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Looking for a great Spanish/Basque restaurant in Vancouver

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I've got a Basque friend here on an extended stay. I'm looking for recommendations for a restaurant featuring Basque food (if there are any). Alternatively, a great Spanish restaurant might suffice.

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  1. ¡Hay muy poco!

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      That's what I thought, Perhaps I'll try to knock up something myself :)

      1. re: hrhsheba

        Here's a relevant thread (Mis Trucos and Cafe Barcelona)
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671926

    2. the one that comes to mind is La Bodega, although i have not been

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      1. re: vandan

        La Bodega is a good choise. If a Tapas Bar is OK (ie they have nothing more elaborate than traditional jamon, pintxos and tapas) - Barcelona Cafe (with the caveat that this place has very mixed reviews)

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        La Bodega Restaurante & Tapa Bar
        1277 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1R3, CA

        1. re: vandan

          Having grown up in Vancouver , I find going to La Bodega is like going to MacDonald's: you forget why you haven't gone in a long time and about 3 seconds after you take your first bite you remember why.
          There is definitely room in the Vancouver restaurant scene for a solid, creative, Spanish tapas restaurant.

          1. re: lunchslut

            Agree 100%. I looked forward to Cafe Barcelona's opening for that reason...however, they only really do tapas. I would love to see a wider restaurant menu.

            1. re: fmed

              I hear ya, ls :-) but I'd still rather go to LB than CB. If you know what to order and have good luck with the cooking at LB you can have a pretty decent meal (patatas bravas, hearts of palm, lomos de cerdito, garlic prawns, pincho moruno, some of the offal) and I don't hate the sangria. Agree that it would be great to have better options...

        2. http://www.baru.ca/ ?

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          1. re: ck1234

            The food @ Baru has nothing to to do with Spain or the Basque region, it started as a sort of Latin American fusion place with decent food and some odd management quirks (see Dinehere.ca for details)

            Looks more like a bar than ever now but haven't been in for a while.

          2. Has anyone ever been to La Masia in Surrey? http://www.lamasiarestaurant.com/menu... I know the OP is looking for Vancouver but if you're desperate and this place is any good...