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May 17, 2011 09:41 AM

Vancouver trip with 9 year old daughter

I am taking my daughter to Vancouver in September for the Taylor Swift Concert. We are going to be staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel. She is a pretty adventurous eater and can tolerate mildly spicy foods. She LOVES japanese food, italian and seafood. I'm pretty excited for the trip as it is our first mother/daughter trip and I get to try some new restaurants as her dad is not as adventurous eater as she is. We are flying down on Friday night, although may be staying with friends in Surrey for the night and heading into downtown Vancouver on Saturday morning. We'll likely do some shopping along Robson during the day on Saturday, go back to the hotel to get ready for the concert and go out for dinner beforehand. The concert is at 7 pm.

I'm looking for recommendations for a good lunch spot on Saturday and dinner before the concert. I was thinking of a japanese spot for lunch, either around the Pan Pacific Hotel or in the area of Robson. I prefer a spot with a good bento box as we like to be able to share lots of different items. Neither one of us are huge eaters but like lots of variety when we go out for japanese. We usually split a bento and get one or two more items, depending on the contents of the bento. And always an extra miso soup as it is one of my daughters faves. I was looking at Miyako Sushi, which seems close to the Pan Pacific. A few other places I was considering are Miku, Guu, Kingyo and Shuraka Sake Bar, but am unsure if those restaurants fit my location or bento box requirements.

As for dinner, I was wondering if there are any spots either close to the Pan Pacific or the Rogers Arena that has a good prix fixe menu as we'll be dining around 5 pm. I was considering Chambar as it is close to the Rogers Arena. Of course, I'm looking for a place that will be accomodating to a child. She rarely orders off the kids' menu and I will likely look at a meal for us to share with perhaps an extra appy...not sure how restaurants view people sharing if I do find a good restaurant with a prix fixe menu.

Thanks any recommendations/help that you can give!!

838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

Miku Restaurant
1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

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  1. Guu Garden (on Howe at Nelson) has great bento boxes at lunchtime, though it's a few blocks from the area you mention. I *believe* that the other Guu locations also do bentos at lunch, but I haven't been myself so hopefully someone else can confirm that. The nearest Guu to the Pan Pacific is probably the Gastown location (Guu with Otokomae), though the original Thurlow location is also not too far and is close to Robson.

    I don't have any specific recommendations for prix fixe in that area, but I will say that my fiance and I pretty much always share dishes when we go out to the nicer places in the city and it's never been an issue - so I wouldn't worry about that at least.

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    1. re: jerkstore

      Forgot to mention that I am looking for a japanese restaurant with sashimi/sushi served as this is another must for us to have when we go out for japanese.

      1. re: newbie5

        All the Guu locations have a fresh sheet with various types of sashimi, though I'm not sure if it's limited at lunch as I normally go for dinner...there are a few types of sushi on the menus too (I'm thinking specifically of the pressed sushi at Guu Garden...yum) though not really your typical sushi-chef-prepared nigiri, don't know if that's a dealbreaker for you.

        Edit: oops, just noticed Sam Salmon posted almost the same thing :S

        1. re: newbie5

          ok, Newbie5, I've posted this before talking about sushi in Vancouver.
          I love it and go almost every time I'm there, several times a year.
          it's on Davie and Seymore and it's called Yamato's.
          If I knew how to link my photos from there I would but don't so I can't post pix from my phone.
          if your daughter is into burgers, burgers of any kind, any kind of meat and poutine to die for, you gotta take her and you ( :} ) to Vera's burgers is also on Davie street.
          You both should really enjoy it there that time of year, it's a knockout

      2. I could recommend Lupo or Cibo for good Italian food nearish to the arena with a prix fixe menu. They actually both do an "early bird" prix fixe precisely catering to people who have event tickets to go to afterwards.

        Both also do lots of antipasti, primi or secondi options that can be used to augment a prix fixe.

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        1. re: islandgirl

          Izakayas generally have Bento boxes on offer @ lunch in fact that's what most of what's on the menu.

          I have had 'some' Sushi/Sashimi @ various Guus for lunch as well-your choices as mentioned will all work and it's been Guu Garden that my fave of late (and not just because I work in the same building).

          838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA