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blkery May 11, 2011 08:00 PM

My significant other is taking me to Vancouver for my birthday next weekend. I have no idea what to see/do/eat. We'll probably be staying downtown. I have a lot of questions!

I really want to go to Vij's, even though we'll be there on a Friday and Saturday night. Doable, do you think? How does Rangoli compare?

I'd also like to have a lot of Chinese, but I'm more into Sichuan and Hunan than dim dum and cantonese. Any recommendations there?

Guu, Hapa, or something else for izakaya?

Any underrepresented Asian cuisines I should try, like Malaysian or Laotian or ?

Aside from eating, what do you recommend visitors do? We're looking for things that are physically active or culturally intriguing.

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

Guu
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

  1. waylman May 12, 2011 08:06 AM

    Vij's is a good choice but be prepared for a long wait unless you line up before it opens. Rangoli is excellent but is much more causual and the menu is shorter. Rangoli for lunch would be a good bet.

    I'll leave the Chinese recommendations to others or just do a search...tons of recent info on that here.

    As for things to do check out Stanley Park. You can walk around in there for hours...go check out Granville Island and the markets there. Stop by for fish and chips at Go Fish when you are at Granville Island!

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

    1. j
      jerkstore May 12, 2011 08:52 AM

      As waylman said, Vij's will be a bit of a wait, though generally you can wait in the lounge area where they serve drinks and bring around free snacks, so it's not all bad!

      Would definitely recommend visiting one of the Guu locations (Kitanoya Guu on Thurlow is my favourite, though I don't think you can go wrong with any of them). Hapa is ok but I find it overpriced. If you're planning to hit more than one izakaya Kingyo and Zakkushi are also good options.

      Maybe a bit of a trek, but IMO the best Hunan restaurant in the lower mainland is Alvin Garden in Burnaby (I suspect many other hounds will agree). Not exactly top for ambiance but the food is great.

      As far as things to do, there's plenty of hiking to be done on the north shore, around Grouse or Mt. Seymour, though the weather of late has been pretty terrible so it might be soggy and miserable up there. A walk around the seawall/through Stanley park is the classic option not too far out of downtown.

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

      Kingyo
      871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

      Zakkushi Japanese Restaurant
      823 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L7, CA

      Alvin Garden
      4850 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J, CA

      Guu
      838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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        bagler May 15, 2011 12:04 PM

        One of the best is a Burmese place, Bo Laksa. So fine, and one of the cheapest eats in town. The other place I always take out of towners is Long's noodles on Main for life-changing XLB.

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