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astaylor May 17, 2011 02:04 PM

Coming back to YVR for the better part of a week, have a number of free nights to sample the best of what Vancouver has to offer, and some of those nights I will have company from one to up to six additional diners.

I guess what I want to know is what is really good in Vancouver these days..
Vij's is a must for me..
Is Salt worth the visit?
Blue Water for sushi?
What about Chambar?
Never been but obviously know about Lumiere - should I go?
Why is Market not getting any press?
Are there local gems not on the popular radar worth checking out?

If you had 4 nights to pick anywhere in the city to eat, budget not an issue, but also not of the mind that a big bill equates to a great night (case in point is a place I frequent when in Toronto called Enoteca Socale - probably the best Italian this side of Venice, but I can't budge the bill past $150 for two no matter how hard I try..), where would you go?

Thanks for guiding me...

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

Lumiere
2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

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    clutterer RE: astaylor May 17, 2011 02:22 PM

    Lumiere is no more, so that's an easy question to answer. Dale Mackay's new place, Ensemble, is now open.

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    Lumiere
    2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

    1. waylman RE: astaylor May 17, 2011 02:33 PM

      Salt is great if you like wine and charcuterie...don't expect a full meal though. More of a big snack!
      Blue Water is awesome. Sushi + everything else is top notch.
      Chambar is good - food can be inconsistent though. Also, the room can get very loud which turns some off.
      Lumiere is closed. The old chef has opened up a new joint called Ensemble. I haven't been yet.
      Market is alright - nothing to write home about.

      4 nights anywhere?
      Blue Water
      Cioppino's
      Le Crocodile
      Boneta, L'Abattoir or La Quercia

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

      Lumiere
      2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

      Le Crocodile Restaurant
      909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

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        astaylor RE: waylman May 17, 2011 03:01 PM

        See what happens when you don't pay attention? May check out Ensemble (the old chefs new place), will research the others and report back..

        Thanks for the recs!

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          clutterer RE: astaylor May 17, 2011 04:45 PM

          I've been to Ensemble: it's less upscale than Lumiere (I mean, pulled pork sliders are on the menu). It's not quite a "must visit" place (unless you're a Top Chef Canada fanatic), but it just opened last week and probably needs some time to settle into a groove. They play the tv show while you're eating, which just seemed ____________.

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          Lumiere
          2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

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