How's my plan re: restaurants in Vancouver and Victoria
A group of us will visit these fair cities next week from SF. Staying near Canada Place. We have about 2 days pre-cruise and 1.5 day post-cruise. Staying near Canada Place. While I'd love to hit the "must eat" places, our older family members are not as crazy as us and traveling longer time for good eats are probably out of the question. We'll have a car but since we want to hit certain sights, it'll be much better if the good restaurants are somewhat on the way. I've planned this trip as if certain family members will never be back here again so would like to see the most and eat the best - under certain budget. Some of us aren't too dressy so nothing too upscale too. Mostly we like seafood, Chinese and Japanese, unless there's some really good food of other types.
Please see if I'm heading the right direction? Big thanks! :)
Day 1 - in YVR/Richmond briefly: brunch @ Shanghai River for XLB, ferry to Victoria, if we have time may be sneak some snacks from Red Fish Blue Fish, Beacon Hill park, dinner rez @ Brasserie L'ecole
Day 2 - Breakfast @ Mo:le, drive to Butchart Gardens, lunch @ tea place within, ferry to Vancouver, dinner @ Kingyo
Day 3 - we could eat on the ship if checked in early, OR, brunch @ Kirin
Day 4 - visit Granville island, lunch @ Sun Sui Wah on Main St.<--- is this supposed to be THE best dim sum...better than Koi Palace in SF area? Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, grab some Thomas Haas chocolates, dinner rez @ Tojo's, maybe Harbor Centre Lookout.
Day 5 - flight at 5p - get to YVR by 3p? Lunch - grab some Japadog? Mui's Garden? More dim sum?
Anyway I can squeeze in some spot prawns somewhere? What else should I buy or eat? ;)
It looks like you have done your research and your recs are soild.
The "best" dim sum restaurant is open for debate, but SSW is certainly in the upper echelon. There are other options - some of them are a bit of a distance from the downtown core. The best places are in Richmond. If you are interested in more recs - we can post some for you.
Mui Garden - are you seeking Sngapore/Malaysian? If so, I think there are better choices (Banana Leaf, etc.).
Sun Sui Wah is good but not better than the best the Bay Area has to offer. Koi Palace, Joy Luck, Asian Pearl and the Kitchen are on par with the best that Vancouver has to offer.
But I will wait for your report on Japadog. I have missed this spot my last two trips up to the Northwest. Maybe I can get fmed to take me next trip.
If you have somewhere to cook them, you can buy the spot prawns raw on Granville island (lots of retailers - I like 'finest at sea' .) I've heard some eat them raw straight from the boats, so you might not even need cooking facilities! If you're looking for a restaurant that serves them, Vij's is a sure bet, and until the end of June, "C" has a spot prawn tasting menu - see http://www.cityfood.com/EN/greater_de.... For something a bit less expensive, I would bet that "fish" on Yew st. between York and First has some, but I can't find a menu online. Have fun!