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ISO lunch spot downtown Vancouver for relatives

grayelf Dec 14, 2011 03:19 PM

I'm a bit stumped and hope y'all can help. I'm looking for a weekday lunchspot that would suit a gang of 8 of my aunts and uncles, all in their 8th decade. It should be quiet(ish), and not too exotic. Close proximity to either the Bay or Waterfront skytrain stations is a must. Any ideas, Hounds?


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    vandan RE: grayelf Dec 14, 2011 04:41 PM

    What kind of food and what budget ?

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      vandan RE: vandan Dec 14, 2011 04:45 PM

      As there is/was a place in upper level Bay

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      lunchslut RE: grayelf Dec 14, 2011 05:45 PM

      How about Pourhouse near the corner of Cambie and Water St? It was the favourite of the octogenerian in our family.

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        waylman RE: lunchslut Dec 14, 2011 07:45 PM

        Pourhouse and eight 80 somethings? Maybe they can all sit at the bar. Now that I have to see!

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          lunchslut RE: waylman Dec 17, 2011 02:51 PM

          We had an office Chrismas lunch at Pourhouselast year---if the can accommodate a table of 20, 8 should not be an issue.
          I really like the suggestion of Yew as well.

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        kinnickinnik RE: grayelf Dec 14, 2011 08:01 PM

        I'm quite fond of Yew for lunches and brunches, if budget allows. The room is nice and airy, and it's generally easy to converse (though on a couple of occasions blowhards on a business lunch created too much noise pollution).

        Cafe Pacifica in the Pan Pacific would afford a nice view.

        1. grayelf RE: grayelf Dec 14, 2011 10:44 PM

          Some nice options here, thanks, and all very close to what I was looking for despite my vague post ;-). Another Hound suggested Market to me as well. The $35 lunch sure looks like good value and it sounds like it hits my other benchmarks. Any thoughts on it?

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            fmed RE: grayelf Dec 15, 2011 04:20 AM

            +1 on Market.

            How about Griffin's for the buffet? I'm not a fan of the place, but the I see a fair number of elderly there.

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              LotusRapper RE: fmed Dec 15, 2011 05:09 PM

              I like the buffet @ Griffin's ! Well, let me re-phrase that, I like the dessert buffet that comes with the regular buffet ;-)

              GE, how's Water Street Cafe ? Pretty quiet IMHO. And cheap lunches too:


          2. KarenDW RE: grayelf Dec 15, 2011 12:36 AM

            My mom and aunties (in their 7th and 8th decades!) like Mosaic at the Hyatt (Burrard Station), especially the chocolate cake gifted to any birthday honorees. Are any of your group celebrating a birthday?
            As for Yew... absolutely lovely for weekend brunch; I'd expect nothing less for a mid-week lunch.

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              fmed RE: KarenDW Dec 15, 2011 04:21 AM

              The Yew is a great suggestion too! I haven't been to Mosaic.

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                grayelf RE: KarenDW Dec 15, 2011 08:57 AM

                No birthdays that i know of but will ask. It's been years since I went to Mosaic. It was the first place I ever had fries in a twirly metal cone :-).

                Adding it and Griffin's to the list.

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                  LotusRapper RE: grayelf Dec 15, 2011 05:14 PM

                  GE, Griffins isn't all that bad, really, unless your aunts and uncles are all foodies. But these days I find Griffins priced a tad high, 'tho:


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