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Jul 14, 2013 05:38 PM

Seafood & Chinese in GVA

Hello Chowhounderites,

I'm going to be coming to Vancouver next week and was wondering what places you'd recommend I should go to for seafood (I'm looking for a place that would serve seafood towers, have a raw bar, etc. or something in that sort of gastronomical area) and for true authentic Chinese food.

Thanks very much!!

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  1. There are a lot of 'true authentic Chinese' living here so you should have little problem (!)

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        I heard there's few posting here on occasion....

    1. would the OP who calls us GVA happen to be from the GTA? must be new shorthand.

      in all seriousness - there is lots of info on here - just scroll down w/in the last one week, for example - and you'll find lots of inspiration.

      it depends on various factors such as but not limited to -
      1. where you are staying (which area of the so-called "GVA" ... and how far you are willing to travel and by what mode of transport
      2. budget
      3. type of service you are hoping/ looking for

      so have a look on the board - lots of recent info
      and - with respect - remember that Vancouver / Lower Mainland (not generally called the GVA) is more than just Chinese-Asian food = again, you'll find lots of info about the various options on here.

      1. For seafood Blue Water gets alot of love on this board. I'd also recommend Joe Fortes. Both are fairly high price points but since you didn't mention a budget hopefully that's not an issue.

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Anyone tried the seafood tower at Coast?

            1. re: grayelf

              well - we thought the raw oysters were good at Coast last Dec - we did not order the entire tower - all the food for our big ordering party of 6 adults was fine enuf - if that is any indication. (see also the current thread about Vancouver LUNCH)

              what we do is we have several "indicator" foods that we try wherever we go - well, almost wherever - but in places that are known for certain foods - we try ... and then compare - for example oysters - in places like those w/ nice cold water oysters like Alaska to Oregon coast to the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal w/ history and lots of selection (and atmosphere).