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Hello !

Heading to Vancouver in Late Aug / Early Sep for two weeks. Have done a bit of research as to what I might like to see

I have been living in Hong Kong for the last year, so so see a fair few Asian places here.

Will also make some small side trips to Victoria Island, and Whistler

Let me know of any other suggestions. Happy to try anything- food type or price - but particularly looking for éxperiences'or great vibes etc..... hard to describe, but there comes a point where food can only get so good, and its the other parts that take it higher....

It a fairly long list atm - I need to cull it down :)

Cheers

DINNER

First Choices...

Vij

Blue Water Cafe

Guu With Garlic

Kimura

Tojo

Boneta

Chambar

Boneta

Octopus Garden

Bishops

Observatory Grouse Mountain

Market

others.....

Honjin

Salt

Kirin

La Quercia

La Abbatior

Le Crocidile

Peckinpah

Kingyo

Bin 941

Red Blue Fish

CAFE/COFFEE

Thomas Haas

Elysian

Argo Cafe

Cafe Artigiano

Bump n Grind

Re Entry

Dolcetto

49th Paralell

The Templeton

Sweet Obsession

BREAKFAST (I need many more :) )

Twisted Fork

Medina

Templeton

STREET FOOD

Japadog

Kaboom Box

ReUp BBQ

La Brasierre

Romaing Dragon

VICTORIA

Sooke Harbour House

FOODSTORES

Grancille Island Market

Richmond Night Market

Bosa Foods

Cioffis

Les Ami Du Fromage

Moccia

Fujiya

Gourmet warehouse

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

Guu
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

Kingyo
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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

Bosa Foods
1465 Kootenay St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA

Twisted Fork
1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

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  1. Looks like you've done your homework: no real dogs on here though there are some that are not personal favourites. Re breakfast/brunch, it's not great in Vancouver generally and anywhere half decent will have (long) waits after 10 on weekends. Specifically, the only thing I like at Templeton is the mangled eggs, I was unimpressed with breakfast at Twisted Fork and Medina hasn't been doing it for me the last couple times. Dolcetto and Re-Entry are closed.

    I understand living in HK will have exposed you to lots of Chinese/Asian but it is definitely a strong point here so let us know if you want any reccos for that after all.

    Re Vancouver Island, you might want to mention where you are going as it is relatively large. Then local Hounds will be more able to chime in with useful suggestions.

    1. Coffee...I would pass on places like Templeton and Sweet Obsession and instead focus on proper coffee bars like Elysian, 49th,, etc.

      Dinners...The Observatory might be fun. I haven't been in years. I thought it was touristy and not really a food destination, however, I heard recently that the food had improved.

      Street Food...I would add Fresh Local Wild (similar to Kaboom Box because of a shared history between the two). I like La Brasserie's chicken sandwich. I haven't been thrilled by any the taco trucks or the BBQ Trucks (eg Re-up, Roaming Dragon, etc). Japadog is like the Eiffel Tower - you have to get your picture taken in front of it. It is just a hot dog with interesting toppings...but it is genius in the way they managed to create an international buzz. I like it.

      Richmond Night Market is not a food store...it is more of a junk and street food bazaar. And coming from HK, it will not impress (eg comparing to Temple St, etc).

      You should add Bella Gelateria for some of the best gelato enywhere.

      If you are going to Victoria, then post again for specific recs from the locals there. But this will get you started: Primastrada, Ulla, Stage, Zambri's, Fol Epi, Pink Bicycle...and more.

      1. Thoughts on breakfast: my most recent outings to Seb's (on East Broadway) and Dockside (Granville Island Hotel) have both been quite satisfying, although at opposite ends of the dining spectrum. Seb's is a casual diner-like cafe, on a busy street. But the omelette was light and flavorful, served with rye toast; the coffee quite good. At Dockside, I really enjoyed my water view, as well as the indulgence of un-rushed service, another delicious omelette, wifi and, again, quite acceptable coffee.
        I've not sampled the breakfast/brunch at Twisted Fork, although I'd like to. They only serve breakfast on the weekend, and there is ALWAYS a lineup. In recent years, there hasn't been anything at the Templeton which I would have again.

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        Twisted Fork
        1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

        1. Blacken, are you staying downtown?

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          1. re: KarenDW

            Staying close to Robson Square

            Seems to be a few of the above places nearby I think. Robson Street and Gastown seems a shortish stroll away.

            Happy to take taxi's anywhere. But I'll presume there not as easy to get as HK

            Hmm one thing I always end up forgetting to look up is Laundromats locations :) Any suggestions?

            Am starting to discount some of the big mainstream restaurant sites a bit. I try to place more emphasis on forums where there back and forwards comments on places.... Or on the quality food blogs

            The problem is sifting through all information.... but ended up doing it well for a recent trip to Tokyo, and another a couple years ago for USA

            Cheers

            1. re: Blacken

              For Victoria, be aware that Sooke Harbour House is a 40-60 minute drive (depending on traffic) from the city centre, along a very windy, narrow road. Also, their wine program has REALLY suffered in recent years.

              Victoria's food scene is generally pretty static. I like Shine for breakfast, and the new location downtown on Johnson and Blanshard might just be open by then.

              Coffee at Discovery (2 locations) is always good. Habit is pretty consistent too.

              I'll second fmed's recommendation for Primastrada. They have good pasta dishes, sides and salads as well as pizza. Also, the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month they are now offering a 5 course regional Italian tasting menu. The featured region changes every month.

              I'm also a big fan of the tacos at Hernandez (weird location, but good food). Their housemade corn tortillas are great, and I particularly love the beef tacos (when available). Ambience is not special though. Maybe a better place for lunch than dinner.

              Stage on Gladstone Ave is always pretty consistent. It is a small plates and wine bar so you can sample quite a few different things.

              Not a food destination for Clive's Classic Lounge is a great place for cocktails.

              Have fun.

              1. re: Blacken

                There is a Laundrette next door to Cafeteria on main street, Quite the fun place for a casual dinner . if you time it right you could get your ginch washed while you eat.

            2. Welcome to Vancouver!

              I would take out Honjin on your list. Was not impressed with the last visit, they messed up our order of black cod, which is almost a fool proof dish.

              I would recommend Aki's for lunch, great Robata and Miku (sushi bar only) or Ki for dinner.

              Other restaurants for you to consider in the Downtown: La Brasserie, Cioppino and Hawksworth

              Also street food in Vancouver is very expensive in comparison to other places in the world similar to sit down places. I would add Feastro the Rolling Bistro to the list.

              Not sure if this would interest you but it sure did my Aunt from Hong Kong, she was obsessed with White Spot especially after I told her the chain began in Vancouver. I think there are Whitespots in HK and thus the interest.

              As for laundry you might be screwed, most laundromats I know of are in West End which is a bit of trek from Robson square or in the sketchy/dodgy Downtown eastside. All the condos in your area have in-suite laundry so no need for area laundromats.

              Based on your list I recommend renting a car if feasible.

              Happy Eatings!

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

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

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              1. re: moyenchow

                In terms of removing stains from clothing both Hot Sox on Denman and Swan on Burrard are well regarded among the most inept of red wine drinkers and clumsy hot dog chompers.

                http://www.yelp.ca/biz/hot-sox-laundr...

                http://www.swanlaundry.com/index2.html

              2. This looks like alot of fun... Got any feedback on it?

                Araxi outdoor table.

                http://www.araxi.com/longtable.html

                Cheers

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                Araxi Restaurant + Bar
                4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

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                1. re: Blacken

                  This thread should help you out if you haven't seen it already:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/800742

                2. Nice list. My $0.02

                  As a visitor there is likely pressure to do Tojo's but I would resist. It's just not that great an experience. If you want another sushi restaurant I would try Miku or Zest. Or maybe do Blue Water but stick to sushi.

                  You should definitely add Hawksworth.

                  I think Boneta and Chambar are sort of similar. Maybe try Bao Bei instead.

                  In Victoria I'm a big fan of Brasserie L'Ecole

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

                  1. Agree with the recommendations for Hawksworth as the perfect splurge night. Bishop's is right up there, in fact they are my two favorite Vancouver restaurants right now.

                    I've been one of Kimura's regulars pretty much since he opened, and find lately it's not as good a it once was for rolls. He never seems to have real crab and often only has farmed Atlantic salmon, though he did have some Sockeye last week. He used to have Japanese rice as well, but now only seems to have California. That said, a young woman and her grandmother sat at the table next to us last week and had an omakase that went on and on, definitely not the one he offers on his menu, which is good value and fun to have with a group.

                    The east side Les Amis du Fromage is a great store, and may be more convenient depending on where you are staying. Also on the east side is Big Luu's a new butcher shop that serves amazing sandwiches. You can easily combine a trip to both these and a stop at Gourmet Warehouse.

                    Bosa Foods is a fun Saturday afternoon excursion. I'm not so mad about Cioffi's, though it's in my 'hood I find the deli crowded and a little frantic. Their butcher shop is good for certain things, but if you're ever looking for Italian sausages, walk up the street to Rocky's. I thnk their sausages are much better than Cioffi's.

                    In Victoria someone recommended Brasserie L'ecole. I used to go there whenever I was in Victoria, but since they introduced their no reservation policy I've been going to Cafe Brio more. You may want to check them out as well.

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                    Gourmet Warehouse
                    1340 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L, CA

                    Bosa Foods
                    1465 Kootenay St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA

                    Cafe Brio
                    944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V3K2, CA

                    Brasserie L'ecole
                    1715 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W1Z4, CA

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                    1. re: bonlee

                      Kimura's rice source changed perhaps due to this http://bit.ly/np03Fe . Source of fish undoubtedly changed for the same reason.

                      1. re: fmed

                        Thanks fmed; this helps explain some of the changes. Kimura is still my go-to sushi place.

                        I also want to second your recommendation of Fol'Epi bakey in Victoria. They rock.