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Seeking Vancouver Veggie Tasting Menu or Splurge

rahir Oct 7, 2008 10:45 AM

I live in San Francisco and will be visiting Vancouver tomorrow through next Wednesday. My boyfriend and I are vegetarian, and should be fine most of the trip foodwise, but we'd like to know if there's one special restaurant to try for a special, splurge-type meal. We'd prefer a tasting menu, but would also be happy to dine a la carte. Any suggestions for this clueless veggie?

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  1. Sam Salmon RE: rahir Oct 7, 2008 12:16 PM

    Saravana Bhavan 955 W. Broadway for South Indian-not a splurge place but tasty.

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      rahir RE: Sam Salmon Oct 7, 2008 12:52 PM

      Thanks! Good to know, but we'd still like a nice splurge. And any thoughts on West's veggie tasting menu?

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        gourmet wife RE: rahir Oct 7, 2008 01:09 PM

        I've had the veggie tasting menu at West about 5 years ago. It's nothing to rave about. I think it was a five courses, I think 2 were really good and the other three was just blah. Can't remember the price but it was expensive for what it's worth. If you were to spend a lot of money there, I would call ahead and have them customize something. Usually if restaurants aren't prepare to make a vegetarian meal, they'll just throw whatever sides they have available and call it a meal.

        Years ago when I was a vegetarian (and I mean just veggies no seafood or eggs etc) Le Crocodile did up a very tasty appetizer & entree for me. LC is one of those places that I love to go to if I want a good meal.

        Another place that did a very good "tasting menu" was L'emotion in West Van which is no longer, however, good news is they've opened up a new location and it's called Mistral on West Broadway. I haven't been to their new location but have heard good reviews from friends who were also fans of their previous location.

    2. fmed RE: rahir Oct 7, 2008 04:02 PM

      I can't think of a veggie splurge. Perhaps Vij's. Many of their apps and mains are veg. (They have a paratha with ground crickets! - not sure if they are considered veg ;-)

      They don't take reservations and often have a long lineup after 5pm...the wait feels short, though. http://www.vijs.ca/index_in.htm

      Less expensive is Radha http://www.radhavancouver.org/pdf/har...

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        grayelf RE: fmed Oct 9, 2008 12:32 PM

        The first place that popped into my head was Vij's too -- although many rave about the lamb popsicles etc there, I usually order their veg fare, particularly for mains (always nabbing bites of the other meaty dishes on the table for research purposes, of course). They are especially adept at anything dumplingy and veg filled. Caveat emptor re lineups per fmed's post...

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        ck1234 RE: rahir Oct 7, 2008 05:58 PM

        I think Connor Butler might do a vegetarian tasting menu for you and that would be a splurge. I remember my friend from work saying they did this for them.

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          fmed RE: ck1234 Oct 7, 2008 06:06 PM

          Just checked their website...they do indeed offer a veg option for their tasting menus. Good one ck1234! I have not been to RCB, but I hear good things.

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          cdnprairiedog RE: rahir Oct 9, 2008 08:55 AM

          My wife and I have had vegetarian tasting menus at West and, more recently, Gastropod. We were mighty impressed with both of those. Both were very accommodating. We went with wine pairings in both cases, too, which we would recommend to do. This might be the best time of year for vegetarians, what with all the freshness coming from the harvest fields.

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            fmed RE: cdnprairiedog Oct 9, 2008 07:45 PM

            Never actually thought of Gastropod et al (being a carnivore and all). It's great to know that they have option.

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            Dan G RE: rahir Oct 9, 2008 11:51 AM

            Tojos, which is a high-end sushi place, has a vegetarian omakase menu. Don't know what it is like as I went for the fishy version, but I can't see him serving anything that wasn't good.

            Or, as an interesting alternative you could probably find enough vegetarian items on the menu at Bin 941 or 942 to make a good meal. It wouldn't be the same environment, but fun and good.

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