We are having friends from Jamaica visiting and would like to take them out for dinner to a Vancouver area Jamaican restaurant.
Are there any in or around Vancouver that offer excellent Jamaican dishes?
The Lion's Den on E. 15th (between Les Faux Bourgeois and Matchstick Cafe) has Jamaican offerings:
But it's a very casual cafe. I mean, if your friends are really hankering for home foods it's ok to take them there. Now they also have this "Japaribbean" selection which might raise your friends' eyebrows :-D
But I agree, like others said, you'll do better by showcasing the best of Vancouver to them.
I faintly recall there's a decent Caribbean resto on the North Shore. Anyone know ?
What, no love for Riddim & Spice on Commercial Drive? ;)
Calabash is the only Caribbean restaurant I'd willingly take folks craving some of that cuisine, but if they're from Jamaica, they'll likely be disappointed with whatever Jamaican cuisine Vancouver has to offer. Unless they specifically requested Jamaican food, I'd take them somewhere else that Vancouver does well.
Saying that, I had a friend from St Lucia who LOVED the food at The Reef on Main Street, specifically the hush puppies. *shrug*
Taking Jamaicans to a Jamaican restaurant in Vancouver makes no sense whatsoever, by any measure. I wouldn't even take them to Jamaican in Toronto, where we have a very large Jamaican community. Canada doesn't do Jamaican anywhere close to how Jamaica does Jamaican - so it would be a disappointing meal for them.
I'd figure out what they might like and take them to somewhere that does that well.