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vancouver 4 seasons help please!

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  • moxsa Aug 30, 2009 07:36 PM
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Coming into town from NC over Labor Day weekend for my Grandmother's 90th bday. I come to Vancouver almost every year, and love the food. However, usually my local (Chinese) family takes care of the (extensive) food arrangements. This Fri we have a free evening. I am looking for suggestions -- any cuisine. I love hole-in-the-wall-type places, but dress up is okay too. We're staying at the 4 Seasons, and being able to walk to dinner would be great as well (although it looks like it might be raining).
Thanks in advance for any and all help! Can't wait to be there...

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  1. My (oft-repeated) recommendation for your situation is for izakaya - Guu with Garlic, Hapa, Zakkushi, Kingyo, et al. Do a search for "izakaya crawl" here on the board.

    Post back if Asian isn't what you are looking for.

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    1. re: fmed

      This is a great suggestion, and something that I didn't know you could do in Vancouver. However, I think I will reserve this for sometime that I can do it with my stepfather (who is a white american, but speaks fluent Japanese).
      My boyfriend is French -- after looking on the boards a little I was thinking of trying Jules for a late lunch. Any opinions?
      Thank you!

      1. re: moxsa

        If you're thinking French and late lunch, consider Pied a Terre on Cambie. Not walkable (unless you're quite athletic!) but I think maybe better food overall than Jules. Jules is more of a hole in the wall -- neither are cheap. Both only serve lunch till 2:30 but Jules has a limited afternoon menu right through till they start serving dinner so might be a better bet if you want a really late snack. I'd try for a reso at either place as they are both very small.

        1. re: grayelf

          do you know if the canada line goes close to Pied a Terre?

          1. re: selena03

            It looks like your closest Canada line stops would be Broadway with an 8.5-block walk up to PAT or King Edward for a 7.5 block walk. There is also a relatively frequent bus along Cambie that would get you to/from either station.

        2. re: moxsa

          Jules is a cute/romantic little bistro (antique piano, candles, quite charming) and if you want something close to your hotel I think it's a great idea. I have only been there for dinner but it was quite good. The area around is a bit sketchy just so your not surprised if you do walk there.
          Have you thought about trying the Yew Restaurant and Bar in your hotel? I eat breakfast there about once a month and try to have dinner every couple of months.. It has really good food and service if you want something really close. I also like Coast (seafood) and just wrote a little review on the board but am technically inept so don't know how to display the link:)!

          1. re: selena03

            Thanks for the great info, guys!

            1. re: selena03

              Here is the link to your Coast report, selena!

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/649009

              1. re: grayelf

                thanks grayelf!

        3. I've had two 'alright' experiences at Jules. If you're looking for a classic French bistro, I think, as Grayelf said, you should go to Pied-a-Terre, although it's definitely a cab ride (or Sky Train).

          Another couple of ideas around the Four Seasons:

          - Cibo at the Moda Hotel (good Italian - great wine bar (Uva) attached to it as well)
          - Chambar (Belgian restaurant. Food is pretty good, cocktails/room is great)
          - Diva at the Met (very good, but 'fancier' restaurant right across the street from Four Seasons in the Metropolitan Hotel)
          - La Brasserie (great French/German brasserie on Davie)

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          Chambar Restaurant
          562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, CA

          Cibo Ristorante
          900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9, CA

          La Brasserie
          1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

          Diva At The Met
          645 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C2Y9, CA

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          1. re: Cancuk

            Thanks for the link to La Brasserie - I was eavesdropping on this thread because a friend is stating at the Sheraton on Burrard. We had a great meal at La Brasserie on Wednesday - their daily special was pan-fried trout, which was fantastic. We also tried the rocket salad (good), the onion tart (mixed reviews), and the truffle poutine (that was the beer talking - it was good, though, if you like poutine). It's a small place, and our party of three waited for perhaps 20 minutes for a table at 8 pm on a Wednesday night, but we enjoyed our wheat beer at the small bar while we waited. Definitely worth a return visit.

          2. LeFauxB could be an option. Have not been myself but hear somewhat good things. Will need to cab or bus to this location though.

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            Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro
            663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA