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Over the past decade we have traveled often to Vancouver to experience a magnificent city and especially its culinary delights. We haven't been there is a few years but are planning a trip for later this year. We have tried most of the "name brand" restaurants, such as Lumiere, C, Cru, Rain City, Villa del Lupo, Bishops, etc. with a variety of results. Do any recent DonRockwell visitors to the city have suggestions for newer restaurants that they would put into the "don't miss" category? Thanks!

David Missert
Washington DC

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We had a great meal at Vij, the long-standing Indian restaurant. I'm no expert on Indian cuisine, but I thought everything was very tasty and flavorful, plus the dishes were not the standard Indian fare at all. The service was very pleasant. Vij himself makes the rounds. They do not take reservations, but you can wait outside in this nice Zen-like space with ponds. Servers come out with plates of little appetizers while you wait. Alternatively, there is a bar area in the back with comfy, lounge-like seating.

What did you think of C? We thought about dining there, but it looked suspiciously like a tourist-trap (location on the water, everyone there looked tour-isty), etc.

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We had a great meal at Vij, the long-standing Indian restaurant.  I'm no expert on Indian cuisine, but I thought everything was very tasty and flavorful, plus the dishes were not the standard Indian fare at all.  The service was very pleasant.  Vij himself makes the rounds.  They do not take reservations, but you can wait outside in this nice Zen-like space with ponds.  Servers come out with plates of little appetizers while you wait.  Alternatively, there is a bar area in the back with comfy, lounge-like seating.

What did you think of C?  We thought about dining there, but it looked suspiciously like a tourist-trap (location on the water, everyone there looked tour-isty), etc.

Thanks for the comments on Vij.

Your instincts are right about C. We went there years ago shortly after it opened and it was wonderful--imaginative, tasty food; great service; decent wine; great view. Based on that experience we went back last year. The view was still there, but everything else was merely "okay" and the value had declined, in my judgment.

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I have represented a Vancouver company for over 15 years and have done my best to eat my way through that city. I probably know its restaurants almost as well as D. C. I agree about C and Vij's although Tamarind is excellent, too. Tojo's also and well known. The owner of Lumiere has opened Feenie's which is a more casual version. (If you ever in Toronto North 44 is similar and one of my favorites anywhere.) Mistral is one of the most anticipated restaurants to open in Vancouver in a long time-it opened two weeks ago. One of our favorite restaurants is the Cannery which is not in league with several of those above yet it has a fantastic view, excellent wine list and is one of the best overall "experiences" in any Vancouver restaurant. If you go their salmon in puff pastry is excellent. I would describe this as the L'auberge Chez Francois of Vancouver. The is the link to a post of mine from over three years ago about Sun Sui Weh, Vancouver's premier "live seafood" restaurant:

http://www.chowhound.com/midatlantic/board...sages/7171.html

We also like one of the original White Spots (North Vancouver on the main highway and easy to find) where they still have curb service and really good, greasy hamburgers. White Spot is all over B. C. but this is one of only two or three that till serve the way they did in the '50's.

This is an outstanding website for Vancouver dining:

http://www.evevancouver.ca/food/index.htm

As an example of what I consider to be a superb tool for researching a city before visiting look at this particular page on evevancouver:

http://www.evevancouver.ca/food/robsonstreet.htm

D. C. should have something like this. Scroll around-there a lot there.

I personally think Vancouver has the most beautiful setting of any city on earth.

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We had a great meal at Vij, the long-standing Indian restaurant.  I'm no expert on Indian cuisine, but I thought everything was very tasty and flavorful, plus the dishes were not the standard Indian fare at all.  The service was very pleasant.  Vij himself makes the rounds.  They do not take reservations, but you can wait outside in this nice Zen-like space with ponds.  Servers come out with plates of little appetizers while you wait.  Alternatively, there is a bar area in the back with comfy, lounge-like seating.

I second the Vij's recommendation. I was in Vancouver and Vancouver Island for my honeymoon in June. We ate at Vij's our first night in town. We waited over two hours for a table on a Saturday night, but make great friends with some locals in the bar area in the back. They ended up buying our dinner & drinks. Incredible - but the people of British Columbia were wonderfully nice our entire trip, even when we didn't tell folks we were on our honeymoon.

Another stellar meal we had was at West. Now, we did sit at the Chef's Table and eat a seven-course dinner complete with wine pairings and a most amazing cheese course. But we'd return in an instant. The restaurant has a very modern, cool design scheme, a high ceiling, complete with deep colors and replete with wooden wine racks along one wall. Vancouver Magazine just named West its "restaurant of the year."

For a real coffee-shop style sushi restaurant (and a gorgeous view back to downtown and the mountains to the city's north), you must also consider Tojo's.

Richmond, a bustling city just to Vancouver's south, near the airport, is heavily populated by Canadians of Chinese ancestry, and is replete with many restaurants. We took a tour of the city with a local food critic and sample some dim-sum and other delicacies from a variety of food vendors and small cafes. Richmond also hosts a Hong Kong-style night market on Saturday evenings which is an experience undo itself.

Finally, I must pay kudos to Eric Pateman's outfit called Edible Vancouver, soon to be renamed Edible British Columbia, which planned our entire honeymoon for us. It caters to culinary travelers who want a unique food experience while visiting British Columbia.

If I get around to it, I'll try to post a few photos from our trip.

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I have represented a Vancouver company for over 15 years and have done my best to eat my way through that city.  I probably know its restaurants almost as well as D. C.  I agree about C and Vij's although Tamarind is excellent, too.  Tojo's also and well known.  The owner of Lumiere has opened Feenie's which is a more casual version.  (If you ever in Toronto North 44 is similar and one of my favorites anywhere.)  Mistral is one of the most anticipated restaurants to open in Vancouver in a long time-it opened two weeks ago.  One of our favorite restaurants is the Cannery which is not in league with several of those above yet it has a fantastic view, excellent wine list and is one of the best overall "experiences" in any Vancouver restaurant.  If you go their salmon in puff pastry is excellent.  I would describe this as the L'auberge Chez Francois of Vancouver.  The is the link to a post of mine from over three years ago about Sun Sui Weh, Vancouver's premier "live seafood" restaurant: 

http://www.chowhound.com/midatlantic/board...sages/7171.html

We also like one of the original White Spots (North Vancouver on the main highway and easy to find) where they still have curb service and really good, greasy hamburgers.  White Spot is all over B. C. but this is one of only two or three that till serve the way they did in the '50's. 

This is an outstanding website for Vancouver dining: 

http://www.evevancouver.ca/food/index.htm

As an example of what I consider to be a superb tool for researching a city before visiting look at this particular page on evevancouver: 

http://www.evevancouver.ca/food/robsonstreet.htm

D. C. should have something like this.  Scroll around-there a lot there.

I personally think Vancouver has the most beautiful setting of any city on earth.

Thanks, Joe. We agree about the beautiful setting; that is why we keep going back there. I appreciate your recommendations and the links. We have booked Feenies for one of our evenings! Also appreciate the Toronto recommendation; we get there occassionally on trips to Buffalo to see family.

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I second the Vij's recommendation. I was in Vancouver and Vancouver Island for my honeymoon in June. We ate at Vij's our first night in town. We waited over two hours for a table on a Saturday night, but make great friends with some locals in the bar area in the back. They ended up buying our dinner & drinks. Incredible - but the people of British Columbia were wonderfully nice our entire trip, even when we didn't tell folks we were on our honeymoon.

Another stellar meal we had was at West. Now, we did sit at the Chef's Table and eat a seven-course dinner complete with wine pairings and a most amazing cheese course. But we'd return in an instant. The restaurant has a very modern, cool design scheme, a high ceiling, complete with deep colors and replete with wooden wine racks along one wall. Vancouver Magazine just named West its "restaurant of the year."

For a real coffee-shop style sushi restaurant (and a gorgeous view back to downtown and the mountains to the city's north), you must also consider Tojo's.

Richmond, a bustling city just to Vancouver's south, near the airport, is heavily populated by Canadians of Chinese ancestry, and is replete with many restaurants. We took a tour of the city with a local food critic and sample some dim-sum and other delicacies from a variety of food vendors and small cafes. Richmond also hosts a Hong Kong-style night market on Saturday evenings which is an experience undo itself.

Finally, I must pay kudos to Eric Pateman's outfit called Edible Vancouver, soon to be renamed Edible British Columbia, which planned our entire honeymoon for us. It caters to culinary travelers who want a unique food experience while visiting British Columbia.

If I get around to it, I'll try to post a few photos from our trip.

Liam -- Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like we will be booking West for one of our evenings! We will also do some exploring in the Richmond area; alas, we won't be there for the Saturday night market...though I have fond memories of Hong Kong.

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The "signature" dish at Toronto's North 44 is a filet mignon of tuna. I could be wrong about this but I honestly believe that it was "invented" here. I forget the chef/owner's name but he is known throughout Canada and has been quoted at length about why his version of this is so good. About six or seven years ago I was at North 44 and the French Laundry 24 hours apart. Remarkably, one of the courses at FL was a "filet mignon" of tuna. The portion was about one quarter the size of North 44 but delicious. Still, 24 hours apart, I thought North 44 slightly better.

Today, this is an off the menu special at North 44. If you go give serious consideration to ordering it. http://www.north44restaurant.com/ Also, North 44's chef/owner has opened a new restaurant called Bymark. I have not been but it's already "notorious." Finally, for Toronto restaurants, there was once a GREAT fusion restaurant whose chef, Susur Lee, built an international reputation from. This is a link to the current edition of Frommer's: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/toronto/D49114.html He is back; I have not been to his new restaurant but if it is anything like the old one this will be an extraordinary experience.

Finally, the best liquor store in all of Canada (ABC) is on Young street, about three miles in towards downtown. It's worth a stop. Fantastic selection of Canadian ice wine.

Take care.

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The "signature" dish at Toronto's North 44 is a filet mignon of tuna.  I could be wrong about this but I honestly believe that it was "invented" here.  I forget the chef/owner's name but he is known throughout Canada and has been quoted at length about why his version of this is so good.  About six or seven years ago I was at North 44 and the French Laundry 24 hours apart.  Remarkably, one of the courses at FL was a "filet mignon" of tuna.  The portion was about one quarter the size of North 44 but delicious.  Still, 24 hours apart, I thought North 44 slightly better.

Today, this is an off the menu special at North 44.  If you go give serious consideration to ordering it.  http://www.north44restaurant.com/  Also, North 44's chef/owner has opened a new restaurant called Bymark.  I have not been but it's already "notorious."  Finally, for Toronto restaurants, there was once a GREAT fusion restaurant whose chef, Susur Lee, built an international reputation from.  This is a link to the current edition of Frommer's:  http://www.frommers.com/destinations/toronto/D49114.html  He is back; I have not been to his new restaurant but if it is anything like the old one this will be an extraordinary experience.

Finally, the best liquor store in all of Canada (ABC) is on Young street, about three miles in towards downtown.  It's worth a stop.  Fantastic selection of Canadian ice wine.

Take care.

Doesn't the Inn at Little Washington also serve a similar dish?

Anyhow, I've been living in Vancouver for a while now and have documented some of my adventures on my website. A review that isn't up yet is Hu Nan Chinese restaurant at Main and Marine Drive. It's off the beaten path but should not be missed. It's as if you are sitting in the owner's home and she's cooking for you what she cooks for her family - authentic, homey hunanese food. It was here that I was actually able to find a dish that was nearly too spicy for me.

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Really nice website with a number of expressive, well written articles. Thanks for the introduction. Much appreciated.

I've had the filet mignon of tuna at The Inn at Little Washington. It is very good there, too. But North 44's is just charred "right" on the crust (for lack of a better word) with a depth of flavor that the French Laundry also had. I don't know if it's a particular source and a particular kind of tuna but I'v had North 44's a number of times over the years and, on each visit, it still is superior to any other that I've had. To be honest, the FL has about three bites-at most-in their version. The one time I had it I just wanted more and, after sharing a bite with my wife, there was nothing left after I'd my two. Serious. Three bites, total. But this is Keller's philosophy, that anything after the initial few bites is downhill. At North 44 I felt every bite was outstanding.

By the way, I had an incredible piece of fish at Lumiere a couple of years ago. I think it was a sea bass but I'm not sure. But it was one of the best pure fish dishes I've ever had. Plain, simple, just extraordinary flavor and texture.

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Speaking of tuna: Saturday night, sitting at the bar in Kinkead's, I had the absolute best tuna carpaccio I have ever had! Anywhere! Shaved rare tuna with raisins, capers, pine nuts, shaved fennel, arugula and olive oil. A GREAT dish!

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Thanks for the compliments Joe!

If you are interested in writing any original pieces for the website, I am always open to it. I'm sure your knowledge of Vancouver cuisine far exceeds mine.

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We just returned from a trip to Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino, and we loved it. Highly recommend it. In Victoria, we ate at a local mini-chain called Noodlebox: http://www.thenoodlebox.net/index.html - a cute Southeast Asian noodle and curry shop, where the noodles are stir-fried and spiced to order for around $10 for a chinese takeout quart size box of food. Husband had teriyaki udon noodles with tofu (soy and chili flavored) and I had the combination spicy peanut noodles (shrimp, pork and chicken with rice noodles, chinese broccoli, carrots, and a peanutty, coconut milk based sauce). Very authentic flavors and levels of heat. They have 2 locations in Victoria and just opened a spot in Vancouver. We also ate at much-lauded Spinnaker's Gastro-Pub and brewery (http://www.spinnakers.com/). While the beer was good and the focus on local products admirable, the food was "eh" (we had fish and chips and the cioppino). We did purchase some locally made truffles from the takeout counter on the way out (where you can also purchase coffee, baked goods, and cheeses), and the Scotch flavored ones were amazing - flavored with Chivas Regal with a toffee-walnut topping.

In Tofino, we recommend SoBo, small gem of an operation in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. We read about this place in Saveur magazine. Excellent, simple fresh fare with a gourmet flare. I had the shrimp cake served with aioli and the polenta fries (polenta mixed with asiago, deep-fried and served with a caesar mayo). Husband had the seafood chowder with a large wedge of cornbread. The chowder had a faint chipotle flavor with strips of smoked salmon jerky and fresh dill on top. The salmon jerky tasted like bacon. Friendly staff with a regular local clientele as well as foodie tourists. When the weather's warm, they serve their food from a bright purple truck; otherwise, a no frills dining room. We tried fresh Vancouver Island Kushi oysters for the first time here. Delicious.

Vancouver is an incredible food city, especially for Asian food of all kinds: Chinese, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Korean, etc. Cheap and high end (though the exchange rate currently sucks). A highlight is the izakaya meal we had at Guu with Garlic. Izakaya is basically asian tapas, generally enjoyed with alcohol. At Guu, most of the items are under $6. We enjoyed tuna tataki with onion and deep-fried garlic, kimchee nabe, agedashi tofu, deep-fried chicken pieces with mayo, and a pitcher of ice-cold beer for $35. We also had authentic ramen at Kintaro Ramen on Denman/cross street Robson, a cash-only, bare bones ramen shop. The basic formula is a big bowl of handmade noodles, choice of 3 kinds of broth (shoyu, shio, and miso) that you can order mild, medium or rich, and choice of fatty pork, lean pork or bbq pork for under $10. The miso ramen comes with corn. There's also a version of ramen with corn and cheese (!) that's apparently very popular with the ladies. You can order other/extra toppings for your ramen like nori, egg, green onion for an extra charge. We enjoyed some tasty gyoza dumplings with our ramen (not that we needed it). Eating here made we wish we had a real ramen shop in D.C.

Last but not least, our fine dining choice is West for french-west coast cuisine: http://www.westrestaurant.com/westrestaurant/

Great service, excellent cooking in a contemporary setting. The seasonal menu is $98, chef's tasting menu is $129, with optional wine pairings available for both. We ordered ala carte and had excellent fresh oysters: Pacific Rim and Kushi; a delectable appetizer of biodynamic yellowfoot mushroom and arugula risotto; a pork belly, suckling pig and house-made sausage dish, and a tuna steak with dungeness crab salad (cucumber, crabmeat, fennel, baby arugula) and green-olive tapenade oil. For dessert, an apple-stuffed brioche with maple custard. We also had an amuse of sweet corn soup with pumpkin that epitomized autumn in an espresso cup.

All in all, I was enchanted by Vancouver, and would go back not only for the beautiful forests, mountains, and mighty Pacific Ocean, but for the excellent, diverse, and interesting cuisine that's evolving there. Next time I'd like to check out the Okonagan wine country.

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We just returned from a trip to Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino, and we loved it.

In Tofino, we recommend SoBo, small gem of an operation in the Tofino Botanical Gardens.

Last but not least, our fine dining choice is West for french-west coast cuisine: http://www.westrestaurant.com/westrestaurant/

Great service, excellent cooking in a contemporary setting. The seasonal menu is $98, chef's tasting menu is $129, with optional wine pairings available for both. We ordered ala carte and had excellent fresh oysters: Pacific Rim and Kushi; a delectable appetizer of biodynamic yellowfoot mushroom and arugula risotto; a pork belly, suckling pig and house-made sausage dish, and a tuna steak with dungeness crab salad (cucumber, crabmeat, fennel, baby arugula) and green-olive tapenade oil. For dessert, an apple-stuffed brioche with maple custard. We also had an amuse of sweet corn soup with pumpkin that epitomized autumn in an espresso cup.

Vancouver & Vancouver Island is a special corner of the world on a number of fronts, including its cuisine.post-310-1162183097_thumb.jpg post-310-1162183225_thumb.jpg

My wife and I had one of the meals of our life at West while on our honeymoon in June 2005. West can prepare both surf & turf brillantly. I also recall its stellar cheese course.

We visited SoBo in Tofino as well. A definite stop for foodies. Tofino is off the beaten path, surely, but it's well worth the drive over the mountains. post-310-1162182974_thumb.jpg If you're starting your drive north from Victoria, Zanatta Winery in Duncan, B.C., is a very pleasant stop for lunch. I was quite amazed at the quality of the food here.

Apart from the much heralded Wickaninnish Inn and the Long Beach Lodge, Shelter along the "main drag" in Tofino is another good option for dinner. post-310-1162183307_thumb.jpg

I've posted a few Tofino pictures for your enjoyment. Cheers.

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Vancouver & Vancouver Island is a special corner of the world on a number of fronts, including its cuisine

We too honeymooned in BC and Tofino (summer of 04). It is a great foodie spot for all of the fresh seafood pulled right out of the sound there. Salmon, halibut, dungeness crabs...lots of fond memories.

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I'll be at a conference in Vancouver for five days at the end of this month, and I was wondering if the recommendations in this thread still stand. I'll be at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on the waterfront during the days. It's my first trip to Vancouver, so if anyone has a must do recommendation, please let me know.

Thanks.

-Linda

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I'll be at a conference in Vancouver for five days at the end of this month, and I was wondering if the recommendations in this thread still stand. I'll be at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on the waterfront during the days. It's my first trip to Vancouver, so if anyone has a must do recommendation, please let me know.

Thanks.

-Linda

I just got back from Vancouver this past Sunday....Here are my short recommendations based on my eats of the trip --

Tojo's -- awesome sushi and Japanese cuisine...if you go omakase, expect to cough up a lot of $$ but incredible -- you'll need to cab it here from downtown -- awesome stuff, but pricey

Vij's -- inventive Indian....very good food but go early or go late, you'll miss the freely passed nibble food at the micro bar in the back, but they don't take reservations and it gets packed and quick -- you'll need to cab it here as well -- recommended but only if you go early or late

Japadog is a hotdog cart maybe a 5 to 6 block walk from the heart of downtown, they have regular dogs, but their Japanesed-up versions are inventive, fun and tasty -- a nice quick and cheap lunch that is tasty

Okada (Sushi) is a restaurant up a flight of stairs in a good location but practically invisible from the street. But the food there is amazing. Their specials are out of this world, too. Monkfish liver, Japanaese snapper and the piece de resistance a whole mackerel cut up just for you. Recommended, most definitely. It's walakable from the main waterfront area, too.

Peaceful (Chinese) Restaurant -- another short cab ride away, this place absolutely rocks and is freaking dirt cheap. Their hot beef roll alone, at a mere $5.95, is practically otherworldly. Go here, go here, go here, go here.

Mondo Gelato on Robson serves up maybe 30 flavors of daily-changing gelatos and afagatos. Worth a stop for something sweet and good. Easily walkable from main downtown...

There is so much good food in Vancouver, at every price point, you almost can't go wrong. Just follow your nose.

For more detailed write-ups about the food -- go here and enjoy!

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I'll be at a conference in Vancouver for five days at the end of this month, and I was wondering if the recommendations in this thread still stand. I'll be at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on the waterfront during the days. It's my first trip to Vancouver, so if anyone has a must do recommendation, please let me know.

Thanks.

-Linda

Some of our favorites:

Vij's for contemporary Indian

Chambar for mussels and Belgian beer

West for terrific seasonal tastes

Parkside for neighborhood fine eating

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Vij's seems to be on everyone's list. I'll try to make that one.

I always have great plans for eating at meetings, and then most nights, I inevitably end up walking with people to the closest restaurant that isn't too crowded. So in the spirit of reality, it is also good to hear that we probably won't get in terrible trouble just rolling the dice.

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I'll throw Octopus' garden out there, just because sushi is so much more affordable here than in DC and this is a great place to get it.

Sean Heather's Salt in gastown is a rare gem. A simple concept done to the nines.

Vancouver's greatest strength, however, is its Chinese cuisine - likely the best outside of China. Once again, I'll pimp my website (see signature). Get Dim sum at some point - you won't believe the difference between DC area places until you try it. Then maybe try a shangainese spot - shanghai river for upscale, the place or chen's shanghai for family run. Peaceful is good, but i feel it trys to please too many tastes, instead of perfecting a specific cuisine.

have fun!

-jason

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The best laid plans... We were staying at the downtown waterfront which is a bit far from the other areas in Vancouver, so much of what we had was influenced by how much time we had and how close it was to the convention center. For a quick downtown lunch or dinner, we liked Cactus Club Cafe which is a chain, but had good food and the best yam fries I had while there. Perfectly crispy on the outside, creamy and smooth on the inside. They also had a nice kiwi caipirinha that was a really well-balanced drink. Good beer was had at the Steamworks microbrewery, although there was general agreement that one is the limit on the espresso stout.

We also went to the Aurora Bistro with a party of eight. They are small with limited seating, and the food was just spot on. Between all of us, I think we had everything on the menu. I particularly liked the shallot tart with camembert, and the duck salad, sablefish, and pork dishes got very good reviews as well. This restaurant is known for supporting sustainable farming and local producers, and the food is excellent.

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We're going to be in Vancouver and Victoria for a week or so (staying on Robson street in Vancouver), and trying to plan for some fantastic meals. If anyone has any suggestions for cheap or moderately-priced meals, I'd really appreciate it! We're probably going to try and hit West and Tojo's for our pricier meals. Is Feenie's still a good place to go if we're thinking of skipping Lumiere? We're also planning on late night izakaya and ramen eats - any favorite spots? Thanks!

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I LOVED EATING IN VANCOUVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After poking around in the thread, on egullet and on http://www.eatvancouver.net/, I devised a list of must/want/might eat-at places. Walking around, there were hardly any neighborhoods where I didn'y spot a place I'd read something about. There were so many great food experiences. We were in the West End on Robson, so our block already had a wonderful array of choices. Some highlights:

izikaya at Guu, Goyza King, and Hapa Izikaya

authentic ramen at Kintaro Ramen

many, many cones at Mondo Gelato

dim sum at Kirin

fish and chips and amazing fish tacos at Go Fish on Granville Island

lots of street crepes from various vendors

sushi pretty much everywhere

Oddly enough, our least favorite meal was at West. Probably a case of inflated expectations, and the service and setting were rather magnificent. The food, however (summer tasting menu)...each course was slightly not to our taste. Maybe the pickles overwhelmed, the fish paired with flavors that that didn't quite match (for us, anyway), and creme brulee was NOT improved by freezing. (I did enjoy the risotto, but couldn't detect much seafood flavor, which pleased me but not my shellfish-loving dining partner). All the ingredients were fresh and the presentation was lovely, but overall, I was underwhelmed, which made me sad because I'd looked forward to the meal all week!

Our favorite meal was at a cute little Malaysian cafe (Banana Leaf) on Denman - we stoped in for lunch during the Pride Parade (I could still watch out the window) and we ordered the tasting menu. Small tastes of pretty much everything on the menu we wanted to try- puffy, chewy roti, chicken satay, excellent seafood curry, bright, tart fruit/vegetable salad, succulent beef rendang, fiery vegetables, and something like tempura-fried bananas served with ice cream (I thought I wouldn't like this but it was scrape-the-bowl FANTASTIC). We had to roll out of there and barely had room for a late dinner that night (but managed somehow, of course!).

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