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We are nearing our trip to BC. We are from Central California do most of our fooding in SF/Bay area. We will be going to Vancouver, Whistler and Tofino. All of our days in Vancouver are weekend days. We have made reservations at Blue Water Cafe, but not sure if some of our other choices absolutely need reservations. We want to have some flexibility as we are in and out of Vancouver with trains, and ferries etc. We will not have a car but can walk for miles for good food and will use public trnsportation. Will do Richmond and Granville Island during day time.

Some of our choices based on reading this board for weeks. Just the two of us.

Kirin for dim sum, Sat or Sunday afternoon.

Maenam for a dinner.

Chambar for a dinner

Kingyo and maybe Guu with garlic, for Izakaya crawl

Refuel, Judas Goat, Cru, Bin 941/942 for a wine bar small plates experience.

So if any of these places would be next to impossible to get in on Fri, Sat or Sunday without a reservation fill me in. Also if you think more than a day or two in advance is needed.

Thanks for all the ideas and really looking forward to it.

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Guu
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

Kingyo
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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

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  1. Always helps to have reso for dimsum, if they take them. Not necessary to call much in advance...

    Maenam and Judas Goat are pretty small. I think I'd want resos at both. Probably not a bad idea for Refuel and Cru too come to think of it. Bins don't take resos so prepare to wait unless you go at opening.

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    1. re: grayelf

      From my experience, reservations for dim sum can be no better than walk-ins in terms of wait times. This varies by restaurant. All I'm saying is try not to plan a tightly-scheduled day if dim sum (even with reservation) is part of the itinerary.

      1. re: LotusRapper

        Good point, LR. I've had pretty good luck with ds resos, but I've heard some nasty stories from others.

    2. will probably wait till we get there to make more res and see what weather is doing wheret we want to go sight seeing etc. No tightly planned days, food comes first, if we see something fun or cultural coming or going great. That's the way we roll. Thanks.

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      1. re: scfinson

        You mentioned Richmond. It might be fun to do an "Asian public market food court crawl". Notable public markets are:

        1) Yaohan Centre
        2) President Plaza
        3) Empire Centre
        4) Parker Place
        5) Richmond Public Market

        #1-4 are all situated along #3 Road (main arterial through downtown Richmond) between Capstan Way and Alderbridge Way. #5 RPM is on Westminster Hwy, one block east of #3 Road. So all are within walking distance of each other, albeit the environment is far from being pedestrian-friendly, then again, after such gluttony a big dose of physical movement is prudent.

        Gray did her "tour of duty" just recently:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7152...