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Looking for Various Recommendations!

kashirat Jun 24, 2013 10:23 PM

Hey all! I'm going to be in Vancouver for about 5 days and want to hit up as many tasty eats in Vancouver as possible! Looking for some recommendations for the following:

- Great Chinese Bakery (Pineapple Buns, "Loh Poh" pastries, BBQ buns etc)
- Dim Sum
- Shanghainese
- Ramen
- Typical Cantonese Chinese Dinner
- Very good Chinese BBQ (Roast Pork, Roast Duck, BBQ Pork)
- Izakaya/Japanese

I would much prefer a hole in the wall rather than the very fancy restaurants - high quality with reasonable portions, and bonus points for the sort of 'family owned' type feel would be preferrable.

My research and friends recommendation have led me to this so far:
- Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
- G-Men Ramen Izakaya

- Shanghai River

Chinese Bakery
- Lido Restaurant

- Guu
- Miku

Chinese BBQ
- HK BBQ Master (Richmond)

Dim Sum
- Empire Seafood Restaurant (Richmond)

How's that list look so far? Would love to hear some more feedback!

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  1. grayelf RE: kashirat Jun 24, 2013 10:42 PM

    Santouka is my favourite for ramen in Vancouver proper but I haven't tried G-Men which is in Richmond I think. Be sure to go early enough in the day to get the toroniku, and be prepared for long lineups if you go at prime times. I shoot for 11:30 am. There's also no AC so it gets REALLY hot in there even on just a warm day.

    My favourite Canto is Big Chef but I'm not sure what exactly you mean by "typical."

    All the Guus are a bit different. What are you looking for in an izakaya?

    Can't recommend Miku except for the salmon aburi. And I'm not sure if it's open right now -- I read somewhere that they're moving.

    Big thumbs up for HKBB but I prefer the roast pork, ribs and bbq pork over the poultry options.

    Not a big fan of Empire for ds. Last two visits were underwhelming. I like Dynasty on Broadway and Kirin in City Square.

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    1. re: grayelf
      kashirat RE: grayelf Jun 24, 2013 10:49 PM

      Thanks for the recs!

      Hard for me to say re: Izakaya, here in Edmonton we only really have one Izakaya. What's the difference between them all? Any specific dishes that are must-eats?

      Miku - it sounds like they are open starting today or tomorrow - and it is very close to where we are staying so it may be an option, but as I mentioned, I'd rather spend on better quality food than spend money on better 'service' or a nicer dining room.

      In terms of 'typical' cantonese dinner, I usually categorize chinese restaurants that arent' Szechuan or Shanghai as "canto". May not be accurate, but that's how they are organized in my head :)

      Thanks again!

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        grayelf RE: kashirat Jun 24, 2013 10:55 PM

        I like Zakkushi for all the delicious things on sticks, and the emphasis on grilling. All three outposts have their pluses (and minuses) but I like Fourth Ave, then Denman then Main. The Guus each specialize in slightly different takes on bar/snack food -- if you can puzzle your way through their website you'll see what I mean. And they each have a different vibe. I like Kitanoya Guu with Garlic best for atmosphere.

        Big Chef is a wee bit more formal than some Cantonese restos you'll see recommended but not to the degree of a Red Star or Sun Sui Wah. I am drawn back by Auntie Song's Fish Soup in particular but have enjoyed many other dishes there.

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          waver RE: grayelf Jun 28, 2013 09:57 PM

          Devastation: tonight was last night for Zakkushi on 4th : (

          Good news: we are enjoying Rajio which keep us in the hood for sake/beer evenings that are none the less family friendly (although treats deep fried instead of grilled - oops).

          1. re: waver
            grayelf RE: waver Jun 28, 2013 10:52 PM

            Argh, sadness! http://www.zakkushi.com/new.html but thanks for the heads up, waver.

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              Sandy204 RE: waver Jun 29, 2013 07:36 AM

              Yeah we loved the one on 4th the best (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903062). So predictable when a lease expires, I guess. I loved the 'hole-the-wall' feel and the family-business atmosphere.

          2. re: kashirat
            LotusRapper RE: kashirat Jun 28, 2013 11:21 PM

            For good Cantonese BBQs, there's also:

            Master Hung BBQ Restaurant
            (that name's just beggin' to be joked upon ....)

            Red Star Seafood Restaurant - bbq duck and roast pig are award-winning.
            (Vancouver location superior to Richmond location. No implied references to Communist China or USSR .....)

            Problem with HK BBQ Master is that the space is about the size of a storage room and is crowded with long waits often. I never feel comfortable eating there longer than 20 mins while the people waiting are standing 4 ft away from me staring over my shoulder. Good for fast fooding, but not conducive to a slow-to-savour meal.

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