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Must Eats in Vancouver

I'm a sushi nut. Here's my picks.

Best sushi high end:
Octopus Garden - Close to Kits Beach. Intimate, small room, very expensive, unique dishes. Reservations a good idea.
Blue Water Cafe - not really a sushi restaurant per se but they do make some great stuff. Very expensive, large room, fine dining. Reservations essential.
Tojo's - Great sushi but you will drop big $$$

Mid End:
Kishimoto - On Commercial Drive. The best bang for your buck in town. Try to avoid peak hours as the lineups get long.
Miko - On Robson Street. Very traditional, but casual. Great spot for lunch. Miko can get expensive depending on what you order.
Sushi by Yuji - very casual, bit of a strange location (Kingsway), cheaper than other options on this list.
Temaki - Solid sushi in Kitsilano.

Izakaya:
Kingyo - I still haven't been here. This makes me sad. Never heard anyone say a bad thing about it though! It's tops on my list for a visit.

Unique to Vancouver:
Vij's - Get there before they open or you're waiting an hour or more.
Go Fish - Great fish and chips, tacos, sandwiches, soups...Stunning setting at Granville Island. I've lived in Vancouver all my life and I still get blown away by the scenery when I go here. I was there on Tuesday in fact. Expect a long lineup. Here's a pic from Tuesday!

Crave on Main closing

It's still the same owners as Tapas 23, they have just changed the name and menu. The new menu does look good. I'll check it out eventually as I love the patio there.

Grapes and Soda (sister to Farmer's Apprentice) now open!

I have not but it is certainly on my list. How many seats at the bar? This city is sorely lacking in decent wine bars so I'm excited to give it a go.

May 12, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

On my only visit I thought the kale chicken caesar was pretty good. Not mind blowing by any means but I would order it again.

We do not agree on the room unfortunately. I can't stand the design. It feels contrived to me and the sound really bounces off the stark white walls.

I do question your co-workers palates if they are raving about Tractor.

May 07, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coal Harbour restaurants and other Vancouver dining question

Cactus is fine for a lunch. The space is pretty cool. Lift is probably better for a few drinks then head somewhere better for dinner. Another good lunch/drink spot with views is Cardero's.

May 05, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

Shameless plug for my blog. All these places are within walking distance from the Convention Centre. http://lunchwarrior.blogspot.ca/

Zest or Octopus Garden For Omakase?

OG

May 03, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner before U2 @ Rogers?

Really enjoyed my one visit to Cinara. Good suggestion there.

Apr 28, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner before U2 @ Rogers?

Chambar
Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smokehouse

Apr 28, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Anna Lena

I haven't had a chance to check out Anna Lena yet but I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the space itself? I was not a big fan of the previous design at Kits Daily Kitchen.

Apr 28, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

I popped by Sushi by Yuji last week. I had miso soup, tuna nigiri, spicy tuna roll, and vegetable gyoza. Everything was top notch. The nigiri was the perfect temperature with nice big chunks of tuna and a small ball of rice. The vegetable gyoza was also fantastic. Highly recommended.

seeking good food + hockey on tv

Tough question! A couple suggestions...you could sit at the bar at the Kitchen on Main. http://dev.kitchenonmainst.com/
They only have a few seats at the bar though so could be tough to grab one of em.

Cascade Room might work also.

Bring some kleenex - will be a lot of tears flowing tonight.

Apr 23, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Omakase in Vancouver, or, The Tojo Conundrum

I've only eaten at Zest once so I hesitate to comment. I will say my experience was very average. For that much money, you're in much better hands at Octopus Garden.

Apr 23, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 4 nights

Go to Miko on Robson st. for sushi. It's exactly what you are describing.

Kingyo and the various Guu's would be a good bet for Izakaya.

Ice Cream - Bella Gelateria (major lineups depending on time of day)

Seafood - If you go to Granville Island (and you should) grab some fish and chips at Go Fish. This is a quintessential Vancouver experience.

Apr 08, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Does Vancouver have a signature dish?

The California Roll of course!

Sushi restaurant in Vancouver that takes reservations?

Thumbs way up on Farmer's Apprentice.

Mar 25, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi restaurant in Vancouver that takes reservations?

Lot's of great suggestions here but if it is a special occasion, I would do either Octopus Garden or Blue Water Cafe.

OG is a small room with maybe 10 tables. Top notch sushi.

BWC is a much larger room with a more upscale vibe. BWC has a lot more going on other than sushi as well. The only problem here is you could easily surpass your budget if you're not careful.

If you are looking for another sushi meal (lunch maybe?) and want a more casual spot hit up Miko on Robson as previously mentioned.

Note: Miko and Miku are different places!

Kishimoto Sushi to close for Spring break (March 9th-23rd)

Sounds awful! Lot's of other great sushi joints in town though! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001135

Mar 17, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Pizza Culture

I would say that Vancouver's pizza scene has improved greatly in the last few years. Nicli in Gastown started things and now we have several shops serving up very decent pizza.

I can't really answer your questions about a pizza culture unique to Vancouver. I personally cannot eat any of the $1 slice pizza...it's just plain bad!

Mar 16, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Japanese/Sushi near UBC/Point Grey/Dunbar for Monday Lunch - suggestions?

I like Rajio. It's more of an izakaya but they do have some great sushi as well.

http://www.rajiopublichouse.com/food/

Mar 16, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Three Nights in Vancouver

Miko is a great idea. It might be better for lunch though. The ambiance there is pretty old school ie. no frills! Do not miss it though.

If I could pick one restaurant to go to for an anniversary it would be Blue Water Cafe. Some say it has a corporate vibe but I disagree. You won't find a nicer place for an anniversary dinner. Resos mandatory.

I had a great meal at Tavola recently which shouldn't be too far from your hotel. Get the brick chicken!!! You'll also want a res here.

Have a great time!

Mar 08, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver wedding venues

Too bad. I got married there and the food was stellar. This was ten years ago however.

Mar 06, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

recommend restaurant in Whistler, BC

I was in Whistler last week and had a flat out amazing meal at Araxi. Do not miss Araxi!!! Reservations are essential.

For more casual fare I really enjoyed Pasta Lupino and Caramba.

Sai Woo - E. Pender, 2015

Modern Chinese already is flourishing in Chinatown. This sounds like direct competition to Bao Bei. Looking forward to trying out this new joint!

Feb 21, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sai Woo - E. Pender, 2015

Sounds like another Bao Bei which is certainly not a bad thing.

"The style he’s going after is simple and modern, informed by his Cantonese and West Coast background but not determined by either. The focus will be on share plates, with the ingredients mostly sourced from Chinatown’s many markets (his father’s side of the family is Jamaican, so there’s a chance we might see some Caribbean flavours, too). He’ll start with a dinner menu, but they’re looking to quickly open for lunch as well."

Feb 21, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recent visit to Vancouver

Those are all great rec's also. As for Chambar, it is an institution in Vancouver for a reason. It's great for a belgian brew & a pot of mussels and some frites in my opinion.

Feb 09, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recent visit to Vancouver

Thanks for the report. Be sure to hit L'abbatoir & Chambar on your next visit!

Feb 08, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

Got ya - thx and I'll certainly check this place out soon.

Feb 02, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Kits Daily Kitchen had its last service on Friday night. I was there and now I know why they are closing. Very uneven to say the least and not cheap!

We overheard something about a new concept on Main st. for chef Fowke.

Feb 02, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

Why do you say it's perfect for parents?

Feb 02, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)