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Vancouver recommendations for Seattleites

creepygirl Jul 19, 2008 03:27 PM

I'll be visiting Vancouver with my husband next weekend. We'll have a car and are willing to drive out of Vancouver proper for good food.

We're looking for places that offer things that we can't get in Seattle. We've heard Vij's is good. I've heard over and over and over again how much better dim sum is in Vancouver, so I'm looking for recommendations for specific places (carts are a plus, but not a necessity.)

Also looking for the best bakeries, chocolatiers (a local chocolatier said that there's someplace that makes a lilac or violet cream chocolate that's really good), and gelato.

We'll be hanging out with someone who likes foie gras and other really rich foods, so if there are places that do those particularly well, we'd appreciate recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

  1. foodosopher Jul 27, 2008 12:18 AM

    In my trips to Seattle, I have not noticed a lot of Korean food. Consider checking out Blue Sea Seafood in Coquitlam - it's quite the drive, but very worthwhile. Check out Shokutsu's latest experience there.


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    1. re: foodosopher
      fmed Jul 27, 2008 04:19 AM

      Time for me to make a trip out to Coquitlam.

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        foodosopher Jul 27, 2008 12:38 PM

        I agree with you 100%. It looks amazing.

    2. toutefrite Jul 22, 2008 01:49 PM

      Bakery reccs:
      Patisserie Lebeau - best Belgian waffles, liege and stuffed (sweet and savory)
      Sweet E's in Kerrisdale - great to pick up a cake with lots of "mini" options
      Butter in Dunbar - homestyle treats, mostly bars and such. killer stuffed peanut butter cookies and homemade "oreos"
      Terra Breads - excellent breads and bread-based treats
      Sweet Obsessions - nice sit-down option with a wide variety of treats. just avoid the brownies.

      To avoid IMO:
      COBS bread - don't get pulled in by its popularity ie many locations
      tartine - heavy pastry and bland filling
      Meinhardt and Picnic baked goods - except for the sable cookies, everything else is institutional tasting
      Urban Fare - the baked goods are below institutional-tasting, lapsing into hospital-grade level

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      1. re: toutefrite
        fmed Jul 22, 2008 01:59 PM

        For something "different" - check out some of the Asian bakeries and sweets places as well. There a few convenient places in Chinatown (New Town, Boss, etc.) Also around the Punjabi market area on Main St (around 49th ave.) are a few Indian sweets places.

        1. re: fmed
          toutefrite Jul 22, 2008 02:50 PM

          Yes! New Town for the barbq pork steamed buns. I must have them when I am in town. Is the Cambie Street one affiliated with the Chinatown one, or not? The signage touts itself as being the "original", but I don't know what that means. A friend said that their stuff is nothing like the CT location. Do you know?

          1. re: toutefrite
            grayelf Jul 22, 2008 03:05 PM

            Toutefrite, your bakery pros and cons are spot on IMO too. And fmed's idea of grabbing some Chinese or Indian sweets is a great one (if the coconut buns are freshly baked at New Town in CT they are hard to beat).

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              fmed Jul 22, 2008 03:13 PM

              I think the original is the Chinatown location. The CT location has more traffic, thus everything is fresher.

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          boisenewbie Jul 20, 2008 05:53 PM

          Vij is not "good" ... Vij is freakin INCREDIBLE! I had the lamb and it was so good it made me cry!! This place is a must!
          For gelato, I really truly believe Mondo Gelato (Robson or Denman) is by far the best. (I tried almost all the gelato places in Vancouver and Mundo Gelato keeps me coming back every time. Sooo Good!!

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          1. re: boisenewbie
            Cancuk Jul 21, 2008 01:28 PM

            I prefer Amore on Commercial... but Mundo is also good.

            Vij's is outstanding.

            1. re: boisenewbie
              John Manzo Jul 22, 2008 03:56 PM

              Mondo was, for years, the main reason I visited Vancouver.

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              Simon Jul 20, 2008 04:29 PM

              i've dined widely and happily in both cities (Lark is my fav in Seattle)

              I'd say Boneta is a must: amazing wines by the glass (obscure delicious Cru-Beaujolais, Chateauneuf du Pape, tasty BC stuff, and they change it almost daily) plus stellar food...menu sometimes features foie gras (as well as bone marrow, morrels, escargot, strong cheeses, and other such pleasures)...

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              1. re: Simon
                fmed Jul 22, 2008 02:00 PM

                I forgot to add (along with the Boneta recc): Chow. They have foie and a really well valued prix fixe ($38).

              2. fmed Jul 19, 2008 10:55 PM

                Foie gras central is W4th at Fuel and Gastropod - I highly recommend both. Be prepared for anti-foie protestors waving placards. West also serves foie as does Chambar. For other places with rich food - Chow, Pied-a-Terre, Chambar, Bistro Bistrot....

                For dim sum - Richmond is the place to go. Sea Harbour, Kirin, Sun Sui Wah, Shanghai River, Shiang Garden, Northern Delicacy. I know that Seattle seems to be lacking in the XLB department - I recommend Lin Chinese Cuisine and Chen's Shanghai in Richmond.

                I believe that your chocolatier was talking about Thomas Haas (im_hungry recommended him already).

                I second Dolce Amore for gelato.im_hungry -- I was there tonight as well. I had the green apple gelato.

                Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
                4940 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X3A5, CA

                Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House
                1537W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6J1W6, CA

                Aberdeen Centre
                4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X4J7, CA

                Chambar Restaurant
                562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, CA

                Fuel Restaurant
                1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

                Chen's Shanghai Kitchen
                8095 Park Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y, CA

                Shanghai River Restaurant
                7831 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X1A4, CA

                1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

                Pieda' Terre
                3369 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2W6, CA

                Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant Ltd
                3711 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X2B8, CA

                Kirin Seafood Restaurant
                7900 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X1A5, CA

                Shiang Garden Restaurant
                4540 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X2C2, CA

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                1. re: fmed
                  im_hungry Jul 19, 2008 11:06 PM

                  I had panna cotta and nociolla. Not as good as what I've had in Italy, but the best I've tried in Vancouver. Mmmm!

                  1. re: im_hungry
                    grayelf Jul 19, 2008 11:50 PM

                    That panna cotta flavour is really something...

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                      twinkienic Jul 20, 2008 01:42 AM

                      I'll have to try the panna cotta next time I'm there... but I always end up ordering pistachio. They make the richest pistachio I've tried thus far.

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                  im_hungry Jul 19, 2008 10:40 PM

                  Vij's is good, or you could try Rangoli next door. Not sure which place the chocolatier was referring to, but Thomas Haas in North Van is worth checking out for chocolate and pastries. As for gelato, I think the best place in Vancouver is Dolce Amore on Commercial Drive. I just went there tonight! Can't think of any good foie gras places, but if you're looking for good, hearty French fare, try La Regalade in West Van or Bistrot Bistro in Kits. Great daube beouf at both places.

                  I'll let fmed comment on dim sum and XLBs :o)

                  Vij's Restaurant
                  1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

                  Dolce Amore
                  1590 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L3Y2, CA

                  Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
                  998 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P, CA

                  Bistrot Bistro Ltd
                  1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7, CA

                  La Regalade
                  2232 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V1K4, CA

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