Instead of Gastropod...
So, just got news that Gastropod is closing in the coming weeks. I am visiting April 19-22 and had a reservation there, but would rather hit up a place that might be around longer and could continue to be a destination...Ideas along the same lines? Night number one I am doin Chambar (thanks for the idea chowhounders) and the next night an izakaya crawl, but what about night number three? something using plenty of local ingredients and fun and hip but not breaking the bank would be great. I have a 5:30 am train the next day and the prices of the early bird deal at Gastropod were alluring...
I think Gastropod's replacement Maenam will be setting a new standard for Thai food here...so I think it will be a new destination. I think they will be closed during your stay though.
Angus An worked under David Thompson at Nahm in London - it is often touted as the finest Thai restaurant in the world (and the only one with Michelin stars). Their plan is a high-value Thai place with authentic flavours....I'm so looking forward to this as Vancouver's Thai scene is sorely lacking.
I second twinkienic's rec of Fuel (which I prefer over Gastropod) and Chow. Pied a Terre, La Buca 1 and 2 would be good too.