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Nov 9, 2009 04:23 PM

Best Vancouver restaurants -- what's to be discovered?

Westworld magazine posted its list of Vancouver's best restaurants.
They've included the ones that we all know Vij's, Salt, Cibo, Uva, Nuba and the likes, but I feel like their list is a litlle weak. These ones get so much attention already and I've heard about them before. I'm curious to know about some unknown places that are a bit off the beaten path. I'm heading to Vancouver in two weeks and want to find some great Korean and perhaps Turkish restaurants. Maybe Chow users can help me again.

Incidendentally, there seems to be naming trend in Vancouver. All the great restaurants are one word. Is that true?

Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

Nuba Cafe
322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA

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  1. This list is a bit facile...and it doesn't include Fuel.

    Here are my quick and dirty recs of lesser known, but stellar places:

    Korean - Insadong (Coquitlam), Hanwoori (Burnaby)
    Turkish - Anatolia's Gate (Burnaby)

    Bo Laksa King (a true hole-in-the-wall - a counter in a grocery store)
    Prayag Raj (Gujarati)
    au petit chavignol (charcuterie and wine)
    Song Huong (Vietnamese - specifically Bo 7 Mon)
    Seri Malaysia (Malaysian)
    Argo Cafe (un-classifiable)
    Phnom Penh (actually quite a well known place...Cambodian)

    Seri Malaysia Restaurant
    2327E Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L1V6, CA

    Song Huong
    2408 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5N, CA

    au petit chavignol
    845 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

    Prayag Raj
    3293 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R5K4, CA

    5 Replies
    1. re: fmed

      fmed, can you expand on Prayag Raj? I've seen this location transform into many different restos (and Zebop record rental for us ol skool-types) over the years. Because of that, I don't frequent a place that I know will be gone within a year, although I think Prayag Raj is just over a year old.

      1. re: el_lobo_solo

        I have been there a few times - though not in a number of months. Though I have had mixed reviews of late, I think it is still a worthwhile place to eat since Gujarati food is a rarity:

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          Just poppin in to rave on about La Buca -- we always go to the one on MacDonald as it is so near. Recent Chowdown there netted a great meal and two stellar dishes (ravioli and duck). Do a search if you are interested in more ramblings about it...

          La Buca Restaurant
          4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

        2. re: fmed

          La Quercia for Italian. Lovely food, intimate setting, a little out of the mainstream.
          Maenam for Thai - does for Thai food what Vikram Vij did for Indian.
          For really off the beaten track, Google 12B, and give them a shout (but only if you can gather some like-minded friends).

          Vij's Restaurant
          1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

          1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

          La Quercia
          3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA