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Feast - new in west van

The chef is Kayla Dhaliwall who used to be the chef at House Guest and there was chicken & waffles there too so I think it's a signature for her. The seasoning is smokey with a little kick. It's served with a thick gravy.

Feast - new in west van

New restaurant in the old Dundarave Fish Market spot - Feast. I got to try out a chunk of the menu with friends last week. The concept is west coasty, refined comfort food (think ridiculous burger, mussels, pork belly)

It's not the Fish Market anymore (don't get me wrong - I loved me some rip tide squid). The room's been brought into this century (like a spoonful of Gastown in West Van) - y'know, weathered wood and ever-so-rusted industrial pendants with those old timey lightbulbs.

We tried a number of dishes that were all solid. Highlights were the avocado & beet fries, the almost all crab cakes, the ginormous burger (ground in house so you can order it cooked something other than well done! comes with a raft of bacon!) and the fried chicken (crispy and flavourful, and I noted available at brunch with waffles). There were healthier things on the table (the roasted halibut was well executed) but I yam what I yam.

Dessert wise I think they are still settling down but they do have mini donuts so you could have an entirely deep fried meal there in theory. I support that lifestyle choice.

Unfortunately, I did not get pics of everything that was tried cause my battery was dying but here are the bone marrow toast, side of greens and that chicken. Entrees were in the $20-30 range with sizeable portions. Overall, a good addition to the strip. I could see myself going there for brunch, getting a treat from Temper and then picking up a steak from Sebastian for dinner.

New to Frasier/King Ed neighbourhood - Whats good?

Oh my god. How could I forget Ho Yuen Kee?? I was obsessed with their Peking duck and chicken salad a few years back. Yum.

New to Frasier/King Ed neighbourhood - Whats good?

Yes, your new hood is definitely undergoing some changes.

In addition to what's already been mentioned, I would add Hai Phong and Green Lemongrass for Vietnamese. You are also ridiculously close to the Main & King Ed area where you can find The Fish Counter, The Acorn, and East is East.

I've been to Carano and I would say that it's a great neighbourhood option but not worth a trek from out of the hood. I think Barberella (which is really just a hop, skip and jump from your door) does a way better job.

A little further down Fraser there is a Venezuelan spot called Magda's that's good for when that arepa itch must be scratched.

I've heard good things about Pink Peppercorn but I have yet to visit.


Good Bread in Van

Eater just broke that Purebread is opening a location in downtown Vancouver (W. Hastings and Cambie, same building as Meat and Bread). Whoa.

Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

For sure. Lots of things that have already been mentioned above. I would +1 Columbia City breads (the bread situation in Vancouver depresses me to no end), everything at Crumble & Flake but especially the brownies, Paseo Caribbean roast, and the made-to-order doughnuts from Dahlia (if Seattle has a doughnut shop as good as Portland's Blue Star, I am not aware of it and will be upset that no one told me about it). The biscuits at Serious Biscuit are good but not unreal, though there's no better/equivalent at home so it's worth a go for brunch.

As for individual dishes, I would single out the calamares from Harvest Vine, the kalbi at Joule, anything seafood at Canlis, the meatball or porchetta sandwich (or the gnocchi if you go on a Tuesday) at Salumi, and everything at Il Corvo. Don't make the same mistake we made last time we "weren't that hungry" and only order 2 of the 3 options - never again!

Also, if you are going to Ballard, try a cone from Parfait.

As for Altura, I get it. I brought it up because it was the first really memorable meal I've had this year and it's not standard Italian fare well executed; it's really creative food with strong Italian roots. There were things like a salad of raw thinly sliced porcini with salmon roe and bone marrow tuile. So it stood out.

Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

Hey - another fellow Vancouverite chiming in for some reason.

We were in Seattle for a quickie a few weeks ago and ate many delicious and amazing things as always. Most noteworthy though - and I know that you said you weren't feeling Italian lately - but seriously. The tasting menu at Altura was fantastic! It's very modern and interesting. I loves me some Spinasse but I thought with its approach, it might be a good replacement for Book Bindery (interested to see what they come up with next - I loved BB).

Late Sunday night dinner recos

Forgot to follow up here. Thanks for the reco, both. We ended up going to Von Trapp's for beer and sausage. Can't win em all.

The Fat Badger

Forgot to include these yesterday. The interior is dark gray and it was crowded so I didn't really take pictures but here is the menu.

Best late night eats

10pm is definitely not all that limiting downtown.

I would definitely second the general option of West End izakayas (and Suika on Broadway). Most of them are open til at least 1am.

Other options would be:

Buckstop on Denman (modern barbecue, good drink specials, open til 2 usuall),

I believe The Flying Pig is open til midnight. That's more of a treat for a date night away from the chitlins.

The Calabash is open late and usually has music at night. It's so fun and the food is delicious.

Bao Bei is open til midnight. Delicious cocktails and good food. Also pretty date worthy.

If it's a special occasion, Hawksworth is also open til 12am.

Fabulous brunch spots?

Too late for your March visit, but on the topic of brunch, the Calabash Bistro recently started serving a very tasty Caribbean brunch menu. Tried the crab cakes with poached eggs and rundown (coconut "hollandaise"), the roti with turkey sausage and the Brunch Bowl with jerk beef and fried plantains. I'm always up for a new brunch option with something a little different. Of course, being the Calabash, brunchy cocktails were delicious (grapefruit. rhubarb. mimosa. yes, I'll take 3 to start please.)

The Fat Badger

Got a chance to visit the newly opened Fat Badger, the gastropub concept that opened in the former Le Gavroche space on Alberni.

The menu has tasty takes on most of the British classics you might expect. The menu, written on chalkboards along the wall which I'm guessing means they will be making regular changes, is divided into "Bar Snacks", "Starters", "Mains" and "Desserts".

We tried mini yorkies with roast beef and gravy, the chicken tikka masala and paneer on chips (British poutine!), the fish & chips with mushy peas (ling cod), the welsh rarebit (perhaps not the best choice after our multiple fried courses). Everything but the fish was considered a "bar snack" though they were reasonably sizeable dishes so I'm not sure what a starter would look like.

The food was very good - the chips exceptionally proper thick-cut chips. Next time, I think we will order some of the lighter dishes (saw spot prawn cocktail and whiskey-cured salmon) so I have room for delicious toffee-y British desserts.

Richmond Night Market 2014

They are the same concept but with different fillings to choose from. I tried them at a market a couple of years ago from Slavic Rolls and their fillings were almost all Kraft-style jarred stuff and the pastry itself is SO much better at Transylvanian Traditions, where it's actually crisp and flavourful. Slavic Rolls was a bit disappointing.

Tacofino to open 2nd storefront in Gastown

Eater is reporting that Tacofino will be opening in Gastown - possibly old Boneta location. mmmmmm - tacos.

anyone good place for Kalbi (Korean Barbequed Beef Short Ribs) ?

I would second Sura for really tender and delicious kalbi downtown.

Is there good paella in town ?

I wouldn't categorize it as affordable (though it's not expensive), but Espana does a nightly paella and it's tasty.

Recommendations for Chinese food near Gastown area

Well, it's funny that Gastown is pretty much right next to Chinatown but, as I'm sure you're read on this board, Chinatown is not really where to go for Chinese food. However, there are a couple of places worth checking out.

Jade Dynasty on Pender St. has decent, cheap dim sum. It's our go to when we're in the hood for dim sum.

For a modernized take, Bao Bei is fun and has tasty cocktails too.

Kam Gok on Pender and Gain Wah on Keefer are two old school spots that are still tasty. Even though you can't get really amazing fancy Chinese in Chinatown, you can get really delicious congee and barbecued duck and pork things.

All that said, I would still trek over to Phnom Penh if I only had one meal slot left.

West End Foodies

We have been to Buck Stop several times. I am torn. I want it to be great and I love that it's in the neighbourhood - and I know that Vancouver is lacking the BBQ category. But the reality is that it's not as good as I want it to be. The brisket and pulled pork are good enough. The beef ribs and smoked chicken are decent. But the pork ribs - the only must for me at barbecue - are not awesome (ribs should be smokey and succulent; these are kinda dry). And the cornbread - not awesome. And they don't have biscuits. Those are real misses for this style of place.

On the plus side they have good drinks (and drink specials), the staff is friendly, it's a warm room that is open late and they have a nice variety of menu items so you can go with people who don't necessarily want a huge platter of meat and they will not be forced to eat beans for dinner.

Late Sunday night dinner recos

Hey, neighbo(u)rs. Vancouver CH heading to town for a quick weekend visit in May and was wondering where one might go for excellent eats later (like 10:30) on a Sunday night. We are going to a show at the Paramount and will be hollowed out shells by the end.

I know Palace Kitchen and Le Pichet are close and open late but I'd like to know if there's anything newer we should hit that's open later (and on a Sunday).


VanMag Restaurant Awards 2014

The results are in. Let the rants begin.

New pizza joint to open in Kerrisdale - from the Wildebeest Team

Hey now, I would have no problem with a mac and cheese place that did really good mac and cheese. Unfortunately, The Mac Shack just sucked.

Big news on Scout - Toptable Group has been sold to the Aquilinis

Temper Chocolate & Pastry

Finally made it out to West Vancouver's newest jewel - Temper Chocolate & Pastry today. Though the location is probably out of the way for most, it's definitely been added to my list of worth-the-trip destinations (plus it's on the same block as Dundarave Fish Market and Sebastiani & Co butcher - not a bad combo).

The interior is all white marble and glass with mid-century touches of wood, chrome and robin egg blue.

Here's what I tried
- a latte, Stumptown beans, topped with a branded disc of chocolate
- several chocolates - all pretty tasty. The Vanilla Bourbon was filled with vanilla beans
- the Charlie Bite, croissant bits baked with cinnamon sugar - yum!
- a Montreal smoked meat sandwich and a corned beef sandwich - both tasty (they have a menu of about 5 different savoury sandwiches)
- an orange madeleine, sliced and sandwiched with whipped cream - delicious
- a coconut croissant
- the black forest cake cause I needed something rich after all that - similar to the Thomas Haas execution.

Overall, I was really impressed. If this were closer to home, I would probably end up there way too much.

Special occasion dinners

That's excellent. You will not find a meal like it in Vancouver at any price.

Special occasion dinners

You got me. It feels like it's right over the border but in fact it's about 20 min south of it and then there's a crossing you have to take to actually get to onto the island, so Google Maps is not lying.

Special occasion dinners

Vancouver is apparently too 'laid back' to support a lot of true fine dining but for very good but kinda pricey meals, I would say The Pear Tree, Cioppino's, Blue Water, and Le Crocodile all fit the bill. Also, the room is in severe need of an update but Diva at the Met is serving really tasty food these days.

If you want a *really* special occasion, blow the doors down meal, drive 45 minutes south to Lummi Island and hit the Willows Inn. It's unbelievable.

Kerry Gold butter? Best Cdn brand butter avail in BC?

UPDATE! 84% fat Stirling butters from Ontario are now available at Lower Mainland Whole Foods (spotted at least at Cambie, West Van and Robson). Unfortunately, it is $5.99/0.5 lb.

I will be testing it out with a laminated dough this weekend...

New in the West End - Greenhorn

The newest addition to the West End is a coffee shop/cafe called Greenhorn. It features an impressive array of hipster accoutrement including fresh cut flowers and vintage bicycles - who knew the West End was cool? - a limited but tasty looking menu of hot plates and pastries and some solid coffee. So far, I've only tried a latte and a snack but I will report more as I delve further.

Black Forest Cake?

That's funny. I also tried the Beta 5 BF Cream Puff and found it disappointing. I couldn't understand why it had this super sweet frosting on top - tasted a bit like a candied cherry chocolate from a box of Pot of Golds - not the sour cherry deliciousness I was expecting. The other flavours I tried were very good.

Black Forest Cake?

I guess I'll have to take that one for the team.