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Mar 15, 2013 08:43 PM

Rec. by Grandville Enter. Disc. Sheraton

Staying in Sheraton in the Grandville Entertainment District for 2 days, no car. Looking for recommendations on restaurants with some of these attributes:
- great breakfast/brunch
- casual but tasty lunch
- dinner: high end but not too pricey
- healthy and not greasy
- farm to table
- French, seafood
- Ethnic ok like Ethiopian, Persian but not a big fan of Asian

Thanks in advance.

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  1. First off it's spelled/pronounced Granville.

    And downtown Vancouver is a small place you can walk anywhere from your hotel in 20 minutes plus transit is cheap/easy to use.

    So your question is impossibly broad and the 'ethnic without Asian' almost laughable the Best seafood here is Asian.

    Off the top of my head I'd say that there is nowhere on Granville St itself worth considering but YMMV.

    Here are a few long time faves and few newbies

    EDIT-There's also the thread here on French food which might be of interest.

      1. re: LotusRapper

        I say "Nay!" to both of those ;-)

        1. re: fmed

          Would have to agree, unless you stick to the mangled eggs at the Templeton. Rest of the menu not salutary, same as ER.

      2. You might want to try Medina - it crosses off most of your bullet points. And right next door - Chambar. The old stand-by (Belgian/French/Moroccan influences).

        1. what's that hummous bar place on Davie - that would be quite close to Sheraton wouldn't it?

          casual lunch - yes, i'd go to anatolia express (see post above) and get the take out and sit there and take in that view.

          take the foot pax small (tiny) ferry from south foot of hornby over to Granville Island and get some picnic supplies - eat there or ... very casual.

          Sam Salmon is right - you don't need a car. Not sure what "entertainment district" means - maybe i've been in Vancouver too long ; ) i have the old-timer perspective on it.

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          1. re: Georgia Strait

            I think you mean Zaatar Mediterranean Hummus Bar, Georgia?

            They are a very casual Kosher Israeli spot.

            The hummus was superb. It had just the right consistency, and had a nice plating with whole chickpea in the centre, some bits of parsley, a sprinkle of paprika, and a generous amount of olive oil. I took the option to add some falafel as well, and they were freshly made after ordering - none of that microwaved falafel crap that most pita spots around town do. They were crispy on the outside and softer inside. Delicious.

            The pita was also excellent. It reminded me of the pita that used to be available at a place called Pita Star before their very sad change in ownership and quality. I'm not sure where Zaatar is sourcing its pita - but I'd like to know. They taste fresh, unlike the cardboard that passes for pita at many places around town.

            1. re: Georgia Strait

              Entertainment District is generally Granville Street between Davie-Robson. Home of Orpheum, Vogue, Commodore, and until recently, a couple of large movie houses. Lots of night clubs.

              Oh... if you like Blues, then hit FanClub; food is acceptable.
              For high-end French, Le Crocodile.

            2. For Persian, if you have a transit pass, hop the Seabus across to North Vancouver. There is a large Persian neighbourhood on Lonsdale Avenue.

              Currently my favourite restaurant up there is Lonsdale Kabob. It is more casual than many of its neighbours, but I find the meat to be the best quality.

              The lamb is delicious. There were 5 mini lamb chops that had been marinated and then grilled. The marinade gave a slight caramelized encrusting around perfectly tender lamb. I've never had a lamb chop that you didn't need a knife for - so I was a bit worried when they served a fork and a spoon. But the spoon cut the lamb without a problem. Delicious!!!!!

              There was also a very large serving of Persian rice (the typical type with white rice topped with yellow rice), a large grilled tomato, and a generous portion of salad that had tomato, cucumbers, lettuce and a creamy dressing similar to those you find at many Persian places.

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              1. re: YVRChow

                Cazba is now open at Davie & Thurlow! Great stuff. Just a short walk from Granville St.

                  1. re: Anne M

                    Cazba is a popular kebab joint in North Van. Lots of Iranian families especially on weekends. It's good. Perhaps not the best up there, but pretty decent. They opened a food cart at Granville and Robson last year.

                    1. re: fmed

                      Just to chip in on Persian though higher end. Hamid Salimian is doing a persian theme at Diva. Walking distance from G.E.D.

                    2. re: flowbee

                      I grabbed a restaurant menu, when I was at their cart for lunch. I was curious about the Tahdeeg that was listed.

                      Wondering if you have had it or can share your thoughts about specific dishes at the new Cazba? Don't know much about Persian cuisine and was thinking about having dinner there soon. Thanks.

                      1. re: moyenchow

                        Cazba specializes in kebabs so start your Persian journey with that. The joojeh (chicken) is pretty good and meaty.

                        1. re: moyenchow

                          The kebab dishes are alright, but for me I love their stews like Ghormeh Sabzi (herb stew with beef) or Gheimeh (tomato with split peas and beef), all served with humongous piles of delicious rice. AFAIK the new Davie St. location has the same menu as their North Van location.

                          Here's a pic of the Sabzi stew and lamb kabob on rice.

                          1. re: flowbee

                            Gratuitous closeup... Really, it tastes better than it looks.

                            1. re: flowbee

                              I gotta say - Persian rice is really awesome.

                            2. re: moyenchow

                              Thank you, Fmed and Flowbee!

                              I've had the joojeh at the their food cart and it is delicious.

                              I was curious about the Tahdeeg b/c it's described as "Crispy Rice Served with your choice gheimeh stew or ghormeh sabzi stew).

                              I just thought it was interesting that it seems various cultures like putting foodstuff onto crispy rice (ie Clay rice pots, Woh Bah, dolsot bibimbap). Even cooler if there's a connection between the dishes but I think in this case it may simply be an universal human desire to put food stuff on crispy rice.

                              Since Flowbee likes the Sabzi, I might just order the Tahdeeg. I might brings some friends along to share more dishes like the joojeh.

                              1. re: moyenchow

                                Since you've had the kebabs then the sabzis should be next on the list. They are pretty generous with the tahdig - you get a couple of big chunks.