Two days in Vancouver
My partner and I will be visiting Vancouver for the first time in a few weeks. We're staying for two days and are looking for the best the city has to offer.
We're both fans of sushi, asian and asian fusion and any unique good quality eats (Indian, Thai, Vietnamese or anything good and authentic). Quality trumps atmosphere so strip mall Pho joints are every bit as exciting as multi star white linen!
So far we've been Savary Island Pie Company and at least one good sushi place would be awesome.
Any advice is appreciated! So excited to see what Vancouver has to offer.
what is / was the place that people were talking about last year - up on the slope in West Van - is it still there? (I have never been there) ---- i realize it's a long taxi ride - but the view! What other North American "world class" (tourism jargon) city offers similar?
re: Sam Salmon
I agree with Sam re SIPC and would add that I've found their crusts to be consistently far too thick for my taste. There isn't really a place in town that offers outstanding pies for my money but then again my mum set a high bar with her pastry :-).
I missed that you requested sushi reccos so I will toss a couple into the ring: Miko on Robson for their a la carte sushi/sashimi and robata items (bring money), Ajisai in Kerrisdale (come early to avoid lines, sit at the bar), and Kishimoto on Commercial Drive.
re: Sam Salmon
Use Urbanspoon Vancouver to look up these suggestions some more:
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Sun Sui Wah
Kaya Malay Bistro
Bo Laksa King
....... ok, need to take a breath ..... :-)
I would definately try some of the Japanese Izakaya places in Vancouver. This was a trend a few years ago and continues to be popular and something a bit different. The Hapa Izakaya in Coal Harbour does the full menu at lunchtime (most others are better in the evening) and has a lovely view. They also take reservations.
Dunno that French cuisine is a huge strength here. We have Le Crocodile for no-nonsense higher end French. Faux Bourgeois is solid for bistro food but hard to get in on short notice. I'm terribly keen to try Absinthe Bistro on Commercial Drive -- a non-CH foodie friend has recently raved to me about it, particularly the value on the prix fixe. http://www.bistroabsinthe.com/ I've also had tasty meals at Pied at Terre http://www.pied-a-terre-bistro.ca/ but again you'll want to book ahead. Tableau also interests me. L'Abbatoir is putting out some fine Frenchified locavore plates these days. You might take a look at Pidgin if you're into fusion as well.