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Xmas Eve dining in Vancouver

Rhythm.Angel Dec 10, 2010 07:14 PM

I am looking to find a a place to go for a semi-romantic Christmas eve dinner... Sounds fairly simple I know, but I have dietary issues. I don't eat red meat and I am gluten intolerant so I need to find a place that isn't just steak oriented and is gluten-free friendly.
I'm looking to stay in the downtown Vancouver area, hopefully within walking distance of Times Square Suites. And, ideally, I'd like to not be paying an arm and a leg.

Thanks in advance!

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    ck1234 Dec 10, 2010 11:23 PM

    Coast Restaurant (downtown) is gluten free friendly, however, I don't know if they are open Xmas eve. You will need to check with them. Their menu prices are reasonable.

    You may be at the mercy of hotel restaurants on that day though.

    Joey's Bentall 1 (downtown) also has a gluten free menu but again, you will have to check with them for Christmas Eve. http://www.joeyrestaurants.com/food/b...

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      fmed Dec 11, 2010 09:45 AM

      Thinking the same thing: hotel restaurants (eg Diva). Could do a quick check using OpenTable - then if the restaurant is open, then phone for a reservation and gluten-free check.

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      ck1234 Dec 11, 2010 05:40 PM

      How about Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons? It's a set menu for $85. Here's the menu:


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        Rhythm.Angel Dec 14, 2010 09:39 PM

        Thanks, but that's a little on the pricey side for me. =)

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          ck1234 Dec 14, 2010 10:00 PM

          Oops, I forgot that you said no arms & legs in your post. I was just thinking about possible gluten-free food on Xmas Eve when I put that up.

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        ck1234 Dec 11, 2010 06:57 PM

        Market @ Shangri-La is doing Xmas Eve too. I'm sure there are some gluten-free items you could have.

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          Sam Salmon Dec 11, 2010 08:15 PM

          Rice doesn't have gluten and there are dozens of choices within striking distance.

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            KarenDW Dec 12, 2010 11:56 PM

            @ Sam: but soy sauce is usually fermented on wheat, and so contains gluten. One of my gluten-intolerant friends regularly takes his own wheat-free tamari into Chinese and Japanese restaurants.
            @Rythym.Angel: Hotel restaurants and chains may be the most "able" to accommodate a gluten-free request, and be open for dinner on Christmas Eve.

        2. grayelf Dec 14, 2010 01:44 PM

          This is a local blog post that list places open Christmas Eve/Day, some of which might fit the OP's criteria: http://www.foodpersuasion.com/2010-ho...

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            Rhythm.Angel Dec 14, 2010 09:41 PM

            Thank you everyone for all your suggestions and recommendations.
            I had The Tea House in Stanley Park suggested to me, and checked it out. The carrot soup and creme brulee are both gluetn-free and I can request some of the turkey that was cooked without stuffing. =D
            I think we'll be looking for somewhere to eat on Xmas as well, so I'll look into all of your suggestions. Again, thank you all so much!!

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              ck1234 Dec 16, 2010 11:21 AM

              I just received this:

              Gobble up some turkey on December 24, 25 and 26.

              Don’t feel like cooking this holiday season? Well fear not, because we're serving up three days of Christmas feasts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

              Hot on the heels of our sold-out out Thanksgiving turkey dinner, our three-course Christmas dinners will feature a candied yam soup with crème fraiche to start, followed by roast turkey with all the trimmings (stuffing, whipped potatoes, brussel sprouts and gravy), and a traditional Christmas pudding for dessert – all for $29.

              Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 604.569.3415 or visit www.thecornersuite.com to reserve a table.

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