Two Weeks For Food in Vancouver Region - Hows this list?
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 :)
Blue Water Cafe
Guu With Garlic
Observatory Grouse Mountain
Red Blue Fish
Bump n Grind
BREAKFAST (I need many more :) )
Sooke Harbour House
Grancille Island Market
Richmond Night Market
Les Ami Du Fromage
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA
3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA
1465 Kootenay St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA
1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA
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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.
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.
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.
1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA
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
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.