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Visiting Vancouver and would appreciate your comments on my selection of restaurants

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Hello all

I'm staying in downtown Vancouver for a week on business. I'll stay close to the Granville Skytrain station and will not have a car during my stay. I prefer restaurants within walking distance in downtown Vancouver. My dinner budget is up to $50 (tax and tip included), but I'm willing to spend up to $100 if the food is outstanding.

I like all sorts of cuisine, as long as the food is REALLY good. I particularly enjoy good traditional Japanese food. I'm considering the restaurants below. Comments and suggestions are much appreciated.

Guu
Guu With Garlic
Le Crocodile (considering the tasting menu)
Miku (considering the omakase)
Minami (considering the omakase)

Thanks for your input!

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  1. Guu & Guu with Garlic are apart of the same chain and Miku and Minami are owned by the same owner. The decors are different and there are slight differences on their menus but not enough. Also I wouldn't consider the Guus, Miku & Minami traditional.

    I wouldn't do omakase at Miku, the sushi and pastry are excellent but their kitchen is not up to par. The Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi is a must try.

    I would pick one Guu and one of either Miku or Minami.

    Miko on Robson Street and Aki on Pender Street are traditional Japanese.

    I would add Zakkushi instead of one of the Guus.

    Other places to consider L'abattoir in Gastown.

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    1. re: moyenchow

      What she said!

      1. re: fmed

        Yup, agree 100% with moyenchow's comments (though the only pastry I've had at Miku was a much-vaunted cake that verged on the inedible, alas). Just would add that Le Croc is a solid bet, will be good but maybe not exciting and likely outside your lower budget figure.

        1. re: grayelf

          Thanks all for your input and suggestions!

      2. re: moyenchow

        Exactly what I would say except for Miko.

        I also like Santouka Ramen, Kingyo and Man Dang Coul (Korean) near Denman and Robson.

        I wasn't impressed by Le Crocodile when I went. The food was good but not exciting - it was something that may have been exciting in the 80's.

      3. You might like Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons http://www.yewrestaurant.com/ They do some nice seafood dishes Entrees are in the $30+ range. A bit more of a hike is La Brasserie on Davie St http://www.labrasserievancouver.com Franco German cuisine well prepared and reasonably priced. Have a great visit