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delys77 Nov 22, 2012 04:10 PM

Hey all
I've lived in the West End for some time, and while I have a few favourites I am always looking for new places to try that come highly recommended. We eat all over town, but sometimes it is nice to have some new options within walking distance.

Currently we often frequent La Brasserie on Davie and Espana on Denman, and when we are in a sushi mood we usually hit up Denman Sushi (used to be Shima Sushi). I've tried many of the little shwarma places around, and while many are pretty good none have seemed outstandingly good.

Up market we like Cin Cin and Le Crocodile, and bakery wise I have developed a great affection for Chopain on Davie.

Legendary noodle is pretty good, but it has been hit and miss a few times.

What other places are West End Foodies hitting.

Would love to hear all about it.

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    Anne M Nov 30, 2012 06:36 PM

    Maybe slightly off topic but someone at UD reports La Brasserie is for sale.

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      Gursk Dec 6, 2012 11:46 PM

      Anne - say it's not so!!!!!! La Brasserie is my go to local. *Scared*

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        kinnickinnik Dec 7, 2012 10:39 PM

        Indeed, 'tis so

        They've been so consistently satisfying, here's hoping it stays so.

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          delys77 Dec 11, 2012 04:12 PM

          Oh that really is too bad. I love La Brasserie, I wonder why they have decided to sell. Either way, perhaps the new owners won't fiddle with it.

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        StarryFork Nov 30, 2012 07:51 AM

        Raincity Grill is always a classic for higher-end dining. I noticed (too late!) that they were doing takeout fish and chips during the summer, something to try next year.

        I'm currently obsessed with Zabu Chicken - www.zabuchicken.com - at 1635 Robson St.

        You basically go there for the Korean-style chicken and nothing else. They triple-fry it, and douse it in either salty or spicy sauce, and it's absolutely delectable. The hot sticks (spicy drumsticks) are a huge favourite at any social gathering I've brought them to. There is definitely a bit of a wait for the chicken, since it's an elaborate process to prepare it, and I'm pretty sure it's all done a la minute. But it's so worth it! Just suck it up and watch the K-pop videos for 20 minutes (or bring a good book).

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          betterthanbourdain Nov 26, 2012 04:21 PM

          Havent been to Espana, all the comments have been on the positive ledger. What do you like at Espana?

          There are no shortages of decent to solid places in the WE. Though I havent found any consistent decent asian noodle(ramen excluded), in the WE.

          I tend to agree with the suggestions of santouka, guu, zakusshi. Find most of the Korean to be hit and miss, including Norboo.

          I didnt mind Coast, Nook, Ma Dang Goul, Lanna Thai, Banana Leaf, Babylon Cafe, Empanadas, Kadoya the times I was there. Nothing stellar.

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            thatwhileifound Nov 22, 2012 08:20 PM

            Not the best Korean I've ever had, but I always enjoyed Norboo when I lived down that way.

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              Blueicus Nov 22, 2012 07:12 PM

              Santouka and zakkushi are go-to places for me too. Kingyo is also tasty, of course

              1. fmed Nov 22, 2012 05:38 PM

                I don't live in the WE, but I do like the ramen at Santouka.

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                  grayelf Nov 22, 2012 06:44 PM

                  Miko also worthy for straight up sushi and yakitori offerings. Don't bother with the set lunchy things -- they are okay but not the forte.

                  Second Santouka big time, for the toroniku, drool. Really hot in there so dress accordingly and prepare to wait in line unless you go at off times.

                  Guu with Garlic is fun but has seemed a bit off the last couple times I've been. Zakkushi has been very consistent for us lately.

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