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Dec 20, 2010 05:41 PM

Make Dec 25th to 31st a culinary success!

My mother and sister are visiting Vancouver for the Christmas week (25th-31st) and I'd love to pick your collective brains on where to eat. We're looking for perhaps 4 or 5 choices, reasonably affordable, and restaurants that highlight the strengths of Vancouver's dining out scene.

My family is from Montreal so we'd like to avoid French, Greek, Italian, etc. I'm thinking: a Japanese/ramen noodle type restaurant, an Indian restaurant, a seafood restaurant (dungeness crabs?), perhaps Mongolian, Thai, or Malaysian? Something downtown-ish would be preferable. We're not too concerned about fanciness - we just want good food at reasonable prices.

I'm going to keep searching the board, but I'd loveto pick up a few suggestions.


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  1. Might want to check on holiday hours, especially for Xmas day and NYE. Anyways, IMHO Mongolian, Thai and Malaysian is really weak in this city. If you had to go somewhere for Malaysian, I'd go with Banana Leaf on Broadway, not the one downtown on Denman (

    As for ramen, you might as well go to the mothership, Ramen Santouka on Robson! But if that's closed or busy, there's Benkei also on Robson just across the street and down the block towards Denman, or there's Kintaro and Motomachi Shokudo on Denman near Robson (both within a block of each other). And you must have an izakaya experience since you're here as well. I'd recommend Kingyo, Zakkushi or Guu with Garlic, all in the same area as the ramen places. Be prepared for a loud, noisy, but fun environment which works better if you're all drinking....not sure how fun that is if you're with family though... :P

    Have a great holiday!

    Motomachi Shokudo
    740 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G, CA

    871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

    4 Replies
    1. re: flowbee

      Agree with flowbee on all points. If you can venture away from downtown a bit you could sample some of the Shanghainese options which I think are pretty strong here. Shanghai Village is great for lunch, as is Ningtu (also for dinner) and Lin's can be very good if you order judiciously. The other option would be to hop onto the Canada Line and head to the source, Richmond... then your Chinese options would really open up.

      Ningtu Restaurant
      2130 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N2T5, CA

      Shanghai Village
      3250 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W4, CA

      1. re: flowbee

        Would it be appropriate to bring a teenager to an izakaya?

        1. re: debmom

          If my parents took me to an izakaya for dinner when I was a teenager, I would have been stoked. Highly appropriate I would say.

          1. re: peter.v

            Thanks, I've added it to our list of restaurants to try!

      2. Ramen Santouka like what others said... but if it was closed.. i would have to say Kintaro would be the next best thing..

        Yoshoku-ya (a few steps away from Kintaro) is also a nice change. Real Japanese Comfort Food.

        You can't say you've been to Vancouver without trying one of our izakaya joints. I suggest Gyoza King, Guu on Robson or Garlic, and perhaps Ebisu ???

        The Place Restaurant serves up really affordable and delicious Shanghai Food.

        Phnom Penh will also please all. Or hit up Bao Chao for the bestest spring rolls !!

        838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

        Gyoza King
        1508 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C2, CA

        1. Thank you all for the excellent replies thus far. My mother is also following this thread (we're all very excited about enjoying the local food) and she would also appreciate recommendations on restaurants that are heavy on the vegetables and seafood. Any cuisine will do!

          We all appreciate your input. In exchange, I will take pictures of the meals we eat, and post reviews online for the sake of community, and of course for posterity!

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          1. re: shawnziii

            Looking forward to your report.