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May 18, 2012 10:03 PM

Suggestion for Restaurants around Waterfront Station/Vancouver Convention Center

To all Vancouver experts,

I will be going on a 4 days trip to Vancouver near the Waterfront station or the Vancouver Convention Center area. It is mostly a business trip. So I won't have a lot of time traveling around the beautiful Vancouver. I am curious if you can give me 1-2 suggestions for lunch and dinner. I figure if everyone can give me 1 suggestion, then I would have plenty to choose from. I am a very open eater. I enjoy all kind of foods from Indian to Japanese to Italian to Greek, so anything is pretty much good for me. Appreciate your help and your time.

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  1. Anatolia Express. Great idea for lunch. Cheap, but really great food and an amazing view.

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    1. I agree with Anatolia Express - esp the hummous and peda bread - and the view. Very nice people.

      another lunch = Feastro - the big purple truck parked at Thurlow and West Cordova, near the Olymppic torch park

      1. Nice to see you around these parts ChemicalKinetics.

        Along with the other recommendations, let me add that Gastown is within walking distance of where you will be staying. That area is where most of the new buzzy restaurants are. L'Abattoir for dinner and cocktails is my current favourite there. Revolver serves good coffee and pastries. Alibi room for craft beer.

        Closer to your hotel is Miku which specializes in aburi-sushi (a bit of a fad, but the sushi is good). The new location of Meat & Bread is pretty close by too. Good porchetta sandwiches.

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        1. re: fmed

          <Nice to see you around these parks>

          :) I am not there yet. I will be there from Sunday to Thursday morning (so really only Wednesday). My hotel actually will be the Marriott Pinnacle. So, I will be around the Vancouver Convention Center and the Marriott.

          L'Abattoir sounds cool, so are other choices. If I actually go to L'Abattoir, do I need a reservation? The L'Abattoir website kind of suggests reservation. Alibi definitely sounds like something I will stop by. Love to drop by a pub and bar. Anatolia Express, of course, sounds like a real treat. Thanks guys.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            oops "parks" should be "parts". ( iBlame the iPhone - edited).

            L'Abattoir has a bar in the front where you can sit as a lone diner. You may not need a reservation, but you might as well make one.

        2. a little "common man" Greek place is Scoozi's - it is near the Convention Center (the expensive eco grass roof one and the old white sails one too)

          Michael is the owner.
          it is typical "Greek to Canada" + much hard work ... it's very much a family business style, not unlike any Greek-Cdn restaurant of mid-range $ anywhere in Western Canada

          but they have breakfast, lunch, dinner, late.

          it's good for a change of pace -- if you need one -- from the fancy Chow places. Much like Anatolia Express already mentioned but with bigger sit-down area and outdoor seating at this time of year.

          i think the Urban Spoon comments are spot-on. No, it's not good for a group - why would one do that there? (tho i know it's hard to organize an office group of eaters who need a certain price point etc)

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          1. re: Georgia Strait

            <Much like anatolia Express already mentioned but with bigger sit-down area and outdoor seating at this time of year.>

            Thanks Georgia. That place sounds great.

            <No, it's not good for a group>

            I don't think I will go there as a huge group. Maybe just 1-2 persons (including myself), at most 3.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              be aware, when i say "outdoor seating" -- it is sidewalk w/ a little fence around it and umbrellas - cute. You can see it on Google Map. I think the awning says Scoozi's Eatery --- i get a kick out of the branding - taverna, lounge, eatery (possibly the Greek to English Cdn translations?) -- bottomline, it's genuine. No pretense.

              have a great visit
              ps - if you have a bit of time, it's worth going in to the old vintage (but restored) Cdn Pacific Rail Station (just EAST of the white sails convention center which is next to the eco grass roof convention center) ... the old train station is now a transit hub -- that artwork is very old (look WAY UP around the ceiling - interestingly, it depicts many scenic destinations in the USA (as well as the Cdn Rockies)) -- then get yourself a ticket from the vending machine and take the SeaBus over to Lonsdale Quay --- enjoy the views as you cross Burrard Inlet ... walk around Lonsdale Quay --- there is a public market open at certain hours - and one or two Starbucks of course. It's a great way to get a view of the beautiful Coast Mountains, downtown skyline, a bit of an outing, and a taste of being a regular commuter. If you need directions, the transit employees waiting at the turnstiles are very helpful --- I THINK but you'd have to check - that your ticket is good for return trip within a certain time period. Ask the attendant at the turnstile.

          2. Hi Chem

            o - what are your dates
            o - do you have time to break for lunch
            o - will you be dining alone or with others
            o - do you have spare time at night
            o - what languages do you read/speak - could be helpful for a more adventurous experience

            Vancouver transit/ skytrain/buses are the most friendly I've ever experienced worldwide. I won't be making restaurant recommendations because I've barely scraped the peak of the iceberg. Others will. I hope you have a great time!

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            1. re: rosetown

              I will be there this Sunday (20th) to next Thursday morning. I should have time for every lunch breaks, but not like 2-3 hours, more like 1 hour. I will try to dine with people, but knowing myself (from past conference trips), I will be eating alone 30% of the time especially lunch times.

              Will I have spare time at night? I will definitely have more spare time at night than at lunch. If you have any recommendation (does not even have to be foods), please feel free to suggest. For example, maybe you think I should stop by a particular cookware store or a special bookstore...etc.

              I can speak English and Chinese, not French. I heard French is very useful in Canada, but no.... I cannot speak nor understand any French.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                non, pas beaucoup de francais ici a vancouver
                don't worry - not much french in vancouver - we are pacific rim oriented.

                see above for Sea Bus adventure ...

                and then of course, you must take a walk around the other direction -- it's a safe pedestrian/bicycle sea wall all the way from the convention center to famous Stanley Park and eventually "false creek" --- you can go as far or short a distance as you wish - your hotel concierge will help you.

                another little place i like cuz it's somewhat low key is Tavola. It's in the West End of downtown area. (you can also wander along Denman St - lots of little eateries but nothing really fancy comes to mind except for the 2nd location of Ayoubs which is a Persian store (significant Persian population here) that sells hi-end small-batch roasted almonds, pistachios - the "sour almonds" are hard to stop eating - i'm surprised Trader Joe's hasn't copied them yet.)

                Tavola would be more a dinner spot and it would be good place to invite a business colleague or two or three.

                if you venture in to downtown Chinatown (Main St, access by taxi is easy or transit or skytrain -- or if you're a keen walker - you can do it) -- New Town bakery has the best steamed buns - that's where my relatives insist on buying them. NOTE they have several locations - you want East Pender St in order to be close to downtown