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May 8, 2010 07:11 PM

Walking distance from Canada Place recommendations?

One night in Vancouver before a cruise. Staying at the Fairmont Harbor Hotel. What is uniquely Vancouver/Canadian that is in walking distance from this location?

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  1. If you mean the Fairmont Waterfront in Coal harbour ( the 'u' is almost uniquely Canadian ).

    Then pickings are slim, that part of town is were we shove all the tourists and folk at conventions. and where weird chefs take their restaurants to die. A short walk East or south and things start looking up, If they offer a uniquely Canadian or Vancouver experience i`m not overly sure what that may be. Izakaya perhaps ?? But i hear from a good source that they have them in Japan too. We have lots of over PR'ed mediocrity masquerading as the latest installment of cool, if you buy in to any of that non sence.

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    1. re: Gaseous Clay

      I hear you about being in the middle of short-time tourist zone, and yes you are right it is the Fairmont Waterfront.

      So please, tell me about what we can find a few blocks away. Don't like hip or kool; just authentic local favorites. The kind of places you go back to again and again, and maybe even have just one or two things you keep ordering there. Food matters more than setting. I am liking the sound of Vancouver being the dim sum capitol of BC. We will get mass and volume on the ship. So a little exotic finesse before we leave would be great.

      1. re: glbtrtr

        Good suggestions by LS. You could go for dim sum at Kirin Restaurant @ 1172 Alberni Street. It is one of our better places for dim sum.

        Edit: Oh, I see LS posted about Kirin, I didn't see that and it's true, you might not be able to get dim sum if you are going for dinner.

    2. I would consider Gastown walking distance and the neighborhood holds some great choices. What is uniquely Canadian is the lack of native food choices. Here are some solid choices:

      Guu Izakaya -(Japanese Izakay tapas style food)
      Pourhouse and Irish Heather (Irish Gastropubs)
      Jules Bistro - (Casual French)
      Cobre - (Latin Fusion)
      Salt - (Charcuterie and Wine)

      Not in Gastown:
      Victoria and Kirin -(Chinese -- Dim Sum is a morning thing so you may not find dim sum items on the dinner menu)

      Of the list. Victoria Chinese Seafood restaurant is the closest to the Fairmont...

      Jules Bistro
      216 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B2K8, CA

      Cobre Restaurants
      52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA

      Kitanoya Guu With Otoko Mae
      375 Water, Vancouver, BC V6B1B8, CA

      Salt Tasting Room Ltd
      45 Blood Alley Sq, Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

      Irish Heather
      212 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B2J1, CA

      Pourhouse Restaurant
      162 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, CA

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      1. re: lunchslut

        We had a great meal recently at Judas Goat - which is also in Blood Alley.

        1. re: fmed

          Where is "Blood Alley"?

          This restaurant is getting some good reviews. Think we are narrowing things down to dim sum or something else "ethnic" as you suggest which is what makes Vancouver dining unique. And again something we can walk to -- just for the chance to get about the city for the few evening hours we have there before we depart on the ship the next day.

          1. re: glbtrtr

            Blood Alley is in Gastown - and close to the cruise ships. As far as ethnic in that area - the best you can hope for are simulacrum of ethnic food there. (Oru at the Fairmont is a prime example).

            For the good stuff, you have to travel a bit - East Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond. There are a few good places uptown - but nothing really good downtown where you are. Other than the already recommended Kirin and Victoria Chinese.

            1. re: fmed

              If you consider Japanese ethnic (I no longer do) - then the Guu that lunchslut recommended is good and close.

            2. re: glbtrtr

              I think you are going to have a hard time finding Cantonese dim sum at dinner. Shanghainese dim sum or snacky items are available all day at the restos that serve it but I don't know of any downtown that are recommended. You'd have to cab or bus...

              1. re: grayelf

                How about using the Canada Line metro from the Harborfront stop and then walking to some better choice restaurants from there? Shanghai dimsum is what we are after, not Cantonese.

                Also, are there any easy to get to Japanese restaurants that have a revolving conveyor belt for sushi choices?

                1. re: glbtrtr

                  check out this link for places in Richmond via the Canada Line:

                2. re: grayelf

                  Kirin on alberni is the only chinese resto downtown that gets decent to good reviews. and it is more canto fare. so no shanghai or other chinese derivatives.

                  You can find Oru's menu online. the reports i've seen havent been flattering. stll I'd wouldnt dismiss oru. it is innovative for asian influenced food.

                  consider checking out japadog...

                  sound like maybe ur thinking dim sum at Kirin for lunch and Guu Izakaya for dinner... about 10-15 minute walk

                  838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

            3. re: lunchslut

              Looking at the Guu website and see there are different menus for different locations. Not really familiar with Japanese food beyond the standard items.

              What would be some good choices at the Gastown Guu to sample for a total meal, leaving room for dessert too.

              If there are two people, are these sharing dishes or just enough for one person?

              1. re: glbtrtr

                Guu Gastown is the most fusion-y of the Guu's. Izakaya dishes are tapas-sized so four or five dishes to share is about right for two people. Tofu Salad, Grilled Gindara, Scallop Carpaccio, Tataki, Ebi-mayo are a good introduction to this cuisine.

                To complete the Gastown Guu experience - order a couple of "Jump" drinks - which are these crazy cocktails made with frozen balls of alcohol, Ramune, fruit, etc... Their drinks are light - not a lot of alcohol.

            4. FMED, i copied your wonderful list from 2009 for the Canada Line "Orient Express". Cany you copy and star the ones you most highly recommend that are also within easy walking distance from the metro stops (something easy for a one-day tourist to find)? Thanks!

              Aberdeen Station
              -Aberdeen Mall Food Court
              -Northern Delicacy (Northern/Shanghai, Aberdeen Mall)
              -Fisherman's Terrace (Dim Sum, Aberdeen Mall)
              -Golden Spring Sichuan No 3 Rd
              -Golden Szechaun (Sichuan-HK, No 3Rd)
              -Sea Harbour (No 3 Rd)
              -HKYK Hotpot (No 3 Rd)
              -Vougue (Sexsmith - a bit of a distance...another 10-15 min by foot)
              -Rainflower (dim sum, 3 Rd)
              -Yaohan Center Food Courts
              -Parker Place Mall Food Courts (and Dragon's Beard maker)
              -Shiang Garden (Behind Parker Place)

              -Alexandra Rd ("Eat Street" - a bunch of izakaya, Korean, Chinese bars and restaurants, some are maybe 15 mins away by foot)
              -Viva City (Dim Sum)
              -Mak's Noodle House (Alexandra Rd)
              -Bonqula (Japanese fusion, Alexandra Rd)
              -Northern Dynasty
              -Sun Sui Wah (No 3 Rd)
              -Northern Dynasty (Alexandra Rd)
              -Jade (Dim Sum Alexandra Rd)
              -Gingeri (Dim Sum Lansdowne Mall)
              -Shaghai Wonderful (Lansdowne Rd)
              -Top Shanghai (Ackroyd)
              -Dinesty (Acroyd Rd)
              -Soul Robata (kushi/izakaya/sushi, Alexandra Rd)
              -HK BBQ Master

              Richmond Center
              -Kirin (Westminster Hwy)
              -Empire Seafood (Westminster Hwy)
              -Shanghai River (Westminster Hwy)
              -Richmond Public Market Food Courts
              -Chen's Shanghai (Park Rd)
              -S&W Pepper House ( Sichuan, No 3 Rd)
              -Mui Garden (HK Cafe, Minoru)
              -Szechwan Restaurant (Sichuan, Saba Rd)

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              1. re: glbtrtr

                My top recs for each station:

                Aberdeen Station
                - Aberdeen Centre Food Court, Fisherman's Terrace (Aberdeen Centre ) President Plaza Food Court (specifically "O'Tray" - look for the "The Art of Roujiamo" thread here), Golden Spring Sichuan.

                Lansdowne Station
                -Viva City for dim sum, The Jade for dim sum or dinner

                Richmond Centre
                -Shanghai River, Chen's, S&W Pepperhouse

                1. re: fmed

                  Thanks so much. Which of the metro stops offers the most scenic neighborhood for getting the flavor of this part of Vancouver?

                  We have quite a bit of time before our plane leaves after we get back from our cruise so it looks like heading out to these spots on our way to the airport makes good sense.

                  Still leaves our evening in downtown Vancouver near Canada Place up for grabs but there are some good possible choices from the recommendations here. Most likely some place in "GasTown" - tourists that we will be.

                  A fellow cruiser says he always gets the clam chowder at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Any thoughts about that or is it just hype because I have rarely found hotel food to be worth it, except maybe in Hong Kong or Bangkok.

                  1. re: glbtrtr

                    If you are asking about Richmond...then there really isn't a scenic stop. Richmond is all stripmalls and malls. Not at all unlike any suburban American city - but with Chinese signage everywhere.

                    The "scenic" neighbourhoods are towards where you are - Gastown, Yaletown, Downtown, etc.

                    I rarely eat at Hotels here....but Yew, Cibo and Diva are pretty good hotel restaurants.