2 specific downtown questions
A friend will be staying at the Wedgewood for a couple of days soon. In the past we had enjoyed the restaurant there, Bacchus, but have not been for several years. Is it still good? Friend is a single woman but I am sure she would be comfortable there (especially since she will be a guest at the hotel).
Second, she want to enjoy sushi/sashimi (she's from Oklahoma so there ain't a lot of fresh salmon there!). Where should we send her in that area (we usually go to Ajisai and other places south of False Creek). Guu etc along Robson or where downtown and walking distance from the Wedgewood?
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA
Bacchus is the perennial winner of the "Best Lounge" in the Van Mag awards...I think it won again last year. I've been a few times but only for drinks. Not really my kind of place, however.
A few sushi recs downtown:
Miko (with an "o" at the end) - Robson St has very good sushi.
Miku (with a "u" at the end) in Coal Harbour (W Hastings) has good sushi too - with an aburi (blowtorch) specialty (though I hear they offer fewer of such items nowadays - haven't been in months)
Kaide - I recently re-discovered this place. Also very good.
ShuRaku - for a more modern twist. Good sake selection too.
Bacchus is what it is: a slightly more upscale hotel lounge/restaurant. The food's not bad, same with the cocktails, and there shouldn't be anything to feel uncomfortable about. But it's a hop, skip and a jump away from Hawksworth, which is far better.
Another sushi/sashimi idea is Sushi Mart on Robson, by the Santouka. You order at a counter, it's very low frills (no exotic fish or rolls to be had here), and the fish was remarkably fresh when I went.