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Sep 13, 2010 09:41 PM

Downtown Dinner recommendations

will be in Vancouver for a long weekend the end of sept, getting about on public transportation.Some of the restaurants and bakeries I used to enjoy have disappeared over the years, like the little bakery and pastry place on Granville and smythe, Goulash and the old German place on Robson. Some rouladen would be great -- any German recommendations? And fish--maybe some sturgeon or eel --does anyone serve columbia river eel or is there eel from the Fraser river?? There is Japanese, Chinese and Mexican food nearby and other Asian food so I'd look more for foods I can't get locally. Recommendations for cheese shops? Looking forward to your ideas....thanks

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  1. Never seen any Pacific NW Eel on any menu here, nether is there a commercial Sturgeon harvest on the Fraser so it's a rare item on local menus.

    Bakeries-too many to count try the Transylvanian place for something different.

    There's also Transylvanian Flavour restaurant on Broadway near Arbutus

    Mount Pleasant Cheese up on Cambie

    Mount Pleasant Cheese
    3432 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z, CA

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      There was sturgeon on the menu at Blue Water in June, unfortunately -- it was pretty bad.

      Cheese stalwart in town is Les amis du fromage, good selection but bring money. You have to cross a bridge from downtown (can't think of any good cheese places downtown).

      I've had eel a few times this summer but not sure of the provenance at Chinese restos and of course it is available in Japanese restos (fresh and sea water) but OP is not looking for those cuisines.

      Second the Transylvanian Traditions rec but mainly for the kurtos kalacs. Been enjoying some tasty baked offerings at Cho Pain on Davie lately, and am dead stuck on their Eccles cakes.

      Two German possibilities: La Brasserie (Franco-German really) and Jagerhof on Lonsdale (also across a bridge), but not sure if either would have rouladen, and I haven't personally tried the latter yet.

      There's also "The Danube at Hastings and Boundary. The owners used to run Budapest on Main St. The menu is well priced. They serve my favourite schnitzel in town. Good goulash and a few other Eastern European classics. The place is bright and airy - with high up skylights and glass all around." Fmed Aug 2010 This is not downtown either but could be accessed by transit relatively easily.

      La Brasserie
      1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

      1. re: grayelf

        I was curious about rouladen and La Brasserie too. They don't have it. Also checked the William Tell (Swiss) and neither do they.

        1. re: el_lobo_solo

          There's a limited Sturgeon harvest on the Columbia River I've seen it around from time to time and Yes it looks dodgy.

          The nascent Sturgeon farming industry here and in the USA kicks out a few carcasses from time to time after the fish have been sexed/eggs have been stripped maybe that's what Blue Water was flogging.

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            Could be, Sam. My SO quietly and determinedly tried to talk the guest of honour out of ordering it, bless his nascent 'Houndiness, but to no avail. I didn't actually partake but this is a person who is a voracious eater, not hugely picky and quite easy to please, and he left most of it on the plate. Bleh.

            I couldn't find a menu for Jagerhof online but maybe worth a call. They are touted as having "other European specialties," though primarily a schnitzel house it would appear.

            Jagerhof Restaurant
            71 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7M2E5, CA

    2. The "old German place on Robson" ..... now that takes me down memory lane. That'd be Old Bavaria Haus, which has since moved to New Westminster on 6th Street, and who does have rouladen :-D Must be 2001/2002 when I was last there.

      Note that Bavaria Haus is only open for dinners.

      Another local German spot (I've not been to) is the Alpen Club's Deutsches Haus on Victoria Drive in Vancouver, near 33rd Ave.

      Both restos have their own websites.

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Obviously I didn't read the thread title carefully and didn't notice your "downtown" criterion for location. But Alpen Haus can be reached directly by bus if you take #20 Victoria from Richards St. or Granville St in downtown:

      2. I recommend The Danube on Hastings and Boundary - take the #135 SFU Bus eastward.

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        1. re: fmed

          You guys are great...looking forward to trying your recommendations.. The vancouver bus system works well for me to get around...Last time I was there and asked the driver a question about my destination. other passengers overhearing my question formed an ad hoc committee to advise me about lunch, make sure I got off at the right stop etc.. wonderful....


          1. re: penche

            Uh oh, must have been the Chowhounders charter bus .......

            1. re: penche

              If you are already downtown, then I will echo grayelf's recommendation of La Brasserie for German (Franco-German).

              La Brasserie
              1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA