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May 22, 2011 07:22 PM

Aussie Chowhound visiting Vancouver


I'll be in Vancouver for 3 nights mid-July and looking for some recommendations on the best cuisine Vancouver has to offer - hope you can help!

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  1. Hey tony, we need more info about you. Price range? Where you're staying? Own transport/public? Likes/dislikes? Help us help you find good tucker, mate!

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    1. re: grayelf

      Hi Grayelf

      Thanks for taking the time to reply. I've got 3 days in Vancouver before rafting for 12 days on the Tatshenshini - so I'm looking for some good food before "roughing it!" With respect to price range - I don't mind - I expect to pay for quality. I won't have transport and will stay somewhere central - possibly the Fairmont but am open to any suggestions. My favoured cuisine is French, Italian and Pacific Rim. As you might know we Aussies are fairly adaptable and easy to get along with so more than happy to hear of your favourite haunts!

      Thanks again....

      1. re: tony_brisbane

        My favourite Italian is La Buca, which is a bit of a schlep from your hotel. Next for me would be Cioppino's which is rather closer and rather dearer :-). I don't eat much French but have enjoyed both La Brasserie and Pied a Terre, both fairly casual and not too pricey.

        How do you feel about Japanese? We have some pretty decent sushi here, and our izakaya are a lot of fun and would be close to downtown if you stay there.

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

        La Brasserie
        1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

    2. I would second La Buca (20 min taxi from Fairmont properties in downtown/CBD Vancouver) and Pied a Terre (15 min taxi from downtown, or 15 minutes by transit). For French, I also like Bistrot Bistro, which is about 10-15 minutes taxi or 15-20 minutes by transit from downtown).

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

      1. another recent thread mentioned Bishops, which is on West 4th Avenue; easily accessible by transit from our CBD. John Bishop has long been considered the father of contemporary regional cuisine. From the philosophical and sourcing perspective, I know he's a cool guy; but I've never eaten at his restaurant.
        Raincity Grill has a very local-sourced philosophy; it's located near the beach at Denman and Davie Streets. The beach scene in July could be entertaining, too.

        Raincity Grill
        1193 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1, CA

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        1. re: KarenDW

          Good call on Bishop's re the Pacific Rim request, Karen. I have eaten there and it is (dare I say) a bit like going to Chez Panisse in Berkeley in terms of seeing where a lot of these ideas originated here. A very grown up room too.

        2. My fav in town is Blue Water Cafe (seafood/sushi are specialties but their meat dishes are also fantastic). Very expensive!

          Cioppino's (Very expensive but top notch. La Buca is also good but not really in the same league)

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

          1. For French, I would recommend Le Crocodile. Here is some pix of the lunch I had there in Decemeber.


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