Visiting from Toronto - Where to Eat?
We're going to be in Vancouver for a week in July - where should we eat? Any kind of recommendations are welcome, though we'll probably only do one or two higher-end places, so some cheaper recs would be appreciated too.
We'd like to try to eat stuff we don't have a lot of access to in Toronto. I think this includes seafood/fish, sushi (especially great low/mid-priced sushi) and other Japanese, various other Asian cuisines, etc., but we're up for anything really.
Hope this catches you before you leave; I was also prepping for our own trip to Vancouver (yes, also from Toronto) in mid-July. I hope you don't mind a couple of less-refined suggestions to add to all of the excellent ones already listed.
As a born-and-bred Vancouverite who has been living in Toronto for the last 10 years (except for the biennial trips back to visit family), here are three things that I miss because I can't find a suitable equivalent in Toronto: (in no particular order)
1. eating fish and chips--or any other takeout/picnic meal, for that matter--by the water and SALT breeze. e.g. Pajo's on the dock in Steveston; Go Fish by Granville Island. ...Don't know about you, but that Lake Ontario funk just ain't the same!
2. White Spot (yes, it's a chain/franchise, but...) not only for their "Triple-O" sauced burgers but specifically for the drive-in experience. There aren't any drive-ins where we live in Toronto, and even if there were we'd probably have to eat with the windows up and A/C on! (kidding!)
3. Griffins, the less-expensive sibling to 900 West at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, is a nice date option for those who are on a budget for whatever reason (student, young family, travelling, etc.) because ordering any of their dinner entrees also includes their great dessert buffet! To this day, I have not heard of this in any restaurant in our "great" city of Toronto. (Just imagine, you can place your order and sneak in a dessert before your food comes!) Their menu is fairly "standard" but I usually ask them for the catch of the day. Take a look at their menus:
In any case, enjoy your trip and let us know what you tried!
Adding to the list.
Pear Tree on Hastings in Burnaby, West Coast
Pearl on the Rock in White Rock, perfectly situated by the Pier, West Coast
Le Crocodile, classic French
Cafe Medici, Italian
Villa del Lupo, Italian
Okra Asian Bistro, North Van, Malaysian/Singaporian
Sockeye City Grill, Steveston, great seafood selection
Tsukiji, Richmond Japanese, fresh fish and good small plates selection
Pied a Terre, on Cambie, Bisto type food
Mad Greek, Richmond, belly dancing on weekends
Crave, Vancouver on Main
Vita Bella, Burnaby on Hastings, Italian
Ellies, Richmond, Malaysian/Singaporian
Chen's, Richmond, Shanghai
Ninkazu, Richmond, surprisingly good all you can eat japanese/sushi
Posh, Vancouver on Broadway, all you can eat sukiyaki, not a lot of meat but great veggie selection
You've left it kinda wide open so I'm going to point you to a recent similar request thread:
and paste it my thoughts from it. If any of these sound interesting, click on the link and scroll down for a list of places links for these and others in the thread.
Salt for a late afternoon ploughman's moderne snack
Cobre for a pan-Latin dinner
Peaceful for great noodles and dim summy stuff (lunch or dinner
)Patisserie Lebeau for sweet and savoury brekky waffles (go early)
Nuba for healthy but v. tasty Lebanese in a funky setting (two locations)
One of Andrey Durbach's restos (Parkside, La Buca) for muscular Italian
Aurora for locally sourced creative dishes without blowing the bank (great weekend brunch)
Go Fish for super fresh "fish shack" offerings with a twist in a supernatural BC setting (one word: tacones, especially if the cod version is on the specials menu; ask for extra hot sauce on the side instead of the cole slaw)
Green Lettuce for Indian-Chinese food
Rangoli for a taste of Vij's minus the wait (don't know if they'll have crickets on that menu though)
Argo Cafe for a post-modern take on the diner (breakfast and lunch only -- be sure to check out the lunch specials like duck confit or seared tuna for like $12!?)
49th Parallel for coffee (either at their flagship store on 4th Avenue, or at the Edge Cafe with a great breakfast or lunch, or at Cafe Medina with yet another waffle)
Adding: Kibune Sushi in Kits for great mid-range sushi, sashimi and cooked dishes in a setting steps from the water.
If you can give some more parameters, I'm sure you will get more and better recs.
Have fun on your vacation and be sure to let us know where you go and what you eat!
Kibune Sushi Restaurant
1508 Yew St, Vancouver, BC V6K3E4, CA
Thanks. Those are very helpful.
Hard to narrow it down - I don't really know what I'm looking for. :-) Trying to find some places that'll offer something uniquely Vancouver-ish, or at least something I can't get in Toronto. I know that includes good Japanese, but not sure what else - was hoping that someone with both Toronto and Vancouver knowledge might help me out.
If I had to narrow it down, I'd want to know where to find good:
- high-end/splurge sushi
- high-quality but mid/low-priced sushi (we don't have this in Toronto)
- other Japanese (izakaya, etc.)
- dim sum (we have great dim sum in Toronto, but one can never have enough dim sum)
- seafood-focused Chinese
- good places for a quick bite/lunch/snack/etc.
... but I didn't really want to narrow it down, in case I miss something. :-)
Okay, here's a bit more (based on reccos from the board as well as my own chowing), all in Vancouver proper -- we are not very good about venturing into the burbs :-):
izakaya crawl on Robson and Denman (Kitanoya Guu with Garlic, Hapa, Kingyo, Zakkushi) -- this I think is a must do and will be really different for you
dimsum -- I really enjoy Golden Ocean. They do all the "regular" stuff really well, it's always fresh, the staff are friendly, and FWIW it's very popular with Chinese clientele (usually 95% plus). And I always get to try at least two things I've never seen before -- this happened again when we went last Sunday. They also take resos and if you come by 11 am you get 20% off an already very reasonable tab. BTW the best dimsum I've ever had was in Toronto (Taipan on Eglinton West, sadly closed) which was a fave haunt when we lived there
splurgy sushi -- the obvious answer would be Tojo's but it's getting many thumbs down lately for service and 'tude and you really do need to bring $$$$; if that is not in the cards, how about Octopus' Garden or Zest?
less splurgy sushi -- the above mentioned Kibune, or Ajisai in Kerrisdale (they really specialize in sushi and don't really cook much at all; I've heard great things about the omakase there but have yet to try it)
ramen: there is now a bit of a locus for Japanese noodles circa the izakayas (Kintaro, Benkei, Motomachi Shokudo) that might be worth checking out.
Chinese snacks: besides the abovementioned Peaceful, try Lin's or The Place for small bites, and I'm hearing good things about the Sichuan dishes at the latter from fmed on this board.
a great 'hood: Main and anywhere from 8th to 33rd for a sort of Queen and Roncesvalles type experience (funky boutiques, antiques, local designers etc plus of course great food of virtually every description) -- Aurora, Cascade Room, Rekados, Splitz, Sawasdee, Legendary, Hawker's Delight, Long's, Au Petit, and more I've missed...
Kintaro Ramen Noodle
788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L5, CA
2420 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T3E2, CA
Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House
1537W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6J1W6, CA
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
4250 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3P9, CA
4063 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3P5, CA
Octopus's Garden Restaurant
1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J1C9, CA
4191 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3P6, CA
Splitz Grill Main Street Ltd
4242 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3P9, CA
Benke Ramen Restaurant
1741 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C9, CA
740 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G, CA
Zest Japanese Cuisine
2775 W. 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6k 3C3, CA
Kitanoya Guu with Garlic
1698 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C7, CA
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA
Zakkushi Japanese Restaurant
823 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L7, CA
1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C1, CA
Ajisai HD Ltd
2081 42nd Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6M2B4, CA
2616 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T3E6, CA
Hawkers Delight Deli
4127 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3P6, CA
Long's Noodle House
4853 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3R9, CA
Au Petite Cafe (2005) Ltd
4851 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3R9, CA