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Two days in Vancouver

Strangewine Jul 13, 2013 10:03 AM

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.

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    Strangewine Jul 13, 2013 10:06 AM

    Oh, we'll be staying in The Sutton Place near the West End if that helps!

    1. LotusRapper Jul 13, 2013 10:13 AM

      Use Urbanspoon Vancouver to look up these suggestions some more:

      Octopus Garden

      Japanese Fusion/Izakaya:
      Hapa Izakaya
      Zakkushi (yakitori)
      Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
      Gyoza King

      Sun Sui Wah

      Chinese Fusion:
      Bao Bei

      Green Lemongrass
      Hai Phong
      Thuan An

      Phnom Penh

      Banana Leaf
      Hawker's Delight
      Cafe D'Lite
      City One
      Kaya Malay Bistro
      Tamarind Hill
      Bo Laksa King


      ....... ok, need to take a breath ..... :-)

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      1. re: LotusRapper
        Strangewine Jul 13, 2013 01:41 PM

        Thanks for that! I'll start working on that list. Any thoughts on French cuisine in the area?

        What are the current food trends in Vancouver? Anything to seek out?

        1. re: Strangewine
          islandgirl Jul 13, 2013 05:53 PM

          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.

          1. re: Strangewine
            grayelf Jul 13, 2013 08:08 PM

            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.

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          Strangewine Jul 14, 2013 09:07 PM

          Excellent recommendations... thank you! Any reviews on Savary Island Pie Company?

          Any other highlights not to be missed?

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          1. re: Strangewine
            Sam Salmon Jul 14, 2013 09:55 PM

            SIPC is OK but quality can vary and service issues never seem to end (Staff turnover is high).

            1. re: Sam Salmon
              Strangewine Jul 15, 2013 06:52 AM

              Thanks Sam, that's good to know. Anything you would recommend over SIPC?

              1. re: Strangewine
                grayelf Jul 15, 2013 02:33 PM

                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.

                1. re: grayelf
                  moyenchow Jul 15, 2013 03:47 PM

                  Hey Grayelf, how's the black cod at Miko? On par with Aki's?

                  1. re: moyenchow
                    grayelf Jul 15, 2013 05:09 PM

                    Gosh, moyen, it's been so long since I had the gindara at Aki I couldn't compare. Pretty hard to feed me black cod I don't like though : -).

                2. re: Strangewine
                  LotusRapper Jul 15, 2013 03:41 PM

                  This place is new, might be worth a shot:



                3. re: Sam Salmon
                  Georgia Strait Jul 17, 2013 07:32 AM

                  yes, i agree w/ SS on both points ... in the beginning - it was fun and interesting - it's tired now.

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                Georgia Strait Jul 17, 2013 07:35 AM

                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?

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                1. re: Georgia Strait
                  grayelf Jul 17, 2013 08:25 AM

                  Maybe Fraiche. There was a recentish chef change so older reports would be more out of date than usual.

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