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Oct 12, 2009 02:57 PM

Vancouver: is West worth it?

Calgary hound will be in Vancouver at the end of the month, dining solo. Wondering if West is worth the try, or should I spend my time and money someplace else?

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  1. I tried West two years ago when I was in Vancouver and found it underwhelming. They most likely would have changed kitchen staff since then as people in the industry move around a lot so perhaps someone has been there more recently and can give you better opinion. When I went, I thought it was overhyped and overpriced for what we had. None of the dishes impressed me. They were alright.. there was nothing wrong with them... a solid preparation for a restaurant of that class.. but certainly, there was nothing spectacular about them either. The service was great as one would expect of a restaurant of this class.

    Too bad Feenie's and Lumiere Tasting Bar is no more. They used to be my favorite restaurants. I've actually had a couple of dishes there that totally wowed me. I haven't had an opportunity to go to DB Bistro yet so I don't know how it is.

    Lately, on my recent trips to Vancouver, I keep on going back to Vij's. If you haven't tried it, I think it's definitely worth your while. My favourite dishes are the portobello mushrooms in the porcini curry as an appetizer and the lamb popsicles for an entree.

    If you like sushi, you may want to try Octopus Garden for their omakase. I really enjoyed it. The chef does some creative stuff. I loved the shooter with the uni. The most memorable piece of sushi I had contained foie gras, lobster and mango. Definitely an interesting and delicious combination.

    1. I went a few weeks ago and I continue to be very impressed. I hadn't been in a few months and had started to think of Market having taken it's place as my favorite gourmet, local-cuisine place. It's definitely pricey, but I really think they do amazing work with all local ingredients.

      1. was there, solo, last week and had a great meal, Yes, it was expensive - tasting menu, wine and generous tip = $250 - but i think it was worth it. Same trip, I dined at Blue Water and Fuel, had 6 course menu at each...West was both most expensive and best, Fuel next on both accounts and BW 3rd. Value wise, Fuel might be better choice, and you can ask for a seat at the bar and watch chefs and discuss what they are doing (I learned a lot from the woman making appetizers!)

        1. Thank you all for the recommendations. I was thinking of West and Blue Water, and hey maybe Vij's too, though that's sounding ambitious.

          Any problem with dining solo at any of these places? I am concerned especially with Vij's because of the wait involved: I guess I could end up making friends in line and all, but I'm worried I would feel guilty occupying a table by myself with others waiting in line... Do they have space for single diners?

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          1. re: alley

            I felt completely comfortable at a table for 2 at West. It was a Sunday evening and they weren't very busy, but evenif they were I wouldn't have felt differently. Blue Water, however, felt a bit...I don't know...the place was just so lively and loud it made it a bit tough to read (I had a book with me at both places). If I were going back to BW alone I might ask to sit at the sushi bar.

            1. re: Dan G

              The sushi bar is great for solo diners at Blue Water.

            2. re: alley

              Vij's is worth any discomfort you might feel.

            3. My short answer is No - its totally not worth it. Head to Vij's or Cru (right in the same neighbourhood) for much better experiences. Better chance of chatting some fellow diners up at Vij's. Tojo's is close too. Enjoy!