21st Birthday Dinner
Hello to all CHers! This is my first official post, but I've been a regular lurker for the past little while. I've been drawn out of the sidelines on this occasion because I need some fresh restaurant recommendations for a special occasion.
My boyfriend's 21st birthday is coming up and I'd like to take him out for a nice dinner. I'm quite familiar with the restaurant scene in the metro Vancouver area, and, like I've mentioned, in my creeping of the boards I know which restaurants come up often as popular picks. In this case, my main criterion is that the restaurant is a little more upscale (casual fine dining) while not being such that two young people would not feel out of place.
I've entertained the thought of Trafalger's Bistro - any thoughts? Food-wise, I'm not looking for any type of cuisine in particular. Ultimately, I'm looking for great food and an unpretentious atmosphere. All input would be greatly appreciated.
I've personally had, "meh" experiences at Trafalgars... although it has been a while since I've been there.
I know it gets recommended a lot, but for what you're looking for I think Fuel is a pretty good choice. It's upscale but not stuffy whatsoever. The food is, IMO, consistently very, very good and the prices are reasonable... although probably higher than Trafalgers.
I'm thinking Fuel too, though Boneta might work. Salade de Fruits seems too casual (was just there for lunch last week, plastic chairs). Trafalgar's can be good (killer desserts) but I wouldn't pick it for a 21st bday celebration (more like Mother's Day). What about L'altro Buca? Maybe on the patio if the weather holds? Or the original (no patio though) if you want to stay on the west side?
How about Maenam (nee Gastropod)? It just opened and you can be the first kids on the block who have dine there. It looks like the first truly great Thai food this city has seen.