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Jun 14, 2009 01:27 PM

Places around Cambie & W. Broadway - Vanc.

After touring Portland and Seatte by car at the end of June/beginning of July, me and my family have unexpectedly received a condo to stay in around Cambie & W. Broadway.

We'll be there for a few days and want to take advantage of our location. I've mainly stayed either around Robson/Denman or Richmond every other time I've been to Vancouver.

Will more than likely will hit Banana Leaf, Peaceful and Rangoli this time around. Of course, we might mosey over to Granville as well. And Whole Foods as well.

My wife and I will have a 10 year old and 8 year old with us, so spicy meals will have to wait for another trip, otherwise they are game for anything.

Is there any decent izakaya around our location? Or do we absolutley have to cross the bridge to Hapa and such? And the plethora of sushi boggles my mind.

Other than Vietnamese (we'll have had plenty by then), is there anything else I shouldn't be missing near Cambie & Broadway?

A dessert place or bakery would be nice as well.

Appreciate it!

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  1. Menya Ramen is in the area - I have not been, but the reports are good. The closest decent izakaya are downtown - though Ping's which is a sort of izakaya/yoshokuya is on Main and Broadway. I also recommend Saravanaa Bhavan's lunch buffet (which isn't that spicy for the most part).

    Have fun!

    Ping's Cafe
    2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T3E8, CA

    Saravanaa Bhavan
    955W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K3, CA

    Menya Ramen Japanese Noodle
    401W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Y1R4, CA

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    1. re: fmed

      If you still have your car with you, you're pretty close to either of the Zakkushis (4th/Burrard or Main/25th) for stick-centric izakaya-ish experience. We just went to the Main one tonight for the first time and it is lovely. Both would be super fun with kids as they are scaled very small -- you'll understand what I mean if you go. They also make really fun and tasty small desserts that would go down well with small and tall alike.

      1. re: grayelf

        Ah yes. I forgot about their new location.

      2. re: fmed

        Technospazz resulting in separate, out of order links -- oops.

        Zakkushi On Main
        4075 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V, CA

        1833 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J, CA

        1. re: grayelf

          Oh, another thought especially if the weather holds for your visit. Kayan has a patio out the back with the best view of False Creek and downtown. Stick to the "meze" type dishes or be prepared for a ton of food. Good value and lovely service too.

          Kayan Mediterranean Cuisine
          777 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z4J7, CA

          1. re: grayelf

            Thanks greyelf/fmed. Your suggestions look worth trying out.

            Don't you guys ever sleep? :-)

              1. re: fmed

                Sleep interferes with eat. No sleep.

          2. re: grayelf


            Thanks for adding yet another great word to my warped vocabulary, right up there with "Cholesterama Carboganza" and "Ballsheimer's Disease".

          3. re: fmed

            I think you might enjoy Menya -- again, the scale is quite small (little wooden stumps for small fry to sit on). And the ramen are right decent. I wasn't as keen on the other stuff eg. gyoza. Be sure to add an egg to your noodles!

            1. re: grayelf

              Always up for a good bowl of ramen or udon!

              Need more dessert places to placate my sweet tooth though!

              1. re: ybnormal

                Does coffee count as dessert? (It does in my world). Elysian Room is almost right at the corner of Broadway and Cambie. There is also an Artigiano oddly situated within a London Drugs close by.

                Elysian Coffee Broadway
                590 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z, CA

                1. re: fmed

                  Elysian has pies and other baked goods that are quite good. For the warmer days they have a raspberry lemonade that can be made with their sparkling water on tap that is an excellent refresher for those seeking a non-caffeinated beverage.

                2. re: ybnormal

                  The closest dessert place I can think of is Sweet Revenge on Main st (at King Edward aka. 25th ave).

                  Otherwise you could head up the street for bubble tea at Dragon Ball on King Edward (at Oak st). They are particularly good at fresh fruit drinks.

                  Are you willing to drive for dessert?

                  1. re: twinkienic

                    Just thought a couple more on Cambie:

                    Newtown Bakery (Chinese baked and steamed buns, etc.)
                    Kreation has very good cupcakes.

                    Not really a dessert place, but we some good Belgian beer paired desserts at Stella's on Cambie.

                    Kreation Artisan Cake
                    3357 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z, CA

                    Stella's Tap & Tapas Bar
                    3305 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z, CA

                    New Town Bakery & Restaurant Ltd
                    3484 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z, CA

                    1. re: fmed

                      Thanks for the recs. Will look up Newtown, and I want to see how Kreation compares to Bliss in Calgary.

                      Is Ganache Patisserie in Yaletown still worthwhile?

                    2. re: twinkienic

                      oops sorry for some reason in my mind Oak st = Cambie when I was writing this.

                    3. re: ybnormal

                      Whole Foods has a whole bakery/dessert section that has some very good items.

                3. Stellas on cambie/17th is now open if you fancied a drink / tapas. Street side patio.

                  1. I second Zakkushi (our kids love it) and would add Pied a Terre on Cambie at 17th to your list. It could be kid friendly if you go early enough in the evening, your kids are reasonably restaurant-broken, they like steak frites and you feel like paying for it. We love it, but haven't taken the snappers yet.


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                    1. re: waver

                      (I forgot about P-a-T) P-a-T has a a great prix fixe for $30. (you can get the steak frites as part of it.).

                    2. As an aside, what do people think of Honjin Sushi in Yaletown? We may meet a friend there during our visit...

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                      1. re: ybnormal

                        Hadn't heard of it, but checked the reviews on

                        I'd be hesitant if it were me... but dinehere reviewers are to be taken with a grain of salt most of the time.

                        1. re: peter.v

                          It's perfectly fine albeit mediocre sushi place. I used to frequent it - not because I particularly liked it, but because it was my work colleague's favorite sushi place. Good enough for lunch. They have fairly decent okonomiyaki and a few other kitchen dishes.

                          1. re: fmed

                            Any other sushi places by Cambie/W. Broadway?

                            We were going to have dinner with cousins at Banana Leaf, but it turns out one of my cousin's kids has a peanut allergy, and is very hesitant to go for Malaysian. So, I think we'll try and find a sushi place for him.

                            Any sushi places that can hold 7 people close by? I've already suggested Zakkushi for izakaya to them...

                            1. re: ybnormal

                              Shiro is just down Cambie. They should be able to handle 7.

                                1. re: fmed

                                  Ooh! Good point, I always forget about him... beyond my price range!

                                  1. re: peter.v

                                    Beyond my price range as well! I think Shiro is an excellent idea!

                      2. Finally back in Calgary after eating our way through the Pacific Northwest!

                        If you are interested, you can check out the threads here:



                        Turns out our condo was right on top of Whole Foods! Interesting location!

                        I wish we had more time to explore the area, but we came when, of course, it was raining. My kids aren't too rain friendly... In any event, a lot of people ended up taking us out (can't complain about that!) or having us over at their place, which was good for kids.

                        We went to Peaceful Restaurant with my cousins as they wanted to try it too. That worked out well, since everyone loved the tofu, the noodles, and believe it or not - General Tsao's Chicken! We were democratic - everyone ordered separate dishes, so I didn't get a chance to try some of the other dishes people have talked about on the board.

                        And thanks for the heads up about Cafe Artigiano - I swear I would've walked right by if I hadn't been looking for it. Elysian Room was great too.

                        I did manage to steer one of our lunches to Shanghai River in Richmond, braving the tearing up of the Number 3. You guys can debate which place has the best XLB in Vancouver, but since Calgary is devoid of any decent XLB, it was like dumplings from heaven. We supplemented with wor-tip, the shrimp/chive dumplings, pan-fried handmade noodles, and the braised beef noodle soup - all terrific. And I didn't have to pay!

                        We ventured over to Aberdeen Mall, and picked up some Beard Papa puffs. And I wish we had a Dasio in Calgary (think Japanese dollar store).

                        One of my wife's cousins wanted to take us out for lunch at Au Petite Cafe, but it was closed on Wednesdays. Weird! Went to the Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant (try Googling that!) down Main instead. It was Pho was pretty good, but I really enjoyed the Pork croquettes on vermicelli - that was really tasty.

                        Our final meal out with a friend was supposed to be at Shiro, but turns out they were on holidays. Toshi was too busy, so we went to Hapa at Kitsalano, which wasn't too far away. Cool location, and pretty nice inside. In any event, my friend is always willing to try anything, so we ordered a bunch of stuff - Edaname, tuna carpaccio, negitoro, ebi mayo, bbq short ribs, duck daikon salad, kinoko meshi, yaki udon, hapa kamikaze wings (burnt my lips off!), and cho wagyu (self-seared Japanese beef). The ebi mayo, negitoro and kinoko meshi were my favourites, and I wasn't kidding when I tried the hapa kamikaze wings and they smoked me out. Maybe I'm just out of practice. Had the brownies with green tea ice cream to cool us down.

                        The great part about the location is that we were able to walk it off on the beach.

                        So, a bit of a whirlwind. I'll come back when they finish tearing up Vancouver for the Olympics! Thanks for all the suggestions!

                        Some pics of Shanghai River:

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                        1. re: ybnormal

                          Pics of Hapa

                          Searing the wagyu was different. Personally, it was too small for me to notice a difference.

                          1. re: ybnormal

                            Nice work ybn! Glad you had a good time.

                          2. re: ybnormal

                            "Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant (try Googling that!) down Main instead."

                            LOL -- was the overly friendly greeter/owner there?