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Mar 28, 2011 08:35 AM

Visiting 4/28-5/2 - Recommendations For Eats?

Hi there,
I will be visiting on business and to see my dad at the end of next month, and was looking for a few dining recommendations. I used to live in Vancouver many years ago and am somewhat familiar with the city, but am looking for the must-eats since I was last there in 2005. Money is no object and we enjoy all cuisines from high to low. If it helps to narrow it down, we will be staying near Stanley Park, but will have a vehicle available for trips further afield.

Potential places I had considered so far are Salt, Vij's (or Maurya), Kingyo and that's about where I ran out of ideas. Beyond the places I'd mentioned, I would like some suggestions for a great dim sum place (I will be working in Richmond during the day on Friday and Saturday, so either downtown or Richmond are fine) and also a great sushi bar. Anywhere else that you think I should eat would be appreciated, too.

I have a lobster/crab allergy, but am hoping spot prawns will be in season by then because I love them. One of the people in my party also has a nut allergy, so we are keeping that in mind, too.

I have the following meals available:
dinner on Thursday
dinner on Friday
breakfast/dinner on Saturday
all meals on Sunday
breakfast/lunch on Monday

Thanks in advance for the info!

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

871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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  1. Salt is great and lots of fun...not really a full meal though. More of a big snack.

    Vij's is awesome...huge lineups though and no reso's. You could go next door to Vij's which is fantastic as it is also owned by Vij.

    Sushi bars:
    Octopus Garden

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

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    1. re: waylman

      Spot Prawn season usually opens the first week of May.

      I don't see Go Fish on your list-looks like you could only do Sunday lunch though-might be crowded down there.

    2. Xiaolongbao = Long's Noodle House (Main & 33rd)

      Dimsum = Top Gun J&C (Richmond)...also has a Japanese sushi chef on site...

      German/Filipino = Fraser Park Restaurant...a bit hard to find, may need a GPS...a diner only opens between 7am to 1:30pm Mondays to Saturdays...


      Long's Noodle House
      4853 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3R9, CA

      Fraser Park Restaurant
      4663 Byrne Rd, Burnaby, BC V5J3H6, CA

      1. Thank you for the suggestions so far! The nut allergy is also fish-averse, so I will probably be going out for sushi with my old man before my boyfriend arrives on Friday night.

        Go Fish is likely out (unless they have non-fish items for my boyfriend to eat).

        Are there any good places to get shaved noodles?

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        1. re: mochapj

          I like all the noodles at Peaceful (except the cat ear ones which aren't made in house IIRC).

          Agree re Kimura for sushi since you have a car and time to make a reso for omakase. At $30 it is a great deal, and sitting at the bar in front of the itamae provides added entertainment value.

          Vij's (way) over Maurya if you can pull it off. Go early, and be prepared to wait, particularly since you are talking a weekend night. See other threads for advice on how to do this :-).

          The dimsum question is tricky. There are many good places, all of whom specialize in certain dishes. Since you are not leaving for a bit, would you have time to research a little and let us know if any of the places mentioned recently appeal? Then maybe we could narrow it down for you better. Also are you looking for "traditional" dimsum or do you want a more "modern" take? You can make your choice even harder if you include Shanghainese dim sum which is done quite well here too I think :-).

          Go Fish is pretty full on fish and it is in a little shack by the water with no covered seating, worth keeping in mind at this rainy time of the year.

          Salt is fun but pricey ($80 for two for what was really just a snack, not much in the way of cooked food). I prefer Gudrun in Steveston for that kind of "dining" as it is a nicer setting and could be combined with a touristy day on Sunday in this area (I believe they are open Sunday).

          1. re: grayelf

            Greyelf, thanks for the suggestions. I was leaning more towards Vij's than Maurya, having reviewed all of the menus and finding I like Vij's better.

            In terms of dim sum, I don't really know too much about it, but I would like to try something traditional like a soup dumpling and another friend of mine recommended a kind where they are shaving pieces of dough off a large block of noodle into a hot basin of broth. I looked at the menu for Long's Noodle House and it seems like it would suit me nicely.

            Go Fish will likely be nixed due to my boyfriend's aversion to fish, and Salt was mostly because we have a similar concept restaurant in Toronto that he really enjoys, so I figured he would probably like it too. Having looked at Refuel's menu though, I think I like the sound of it better.

            Other than that, I am all ears. I personally have to stop for at least one Japadog while I'm in town, and I'm also curious whether the food at Kingyo is any good, or whether it's just a "trend" space.

            Thanks so much for the recommendations!

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

            871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

            Long's Noodle House
            4853 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3R9, CA

        2. There are lots of dim sum recommendations on this board, but I think the top recommendations of late have been the Jade in Richmond and the Good Choice on Fraser (and 47th Avenue (I think). I also like the Fortune at 41st and Cambie in the shopping center there, especially for steamed dim sum.

          On the Chinese dinner front, we've had some very good meals of late at Ho Yuen Kee, also on Fraser and for an excellent "hole-in-the-wall" the Peaceful on Broadway at Cambie. Any of the Kirins are fine, if you are looking for seafood and a more upscale experience

          Our Favorite non-Asian at the moment include:

          Davie Street Brasserie (sort of Alsacian) at Thurlow -- very casual. Buck a shuck oysters after 9 pm and consistent, hearty French bistro food.

          La Quercia in Kits -- wonderful Trattoria-style Itallian.
          La Buca -- similarly casual but very good Italian.
          Refuel -- recently downscaled but still excellent casual West Coast food -- great place for spot prawns.
          Cioppino in Yaletown -- Elegant Italian, bring tons of money.
          Hawksworth -- David Hawksworth's soon to open restaurant in the new Georgia Hotel. Given what we remember about his work at West, it ought to be a smash.

          La Buca Restaurant
          4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

          La Quercia
          3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA

          Ho Yuen Restaurant
          8338 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC V6X4B5, CA

          West Coast Cafe
          5142 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria, BC V8Y2K5, CA

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          1. re: Peter Rodgers

            szechuan chongqing on broadway is good for dim.
            La Buca,
            hapa izakaya.

            La Buca Restaurant
            4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA