is that it is too open ended.

      From my perspective: based on the subject line alone, you will get people who will add West, Salt, C, etc etc. I might add these names too, however, I think that as great as West is, I don't "love" it as much as I "love" my favorite mom and pop Chinese restaurants, etc...furthermore, I'm pretty sure my list will include Wendy's. ;)

      1. re: fmed

        Waay too open ended. Plus, you're also asking for a tremendous amount of work from people - most people don't have 3 hours to write up a top 10 with "why" it's there. A reason for why often helps as well (you're doing research for an article, you're planning on visiting, you're just curious, etc...). People like to know what you're going to do with that information.

        Lastly, just from my own standpoint, if you put in 10 seconds to type up a one sentence query, it doesnt appear as you're taking the process very seriously. Did you do any research prior to this question? Why do you want to know? Any specific interests? Some background or history about you? Something that shows you're invested in the process, and why other hounds should invest time in answering your question.

        Anyway, just my opinion...based on your posting history, it looks like you're writing a book. But that sort of disclosure would be nice if it were the case.

        1. re: yen

          My sister lives in Vancouver she is a magazine writer, And she will apreciate all this info... also I am going to be in vancouver for 6 days in January, so I am collecting info about where to eat...
          Hope all you people can help me to decide.

          1. re: josephml1

            6 days in Van demands a visit to West. Do the early bird if budget is an issue. One of the very finest dining experiences to be found regardless of locale.

            1. re: GroovinGourmet

              Do you have any favorite? I want to take notes... :::))))

              1. re: josephml1

                Uh...everything? Go for a tasting menu and prepare to be wowed.

                Here's the link to my report on the best of our 3 visits (all were stellar).


                1. re: GroovinGourmet


                  Has the chef left West and if so, do you know who is supposed to replace him?

                  I had assumed that he would not do both jobs.

                  1. re: Bob Mac

                    I haven't heard of Hawksworth departing West. That would be big news indeed , especially on the heels of Rob Feenie leaving Lumiere and, ahem, Feenie's.

                    1. re: formerlyfingers


                      I am not in Vancouver so have no personal knowledge of this apart from what I discovered after some googling of that "other" foodie web-site.

                      Hawksworth is reportedly leaving West this month and is moving to the Hotel Georgia to open his own restaurant as part of the hotel's redevelopment.

                      That redevelopment is purportedly a year down the road.

                      Does not seem to be anything at all like the Feenie battle with partners and associates.

                      1. re: Bob Mac

                        Wow...that is news indeed. Wherever he cooks I will follow...

                    2. re: Bob Mac

                      He's there until the end of the year. (Hawksworth)

                    3. re: GroovinGourmet

                      Excellent report... thank you for share it. :)))

                      1. re: josephml1

                        oh dear, I hope not. Just made my reso for this christmas vacation.

                          1. re: josephml1

                            Was just in Vancouver recently and had an absolutely fantastic meal at Conner Butler as well at La Vallee ( I think thats the correct spelling). Very, very impressed, we need something even remotley close to either one of them here in Cgy.

                            1. re: buddah cabaret

                              Excellent choices thank you for mention it.


        2. I am going to stay in the westin grand, and I need restaurant advice around it.

          Please if you can mention breakfast also and a good bar with good appetizers it will be great.

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          1. re: josephml1

            Breakfast - Elbow Room at Davie and Richards
            Izakaya - Alpha's at Richards and Helmcken
            Malaysian - Prima Taste at Robson and Seymour
            Bar/Pub - Kingston Taphouse, Richards 1/2 block north of Seymour
            - Subeez, Smithe and Homer
            Quick Bite - Sushi place in the HMart supermarket food court, Robson and Seymour

            Of course if Yaletown is not too far away, you have a lot more choices for dinner and bar.

          2. I would add Diva at the Met and Le Crocodile to the list.

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            1. My favorite restaurant in Vancouver has got to be Vij's.It is a personal take on Indian food that is both modern and classical at the same time.

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              1. re: chazzerking

                I have to agree with this recommendation. Vij's seems to be one steady star in the Vancouver restaurant firmament. With Hawksworth gone from West (His last night there was 22 December) and Feenie out of Lumiere and Tojo's not quite the same after expansion, Vikram Vij still carries on, though it is awfully hard to get in these days.

                There are many fine places downtown (by the Westin Grand), but different places will appeal to different tastes. Many swear by Chambar, but I've never liked the food there. Le Crocodile is one of Vancouver's stalwarts. You couldn't go wrong there.

                I like the space occupied by Griffin's at the Hotel Vancouver. I've never tried it for breakfast. It's probably no better or worse than other places, but the room...

                1. re: Steve S

                  Thnk You very much for the advice and restaurant recomendations.