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Vancouver - 3 days down memory lane

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I lived in Vancouver for 6 years and moved to the US 3 years ago. I will be back in a few weeks and have 3 days to eat myself stupid (er).

Way back when, I would have chosen these restaurants as "must visits" to anyone asking for suggestions. They are not necessarily the fanciest places but the best of Vancouver as I saw it:

Vij's
Go fish (on a nice day I just loved the experience)
Chambar
Blue Water
Cioppinis (sp?) in Yaletown
Bin 941

Whats changed. Are these still the ones or is there a must try?

I am also looking for the best place to get a) shanghai soup noodles and b) szechuan food close to downtown. Any ideas welcome.

Many thanks.

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Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

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  1. Moz - all the ones you listed are still around and upholding their reputation. But from other accounts, I've heard Blue Water may be a bit inconsistent. Maybe others can confirm this.

    Many newcomers in town now. Too many to list. Also food trucks have come on the scene. And many more Japanese ramen places in downtown and south of False Creek side.

    Can't think of a "best" shanghai place downtown. Closest ones to downtown would be:

    Lin (Broadway@Granville)
    Long's Noodle House (Main@32 Ave)
    Peaceful Restaurant (Broadway btwn Cambie & Ash, across from new London Drugs)

    TONS of new Shanghai and Szechuan places in Richmond, seems like a new one opens up every month:

    zoom into Richmond and you know what I mean:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp...

    And:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp...

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Don't forget Shanghai Village at 16th and Cambie -- pretty close to downtown and pretty good, especially for lunch.

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

      1. re: grayelf

        OMG, SV is a stone's throw away from me and yet I forget !

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Prolly cause you're not near it at lunch time :-).

          1. re: grayelf

            My office is v. close to Alvin Garden, tho' :-)

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Jealous -- my SO gets out there more than me because he travels around the lower mainland for his work too.

    2. I heard Go Fish is temporarily closed? I'm probably wrong about this ...

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      1. re: bill_n_opus

        Yes the parking lot is being resurfaced and the shack has been moved -the Good News is work is ongoing.

        (604) 730-5040 for reopening details.

        1. re: bill_n_opus

          Sign there says they'll re-open in February. Maybe they're taking a looong tropical vacation !