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Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

Well hopefully true foodies will do their research before coming to Canada.

Although this is no different than when your friends/relatives take you to their favourite place in their city that they think is the "Best". YMMV depending on your friend/relative.

Oh, this thread is supplying traffic to the Rogers Media group who put out that list 'cause it use to be overseen by Maclean's magazine.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

TBH these lists are always contentious and that's the point. They are great for driving traffic and generating exposure to these media's sites and publications.

It's perfect click bait. In order to debate, people need to see the list first.

Sometimes I think those that create the list purposely put an oddball choice in the top 10 to get people riled up.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

Thanks for the support LR. To be honest, yesterday's trip was a scouting mission so you may have to wait 6 weeks for a review.

Don't think it's fair to write a review based on them being open only 2 days and without a full menu available. Just wanted to see if it was worth my time to return in about month to do a proper visit or two.

To be honest I read they were offering tortas and that's actually what I wanted to try.

The greeter confirmed they would like to add tortas to the menu but it will come later.

I will go back in about a month.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

I too was surprised that there wasn't a lot of sauce. However, with the exception of the Carnitas, the meat in the filling was moist.

They have a station for various salsas and pickled veggies to help dress up the tacos.

I just went plain for this round to better understand the flavour of the fillings. There's potential.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

Quick Take: Just had 4 tacos (No palitos, Cochinita Pibil, pollo con mole & Carnita) from Tacomio and I see potential but I would wait a few weeks for a re-visit.

Just their second day and they don't have their full menu available. The more interesting fillings like the Pork Rind are not available yet.

I like the No palitos (cactus & chorizo) filling. The kitchen needs to do some adjustments on some of the flavours.

Nine Dishes

"The Force is strong with this one" --> fmed

That review confirms Chef Yves presence at Gala Cafe.

Nine Dishes

If you are looking for Chef Yves, he's at Ga La Cafe in the Metrotown area in Burnaby according to fmed.

Or you can follow fmed on twitter @wisemonkeysblog to get all his hole in the wall finds.

Yaletown lunch on a Sunday in March with gluten free options?

I like BaoQi out of the all the choices you rattled off. Love the Pomelo Salad. Everything is fresh. The only thing is that it's a tiny little spot, so it might be cramp quarters for your party.

Minami is open during 3-5pm but with a very limited "Bar Bites" menu if I recall.

Sai Woo - E. Pender, 2015

I'm greedy I want more. My vision is for Chinatown to be the epicentre of Modern Chinese movement in Vancouver. Certainly Bao Bei has done a great job of being a Standard bearer but there can be more.

Chinese cuisine is very diverse and regionalized. I think a few "modern" Chinese restaurants could exist in Chinatown as long as they specialize in different regional cuisines.

Imagine modernize Cantonese, Hakka, Shanghainese or Chiuchow all with a short stroll of one another. A renaissance for Chinese food and for Chinatown.

Fat Mao Noodle Bar (coming to E. Georgia/Main)

I'm curious if this place is leaning towards soup noodles, wok stir fry or a combination, especially since the article noting that they will only have set number of number portions.

I can envision soups done in one culinary tradition and then maybe stir fry in another.

Eager to check this place out since Angus An is involved.

Sai Woo - E. Pender, 2015

I've been keeping an eye on this place too. I truly believe that modern Chinese could flourish in Chinatown and help with the area's revitalization while maintaining some cultural roots.

My only concern is the person behind the project, formerly of Section 3 in Yaletown, will make the spot more about drinks than food.

More than happy to TOFTT as well when the place opens.

Dream burger

I tried my first Five Guys "Baby" Cheeseburger this week and I get the love.

However, for a single patty comparison I think I like the 2.85 food cart Cheeseburger more for its beefy flavour.

All those fresh free toppings at Five Guys kinda of obscure the patty's flavour in Baby Version.

To be honest, anything unhealthy I feel East Coast does it better. I didn't try Burger Priest, but I was impressed with the Cheeseburger at Toma Burger.

On the flip side, I couldn't get on a plane fast enough so I could come home and get decent sushi.

AYCE Chinese hotpot (includes Wagyu beef) @ Jun Yuan Restaurant

To be honest I'm highly suspicious when a blog/article uses the same images from the restaurant's website for their piece.

Did the person even go to the restaurant? Did they just rip off the photos off the website.

Or more likely given the website, the restaurant provided the images and the write-up is an advertorial.

Buyer Beware. I would wait until more reviews come in.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

So Mia Stainsby Best of the new in 2014 is out and it's a bit different than Alex Gills.

In summary Mia Stainsby's list includes:
-Au Comptoir
-The Abbey
-Café Medina
-The Fat Badger
-My Shanti

Some similarities. I might have to re-visit Blacktail. Seems like the new Chef has turned the place around. I think I need to move up Cinara on my list of places to try, as both critics have it on their top 10.

Vancouver Suggestions

I found Espana to be average. Was disappointed with some of the meat dishes which were kind of bland. Liked the Patatas Bravas and the flan.

There may not be a lot of Tapas specific places but there are lots of small plates Asian and non-Asian in Vancouver for comparison sake and Espana just didn't have too many "wow" dishes for me.

It also didn't help that I had a wonderful meal in Toronto at Bar Isabel this past summer and Espana's not even close.

Every week sushi?

GE, Regarding Zero One it's still the same people running the place. They pared down the menu to eliminate rolls and simply re-branded.

They still have excellent chirashi dons.

Best 21 New Neighborhood Cafes in 2014 | Vancouver Foodster

I like the below website to keep track of the new and upcoming Cafes & Coffee Shops in Vancouver.

Are "small plates" just a trend (I hope)

I don't think this is a fad especially when it's been around for almost a decade and is rooted in a lot of various cultures' eating habits.

I've been dinning on small plates since I was kid thanks to Dim Sum and Da Lang.

From a non-Chinese perspective at least since 2005 with restaurants like Brix, Tapastree, the BINs, La Bodega.

Today it's places like Chicha, Burdock & Co, Espana, Wildebeest and not to mention all the izakayas.

I think the only thing one might have to wrap their heads around is ordering in rounds throughout the meal instead of once at the beginning.

Easy way to try different things maybe one normally doesn't eat and if you like something order another plate of it.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

Not sure which ones and maybe it's more her mythology than fact. Here's a video of her speaking about food and why she stayed in Vancouver.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

Alex Gill is an "All in" writer and doesn't hold back. When she loves the food, she puts it on a heavenly pedestal. When she hates something, she has no issues calling it out and carving the place up.

As a result, she's developed the rep for being a harsh food critic with an acid tongue. Her "mean girl" rep has been enhanced by the fact that she has been banned and kicked out of restaurants in the city.

In my opinion, her writing style when she writes a negative review is more engaging and vivid in comparison to her positive reviews.

That's why I think a "Worst 10" list would be more interest to read.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

That was my impression too when I started seeing a full court PR blitz from both bloggers and MSM in the summer.

Has any CHs been to My Shanti and can give a review?

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

No, it is Alex Gill's list for top 10 NEW restaurants in Vancouver for 2014.

I just re-read her review of Boulevard and I don't think it should of made her list based on her own review.

Although I think, considering her reputation, A TOP 10 worst dinning experience in 2014 according to Alex Gill would have been more fun to read.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

Based on that list, it looks like the Vancouver Regional had a bad year for new notable restaurants in 2014.

I don't really consider Chambar and Cafe Medina new. Both have been around for years and simply moving into new digs allows them to be on the list based on technicality.

Surprised Boulevard made it onto Alex Gill's list considering she gave them a mixed, trending towards negative review.

Glad to see Mr. Red Cafe make the list.

There must of have been other notable restaurants that opened in 2014, perhaps Ms. Gill did not have a chance to get to. Off the top of my head:
-Basho Cafe
-Left Bank
-New Ramenyas: Taishoken, Yah Yah Ya, Gyoza Bar
-Nicli's Next Door

Middle Eastern restaurants in Vancouver

She couldn't have ask for Middle Eastern recommendations on twitter?

The below pop into mind.
Anatolia's Gate

Although I think the real question for me is why there are not more restaurants featuring cuisine from the Philippines in Vancouver?

According to the last census in 2011, in Vancouver 18,805 identify Tagalog as their mother tongue. Only about 9,000 - 10,000 identify mothers tongues from the Middle East.

Shockingly there are only about 7,000 who select Korean as their mother tongue and yet we have tons of Korean restaurants.

Best izakaya for a Birthday party?

I like Guu Garden and Kingyo.

3 Dinners in Vancouver

Call it a case of quirky kismet, fmed was there last night without knowing about Bo's involvement.

Ask what he thought of the food and he deemed it worthy.

Fresh Tofu in Vancouver-ish?

For Tofu desserts, my parents go to Healthy Soyfoods (604-433-2842) in the market place at Crystal Mall.

Turkish Gourmet?

GE, have you tried fatayers? Spotted a place near the Central Library DT during the summer but forgot about it until I saw this thread. Kinda of wondering what the diff is between fatayers vs. pides.

High end dim sum in the area

Chef Tony fits the bill.

Favourable review from G&M's Alex Gill.

Good place to buy meats for Chinese hotpot/steamboat ?

Crystal Mall market place is a good option for good quality meat for Hot Pot that is totally cheaper than T&T. I think it's stall 1119 called Da Tong that already has frozen hot pot meat ready to go.

You can buy vegetables, tofu and other meat products there too.