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Apr 14, 2011 06:17 PM

Lunch near(ish) to the Oakridge Mall

We are driving up from Bellingham, WA with some friends for the Ikebana show at the auditorium at the Oakridge Mall. Could someone recommend a fun/interesting place for lunch on Saturday in the area? Like around the neighborhoods of Oakridge, Fairview, Shaughnessy?

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  1. Head north towards Cambie and 16th-ish and you will find a number of interesting spots - namely Pied a Terre for casual bistro food. If you like Chinese food - Tony's Beef Noodle (across from Oakridge) serves decent Taiwanese Beef Noodle soup.

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    1. re: fmed

      Thanks for the suggestions. We're not interested in Asian food for this trip. Pied a Terre sounds great, but we found out it's not open for lunch on weekends.

    2. What cuisine(s) do you favor ? # of people ?

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        There will just be 4 of us. For this trip, we're not interested in Asian cuisines or "family" restaurants or chains. But other than that, we're pretty open: French, Italian, Latin, or just someplace with great salads and sandwiches.

        1. re: toadgirl

          Hi Toadgirl,

          You might find a good destination in the neighborhood of Kerrisdale, which is but only 2 miles west of Oakridge Mall, if you travel along W. 41 Ave.

          There, you'll find a several non-Asian options:

          Secret Garden Tea Co.
          Fish Cafe
          Avenue Grill
          Red Onion
          George's Pizza & Steakhouse
          Faubourg Bakery

          And down south along W. 57 Ave just east of W. Boulevard is Senova,

          Kerrisdale offers a quaint village-y feel, a bit like Queen Anne in Seattle, or Fairhaven Village in B-ham, our own "home away from home"

          Urbanspoon Vancouver gives you a good rundown of each resto, along with blog reviews and users reviews:

          All the best !

          1. re: LotusRapper

            Oh this looks perfect, LotusRapper! Thank you so much. We subscribe to dance performances at the Vancouver Playhouse, so we usually eat dinner downtown. This is the perfect chance to explore another neighborhood. Thank you again for your help.

            1. re: toadgirl

              Hope you find something there that'll please everyone.

              Weather is supposed to be sunny tomorrow. If interested, after lunch from Kerrisdale you can head west (keep going along W. 41 Ave) towards UBC to MOA (Museum of Anthropology) for some touristy stuff:


              And drive down Point Grey Road along the north end of UBC down to Jericho Beach for some scenic walk and drive.

            2. re: LotusRapper

              If something Mediterranean strikes your fancy, check out the Gaia bistro in Kerrisdale

              Enjoy your visit!

              1. re: kinnickinnik

                Ah yes, right beside the Fish Cafe. They're sort of new-ish, right ? You been ?

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  I don't know if I would recommend Gaia bistro as a "destination" dining spot. It's not bad -- it's a place that I would consider dropping by if I get hungry while in Kerrisdale, but not somewhere I would choose in advance.

                  Senova is not bad, but kind of blah to me.

                  If you change your mind on asian food (or would be interested in very good sushi) I would recommend Aji Sai. One of the top sushi restaurants in the city, imo. Living in Kerrisdale, this is the only restaurant that I frequent.

                  Another option could be Rangoli (which is about 10 minutes from Oakridge) and has reasonably priced indian. I really like the portobello mushroom, but there are a few dishes there that are very well done, imo.

                  Senova Restaurant
                  1864W 57th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6P1T7, CA

                  1. re: sobbuh

                    Thanks for the input. I'm the only one of our group who loves Sushi.
                    Any thoughts from anyone on Minerva?

                    1. re: toadgirl

                      Definite pass from me. Below average Mediterranean in an outdated restaurant.

                      I'm not sure what your timeline is, or if you'd be interested in brunch, but there are a couple of places I would recommend, both located very close to Oakridge.

                      1. Seasons in the Park (brunch 11:30-2:30); You could walk around Queen Elizabeth park, the food is generally good (sometimes great), but not particularly extravagant or exciting -- another plus is the amazing view.

                      You can take a look at the menu here:

                      2. Shaughnessy restaurant in Van Dusen Garden; the food is generally good. The park is undergoing some construction, but I think it would still be nice to walk through. Brunch 11-3 on Saturdays. Link to brunch menu:

                      Not really food destinations, but the experiences at both are always good in my experience.

                      Seasons in the Park
                      Queen Elizabeth Park, 33rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M5, CA

                      1. re: sobbuh

                        I enjoyed my dinner at Shaughnessy. I also enjoyed the Cheshire Cheese in but haven't been there in a long while.

                        I've also heard good things about Henry's at 25th & Oak.

                        Cheshire Cheese Restaurant & Bar
                        123 Carrie Cates Crt, North Vancouver, BC V7M3K7, CA

                        1. re: sobbuh

                          I would second the recommendations of sobbuh above.

                        2. re: toadgirl

                          Minerva ....... an "Aye"-talian resto that's been there forever. And it's actually a time machine, bringing you back to oh, the mid '80s (with demographics of that numerical value). Don't recommend.

                          MIght want to give Suvai on W. 41 a try, tho, if they're open for lunch.

                          1. re: LotusRapper

                            South Van will be a bit clogged up tomorrow with the Vaisakhi celebrations/parade on Main/49th/Fraser.

                            Expect travel anywhere south of 25th to take more time as volume finds it's way through other 'hoods.

                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                              Wow! Thanks for the heads up. I had no idea.