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Suggestions Needed for Yaletown and Gastown

We're making our second pre-cruise visit to Vancouver, arriving on Friday and sailing on Sunday. We're interested in seeing something of Yaletown and Gastown while we're there. I'm looking for a good breakfast place in one of those areas for Saturday and/or Sunday morning, and/or maybe some place for Saturday evening. We love most Asian cuisines, especially Japanese/Sushi and Vietnamese - and Italian.

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  1. Deacon's Corner for breaky (Gastown), Lupo or Cibo for dinner (Yaletown). If you have money to burn and want to see what the fuss is about, Blue Water for the raw bar (Yaletown).

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    1. re: grayelf

      At the outskirts of Gastown (technically in Crosstown - not far at all) is Medina for breakfast/lunch. The Acme does a decent breakfast too. None of the Asian restaurants in Gastown or Yaletown are great, unfortunately (except Blue Water's raw bar for sushi).

      1. re: fmed

        Medina a much better plan for LA hounds -- good call fmed. I did not love my one breakfast at Acme but that was mainly because I thought the value wasn't there -- the food prep was okay given their limited resources.

        1. re: grayelf

          Agreed about Acme.

          For good Asian - not tooo far in Chinatown is Phnom Penh (Cambodian/Vietnamese). The only truly good Asian restaurant in Chinatown. If you like "modern Asian" - you may want to check out Bao Bei for their various takes on Shanghai, Taiwanese, and other regional classics. I'm wasn't a huge fan of the food when I tried them (four times), but I really should give it another shot as it has been months since I have eaten there. I hear from people I trust that they have improved. They also have a good bar that serves some great cocktails.

          1. re: fmed

            Last time we were there we had some good sushi at a small sushi bar near the Blue Horizon Hotel, don't remember the name. We'll probably go back there for sushi, but if there is some good Pho around, we might do that for lunch.

            1. re: PamsterLA

              AKI on Thurlow between Robson and Alberni has been there for at least 15 years (still in basement) and quite likely as good as I've experienced many years ago.

              There are two GUU's on Robson (one at Thurlow, other down lower Robson towards Denman) ...... are izakayas and not sushi, but nevertheless good:

              http://www.guu-izakaya.com/gastown.html

              There's also Gyoza King on lower Robson.

              Not sure if there is good pho worth recommending in downtown proper. If possible, venture out to Kingsway and do a pho crawl between Fraser St. and Knight St, a section teaming with pho joints.

              1. re: LotusRapper

                FWIW, had dinner at Aki a couple weeks ago. Not bad but not great. One tasty grilled mackerel and an outstanding grilled nigiri were the high points. Very smoky inside.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Hmmm, maybe they've lost their lustre ?

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    A little bit. They lost some experience behind the grill and the grill is no longer charcoal like it used to be. For sushi - very good traditional nigiri (as grayelf described above). Aki is more about the grilled fish - cod cheeks, and other fish cheeks/collars are my favourite orders there.

                    1. re: fmed

                      So maybe one could say they lost a bit of their ....... glow [grins]

                      1. re: fmed

                        Actually didn't have any sushi -- it was a grilled Onigiri that I hearted. Here's a fairly crap pic.

                         
                2. re: PamsterLA

                  Miko Sushi on Robson is close to your hotel and is good.

                  No good Pho downtown. Chau is a 'modern' Vietnamese place that may serve decent pho. Never had it there, and my one experience there was middling.

                  Plenty of decent ramen there, though...including a branch of Ramen Santuoka (two locations in LA area. I'm assuming you are from LA from your CH nickname - so you may be familiar with the ramen there.). Other options are Benkei, Kintaro, Motomachi Shokudo.

                  Also plenty of izakaya - including two branches of Guu Izakaya - which are forum favourites.

                    1. re: fmed

                      I forgot Hapa Izakaya on Robson, and Kingyo on Denman just south of Robson.

                      1. re: fmed

                        Yes, Miko Sushi was where we had sushi on our last visit and we did think it was good.

                        Yes, we are from LA.

                        Looks like izakaya is a favorite. Maybe we'll give a Guu izakaya a try. I'll definitely bookmark it for reference.

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                        Guu
                        838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

                        1. re: PamsterLA

                          If you have the energy and belly space - do a crawl down Robson and hit 2 or 3 izakaya (Guu Thurlow, Guu with Garlic, Hapa, Kingyo, Zakkushi, etc)

            2. As for Japanese in Gastown, I strongly recommend Guu Garlic:

              http://www.guu-izakaya.com/

              Never fails to please us.

              Miku, a fairly recent resto downtown (I have not been to) has been favorably reviewed here:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7065...

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              1. re: LotusRapper

                i was gonna suggest miku as well.\and oru at the fairmont.

                1. re: betterthanbourdain

                  +1 on Miku.

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                  Miku Restaurant
                  1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Checked the website - it does look good. Although we frequently avoid chains, we may still go with this one.

                  2. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions!! There was lots of rain, so we didn't really get everywhere we hoped. Places we did try were:

                    Joe Fortes - fish & chips lunch was VERY good.
                    Miko Sushi - as good as I remember
                    Tomahawk BBQ in North Vancouver for breakfast - about what you would expect. Not worth the cab ride from Vancouver, that's for sure.
                    G Sports Bar - for the USC game
                    Lupo - my ricotta gnocchi with pork cheeks was good, my husband's special of salmon and scallop was incredible.
                    O'Doul's Restaurant
                    Fogg N' Sudds was festival headquarters - chosen for their assortment of beers

                    We had a very nice stay and ate some very good food. Next trip is Seattle.

                    Thanks for you help.