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New Restaurants in Vancouver

andrew_eats May 20, 2012 01:13 AM

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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    andrew_eats May 30, 2012 03:03 AM

    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.

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      Georgia Strait May 23, 2012 02:54 PM

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

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      1. re: Georgia Strait
        LotusRapper May 23, 2012 03:28 PM

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

        1. re: LotusRapper
          Georgia Strait May 23, 2012 07:45 PM

          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
            LotusRapper May 23, 2012 09:15 PM

            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
              kinnickinnik May 23, 2012 10:11 PM

              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
                Quattrociocchi May 24, 2012 07:09 AM

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

                1. re: Quattrociocchi
                  kinnickinnik May 24, 2012 07:41 AM

                  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
                    Blueicus May 24, 2012 08:13 AM

                    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
                      kinnickinnik May 24, 2012 08:35 AM

                      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
                        grayelf May 24, 2012 12:21 PM

                        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
                  kwl May 24, 2012 12:58 PM

                  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
                    LotusRapper May 24, 2012 01:37 PM

                    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
                      DRMcLellan May 27, 2012 05:28 PM

                      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
                kinnickinnik May 23, 2012 04:16 PM

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

              3. LotusRapper May 23, 2012 10:21 AM

                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
                  TheCulinaryCircus May 23, 2012 01:10 PM

                  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.

                  1. re: TheCulinaryCircus
                    LotusRapper May 23, 2012 01:14 PM



                2. g
                  Georgia Strait May 23, 2012 10:14 AM

                  read the Hawksworth thread

                  1. fmed May 20, 2012 10:35 AM

                    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. waylman May 20, 2012 10:26 AM

                      check out scout mag. http://scoutmagazine.ca/category/rest...

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