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Seafood & Chinese in GVA

misiuprzychodzki Jul 14, 2013 05:38 PM

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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    islandgirl Jul 15, 2013 08:14 AM

    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: islandgirl
      LotusRapper Jul 15, 2013 08:45 AM

      Yes, Joe Fortes has a nice seafood tower:


      As does Blue Water:


      1. re: LotusRapper
        grayelf Jul 17, 2013 09:08 AM

        Anyone tried the seafood tower at Coast?

        1. re: grayelf
          Georgia Strait Jul 17, 2013 10:09 AM

          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).

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      Georgia Strait Jul 14, 2013 11:17 PM

      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. Sam Salmon Jul 14, 2013 06:43 PM

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

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        1. re: Sam Salmon
          LotusRapper Jul 14, 2013 07:14 PM

          Define 'authentic Chinese', SS ;-)

          1. re: LotusRapper
            Sam Salmon Jul 14, 2013 08:59 PM

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

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