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Apr 22, 2010 10:57 PM

10 weeks with a per diem ... staying in Coal Harbour

I'm here on a project at the international headquarters of my company. They've put me up in a condo at Broughton and Pendar, with a small pile of money each day for food. $55 Canadian, I think ...

I'm a NYC chowhound, looking for some good dining experiences here in Vancouver. Whadaya recommend that I can walk to. Looking for rec's on Omakase, BC wine, hand pulled chinese noodles, and anything else that will complete my Vancouver epicurean education.

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  1. I'm envious. You'll eat pretty well.

    Have a glance at this thread for some ideas...then post back:
    and this

    Scroll back through the last number of threads. Just keep posting when you are finally here and we can help you out with specifics.

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    1. re: fmed

      that's a great collection of info. Haven't had time to sift through all of it, but will (I've got until the end of June) and will be back for more specifics.

    2. Done OK so far, I think. Though with these ridiculous wine prices my per diem doesn't travel as far as I'd like.

      Guu with Garlic: loved the energy of the place. Best dish for me, the Tako Wasabi.
      Benkei Ramen Noodle Shop (on Thurlow) for lunch ... I'm well on my way to completing the card for a free bowl.
      Coast: lunch, had the "his" fish and chips/chowder combo lunch ... New England Clam chowder was excellent, as were the fish and chips.
      Irashiai Izakaya: it's across the street from my building, and I found it pretty good, though it seems quite empty ... kind of out of the way, not much foot traffic
      Crime Lab: for a bowl of seafood chowder, Caesar drink specials, and a Cannuck game
      O'Douls for wine and jazz ... pretty good selection of BC wines and the staff is great
      Transcontinental Restaurant at Waterfront Station: lunch with my colleagues, company picked up the tab ... mehh, nothing special.
      Go Fish: had Green Curry coconut seafood chowder and a grilled marinated scallop with wasabi mayo and caramelized onions sandwich ... spectacular.
      Legendary Noodle (on Denman) had a great bowl of soup.
      Maenam for Thai, lunch.

      Headed to Hapa Izakaya tonight, and Samba (a Brazilian Churascuria on Alberni) on Friday ... suggestion of a friend, though the reviews I've read are mixed.

      Still want to do Omakase (Octopus Garden???) and more seafood.

      Hapa Izakaya
      1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C1, CA

      O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar
      1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, CA

      Legendary Noodle
      4540 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X2C2, CA

      Crime Lab Restaurant
      100 - 550 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H1, CA

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      1. re: Marine Engineer

        Your best bet for Omakase in or near downtown is Octopus' Garden. More seafood - how about oysters at Rodney's or Joe Fortes.

        Or (thinking out of the box here...) - Spot Prawn season is virtually here. It officially starts on May 8th. Buy a couple of lbs of live prawns from somewhere (eg T&T Supermarket or even Granville Island - you can get them now at $12.99/lb and it will go down to about $8/lb in a couple of weeks). Buy some beer or wine, then boil the prawns for a mere couple of minutes and eat.

        (You can of course have Spots at restaurants - watch for specials on Twitter. The most bang for the buck can be had at Chinese restaurants.).

        Keep up the great reporting!

      2. Making progress.

        Hapa Izakaya was great. Very tempted to do Omakase there.
        Samba the Brazilian churrascuria ... I ate too much, but it was mehhh, nothing special. The dancing girls? OK, I like hot girls in bikinis with feather headress things, but ... this ain't Rio here we're talking about. Meat was fine, salad bar was mediocre ... grilled chicken hearts were the best of the meats.
        Papaya Hut after church on Sunday with some new friends ... local, cheap, spicy ... beef red curry and I was happy

        12B at an undisclosed location ... this was a great meal. 5 courses, I brought some BC wine which went well with the food, Chef Todd's place is very cool. Trying to convince him to take his show on the road to NYC ... see if it happens.

        Joe Forte ... just some reconnoitering ... sat at the bar, had some BC wines and mulled over the menu, will give it a whirl one of these days.
        This, compared to the wine room at Joey Bentall 1. Across the street from my office. 60 wines with some nitrogen contraption, hot waitresses and no soul, no authenticity, an no return business from me. Met a friend for lunch there, which was fine if unremarkable, and thought I'd give the wine room a try ... but not my type of place.

        Next of importance on the list is Chambar.

        And doing a poutine crawl this Saturday, I think the venue of choice is La Belle Patate.

        Hapa Izakaya
        1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C1, CA

        Papaya Hut Restaurant
        2435 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6J3J3, CA

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        1. re: Marine Engineer

          Did you weigh yourself before arrival?

          1. re: Tinfoilhat

            this is a concern. Especially since, though I have a kitchen, it's barely outfitted and I have no seasonings/etc. to cook with, so meals are either out or prepared foods [Urban Fare, et. al.]

          2. re: Marine Engineer

            "doing a poutine crawl this Saturday"

            May God have Mercy on your waistline!

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Can't wait to hear about the poutine crawl! I stood across from La Belle Patate on Saturday with a bag full of pastries I had just purchased from Cho Pain and had to say no... one day I will get to BP but looking forward to living vicariously in the meantime.

              If you haven't, you might want to take a gander at this poutine in Vancouver thread which I started expecting one or two responses:

              now_me_hungry's adventure is impressive as you will see...

          3. I did a quick pass through Salt Tasting Room and Judas Goat, the best of BC with wine pairings at Salt, and the Sweetbreads at Judas Goat, with a glass of the Syrah. Both places are great, I like the menu at Judas Goat (and the mural) but the venue at Salt. And hate the uncomfortable chairs.

            Did lunch at Brioche, absolutely brilliant. Asparagus soup with goat cheese, Caesar salad, and the ham, mushroom and brie panini ... their combo thing. Didn't eat anything else for the rest of the day.

            Did a mini wine crawl ... started at Uva ... nice space, mostly Italian wines, their specialty cocktails looked good as I sat at the bar and watched them being built. A glass of wine at Whino's, I walked past it early Sunday morning, thought I'd give it a try, but it was a pub more than a wine place, guys drinking bottles of bud while watching the Cannucks. In and out with a glass of the Zinfandel. Next, and this is a place I'll come back to for dinner, was Twisted Fork. I really liked the space, warm wood, a sort of farm house motif. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable ... the prices were good. If I remember correctly, their entire wine list is BC wines ... had a glass and also had a Brutus, their take on the Caesar, with a pickled brussel sprout, dill, pretty good.

            This afternoon is the poutine crawl, maybe 7 or 8 of us to La Belle Petate for a mix and match poutine tasting, then drinks at Sylvia's?

            Twisted Fork
            1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

            1. Poutine crawl was fine. I had the "extreme" poutine at La Belle Patate, my colleagues had various poutines, and all were satisfied. It's pretty filling, and makes you feel sluggish an hour later, but at the time ... yum!

              we moved on to Sylvia's bar, where I had the Sylvia's Caesar, not as spicy as some others I've had but a pretty good cocktail.

              Today, after church, I had a bite at ReFuel. Sat at the bar. Definitely sit at the bar, you can watch the whole kitchen function. I had the broccoli soup, a watercress/new potato salad, and the roast bone marrow. The bone marrow was amazing ... I'm still thinking about it.

              Not sure what I have planned this week ... next weekend I'm headed to Seattle for a party with some friends, so mid week ... maybe the Koon Bo chowdown if work cooperates.

              And Chambar at some point.

              My GF is coming in from NYC for Thurs-Sun 20-23 May ... suggestions ?

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              1. re: Marine Engineer

                How about some dim sum in Richmond? Take the Canada Line out to Aberdeen Station and have dim sum at Sea Harbour or Fisherman's Terrace (inside Aberdeen Mall).

                How about the famous Vij's for modern Indian? (It's controversial here on this board).

                PS - on Koon Bo - I'm locking down attendance Monday. I hope you can make it!