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New Restaurants in Vancouver

Hi. I'm coming back home for a few days.

Are there any new notable restaurants that have opened in the past year? And not the same ones recycled over and over in Vancouver Magazine. I've been to pretty much all of them.

I'd also be interested in under the radar spots.

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    1. Newish places (some are more under the radar than others):

      Pizza: Via Tevere and Barbarella
      Izakaya: Suika
      BBQ: Fat Dragon (from the Fuel team - not everything is great, order with care)
      Southern-ish: Chewies
      Oyster Raw Bar: look for 50 cents a shuck on their Twitter feeds. (3-6pm?)
      Anatolia Express: inexpensive Turkish right downtown.

      1. read the Hawksworth thread

        1. Seafood: The Crab King in Steveston, Richmond.


          BTW: high caution is required if you should consider another new seafood resto in central Richmond called Crawfish King. Read over their Urbanspoon and local blog reviews first ..... they seem to be digging their own early grave.

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Thanks for the Crawfish King tip. Drove by once and it seemed too good to be true...imagine, no need to drive all the way to Seattle for a decent crawfish boil! Until Crawfish King gets its act together, our quest for good Cajun cuisine is still on.

          2. this one just opened next to Lonsdale Quay - don't know anything about it yet

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            1. re: Georgia Strait

              Creepily close to the famous (or is it infamous) defunct Seven Seas floating restaurant !

              1. re: LotusRapper

                isn't that the truth

                and what was the equally horrifying one in Victoria (of similar era) - to the north of the johnson st bridge.

                we need a thread about old Vanc -- bino's anyone? i can still picture the YELLOW -- i suppose in the disco days, one did eat polyester food after a nite out in the camaro. (or trans am) - just stayin' alive.

                where was the one in kerrisdale? i can picture it but all i see in my mind are the vol au vent cases (to fill at home w/ something chicken mushroom recipe from Gourmet / Bon Appetit / Julia Child - a la 70's mom) from moore's bakery.

                and Mr Gray's fabric shop across the st. And the very practical shoe shop and Hills "department store" on the corner of the blvd and 41st.

                1. re: Georgia Strait

                  LOL !!!

                  Hey GS in case you didn't know, there still is one Bino's left in GVRD, on Kingsway just east of Joyce.

                  I'm still dearly missing that old diner on S.Granville btwn 12 & 11th, where the ECCO and Roots stores are now, and am ashamedly forgetting the name of the place !!

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    The Aristocrat? The sign's in the Chapters window.

                    Back to the new:
                    New on 4th: Fable - really want to try soon
                    Newish on 4th: The Oakwood Canadian Bistro - loving the comfy casual space, tasty food

                    1. re: kinnickinnik

                      Wish I could find some more intel on Fable - their website isn't up and running yet.

                      1. re: Quattrociocchi

                        Indeed - I'd like to see a menu up soon. In the meantime, the photos they've posted on FB include some tasty looking dishes https://www.facebook.com/fablekitchen.
                        There's part of a menu depicted in the 'eye candy' set.

                        1. re: kinnickinnik

                          Hi, I'm Curtis and the collaborative kitchen partner at Fable. The restaurant is a joint project by Kathy, Ron, and Trevor (from Top Chef Canada, S2) that strives to feature local meats and produce in a casual setting. We're currently open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and Saturday & Sunday for brunch. We also feature a daily takeout item in the evening and we'll be open for casual lunches (hot sandwiches, soups, salads) in a couple of weeks. I'm a longtime Chowhound (Ontario) member but considering I moved here a couple weeks ago I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have, especially since the menu isn't posted yet.

                          1. re: Blueicus

                            I like the sound of that take-out option - handy for busy nights (Fable's near my home).
                            I'm really looking forward to trying your desserts Curtis! I've really enjoyed reading you posts on the TCC thread. Welcome to BC :-) I look forward to reading your take on our local dining scene!

                            1. re: Blueicus

                              Thanks for letting us know the current scoop in the absence of a full website! Fable is also near both work and home for me and I plan to come in very soon to check it out.

                      2. re: LotusRapper

                        The Normandy was the place on Granville where Ecco and Roots are, and I miss that place too. Old school dinners for under $10.

                        1. re: kwl

                          Normandy ..... bingo, thx !

                          Aristocratic was a bit before my time (as far as being of legal age and paying for my own meals go) and they were right at the corner, where Chapters is now:



                          1. re: kwl

                            God, that brings back memories. My grandparents lived around the corner on 11th and Fir and they took me to the Normandy all the time. As a youth in the 60s/70s it was my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. The original owners died and it changed hands until the kitchen fire in 2005. Then later demolished and Ecco and Roots replaced it.--very sad. The Normandy had been a South Granville tradition for 70+ years--great food and atmosphere-classic Canadian diner.with elegance.

                    2. re: Georgia Strait

                      Ooh, Chef Dino Renaerts at the helm. That sounds mighty promising.

                    3. hey. its nice to see people talking in my thread. i wonder why my email didnt update me. fable does look interesting, i'd like to try it. and i see that the crawfish trend is making its way up north now.