Chowish recs near Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver?
We'll be visiting Vancouver for just two days. We won't have a car - plan to do lots of walking and also will take public transportation. Are there any great Chowish restaurants, not super expensive, but worth visiting, in the vicinity of the Four Seasons? We're especially interested in Fish and Chips and Chinese Food, but local specialties would also be great. Thanks for your help!
good idea about Canada Line - it is very close to Four Seasons and easy to figure it out (not complicated - just make sure you're on the correct route when it gets to Richmond) --- here is a link to thread about Canada Line - tho you'd have to check for updated info
for an interesting public transportation experience with unbeatable views, walk NORTH on Granville or Howe to the old heritage CPR train station - it's now a transit hub - go on the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay (in North Van) -- walk around the public market - you'll find some snacks and some of us think these fish and chips are fine - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/1497256/restaurant/Vancouver/Montgomerys-Fish-Chips-North-Vancouver
as oft-mentioned recently (look for the thread about cheap eats near Granville and Pender http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/836651 ) - there is Anatolia Express around the north (harbor) side of the NEW convention center (near the Olympic torch and "lego whale" --- great hummos and peda. We had the cheese-meat peda the other day - it's good but i think we like the lamb one better.
i realize you say "not super expensive" but it's worth looking in on the restaurant IN the four seasons - it's called Yew. You'll find many recent discussions about it.
also - if you don't feel like any more transit, i did notice that Griffins at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has some lunch (was it something like 2 for 1) and dinner specials (3 courses between certain hours ...etc) on right now .... (it's located about 2 blocks from the Four Seasons)
If your trip falls during the week, the Fresh Local Wild truck at Hastings and Burrard will absolutely take care of your fish and chips jones. I believe they will also be including a spot prawn version with the start of that season this week.
I'll second Peaceful in an otherwise challenging area for Chinese. If you find yourself near the Stanley Park Seawall, Legendary Noodle on Denman is also a good choice.
If you head over to Robson, you could do some good Japanese: Miko for sushi (order a la carte but this IS expensive), Santouka for ramen (go early for lunch and get the toroniku), and original Guu or Guu with Garlic for the izakaya experience. I don't know anywhere in downtown, or Vancouver for that matter that I would recommend for fish and chips. Tacofino's fish taco is probably the closest thing I would recco. There are a couple of Chinese options right downtown that get some love but not from me so I will let others chime in. A bit further afield in Yaletown is Peaceful on Davie which is relatively inexpensive and has some great dishes. Do a bit of research on what is good there before you go.