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new to north shore

Welcome to Vancouver! I lived in North Van several years ago but used to head on over to West Van regularly for excellent French at La Regalade. I also liked La Cucina for Italian. Cazba is also good, cheap Persian eats.

Good sites for YVR
http://scoutmagazine.ca/
http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/14/Vancou...

As for booze, hit a BC Liquor "Signature" store. I believe the closest one to you would be at Park Royal.

Jul 07, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant in vancouver ?

What part of Broadway? It's a very long street.

Jun 25, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any good restaurant offers yummy STEAK TARTARE (Not the Korean style one) ?

Bao Bei does a killer beef tartare

Jun 19, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cinara

Noise wasn't too bad at all. There was one guy that had a very loud laugh that sort of carried throughout the room. Once they brought him some food I didn't notice any distractions after that. I was able to talk to my wife easily.

The room itself was very warm and inviting. The kitchen is wide open as well which is interesting to watch.

Jun 15, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cinara

The wife and I got a chance to check out Cinara last night. I thought I'd leave a quick report. Sorry no pics!

Dishes sampled were:

Chicken Liver Parfait
-Spectacular little starter here. Served with house made crisps and pickled onion. Would order this again!

Albacore Tuna Carpaccio
-A bit heavy handed on the olive oil. Very nice quality fish though. Simple, clean flavours.

Warm Octopus Salad
-This was one of the better dishes of the night. Delicious, tender octopus and a great citrus vinaigrette.

Potato Gnocchi Ritolo
-The best dish of the night. Think of it as a beef wellington but with gnocchi. Served with a rabbit ragout. Never had a dish like this before. Mind blowing good!

Roasted Branzino
-Great piece of fish with delicious crispy skin. A little too salty however. Lentils it came with were also too salty.

Sliced NY Striploin
-This was cooked sous vide and then sliced very thin. Similar to a carpaccio. Delicious but a little weird as a main I thought.

Dessert was a fantastic panna cotta.

Overall, a great night. The room is very cozy & service was also very good. I will most definitely return.

http://cinara.ca/

Jun 15, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver restaurant with good steak

If your friend likes old school steak houses, you cannot beat Hy's.

http://hyssteakhouse.com/gallery/?loc...

Jun 13, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best late night eats

Great stuff. Thanks very much to both of you.

Jun 12, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best late night eats

The wife and I have a rare night out away from the children and we are likely going to need somewhere good to eat late (10ish).

Suggestions? Close to Downtown would be ideal. Thanks!

Jun 11, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One Dinner and One Lunch

Depends if you want high end? If so, consider Blue Water Cafe for dinner. Great sushi and seafood there & lots more.

If it is sunny head on over to Granville Island and hit Go Fish for lunch. Tough to beat that for the ultimate Vancouver experience!

Jun 06, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver bars/pubs with tasty foods and NHL finals

Luckily for you, Vancouverites are die hard hockey enthusiasts and every bar with a TV will have the finals on.

A good spot to watch hockey is Earl's downtown but just for a drink and something simple (chicken wings for example). Food is nothing to write home about.

http://www.earls.ca/locations/details...

Jun 03, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Great BBQ ribs in Vancouver ?

Our BBQ scene is pathetic! Peckinpah and Memphis are sad excuses for good BBQ.

However, you all probably recall that just a few years ago, Vancouver had no good pizza either...now check us out!

Perhaps a BBQ renaissance is approaching!?

May 30, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to go for a drink before dinner near 4th and Burrard?

Novo would work but more so for the vino

http://www.novopizzeria.com/wine-and-...

May 23, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

My only minor qualm with your list is Wildebeest. I was not overly impressed. If it were me I would put several places ahead of Wildebeest (L'abbatoir, Chambar to name a couple. If you don't mind heading a little ways from downtown you should check out La Quercia or even La Buca).

I've not had a chance to try Farmer's Apprentice yet but I have heard good things. Also cannot comment on Homer Street Cafe and Bar.

For touristy things worth doing check out Granville Island...peruse the markets and buy a few things and if it is sunny, sit outside and people watch for awhile. You must also check out Stanley Park.

Have a great trip & enjoy Vancouver....your hometown is a great spot also!

May 16, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best omakase?

Give Octopus Garden a call also. I believe they do omakase.

Dan may also work well...
http://www.followmefoodie.com/2011/08...

May 08, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Temaki Sushi on Broadway: hidden gem for sushi

Great report grayelf...Very honoured that you would take my recommendation and I'm glad it did not disappoint!

May 08, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Vancouver Trip Report

I usually order a couple specials (they have lots)

Also will grab some tuna or yellowtail nigiri or sashimi.

Spicy tuna roll is very good.

House rolls are also great...chefs roll, dragon roll etc

May 07, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Trip Report

You must! It is easily the best sushi in Kits at that price point.

May 07, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Vancouver Trip Report

I'm at Temaki right now!
Other faves

Octopus Garden
Kishimoto
Ajisai
Shiro as well - although they are not as good as they used to be.

May 05, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Trip Report

I'd say 90% of sushi in Vancouver is awful. That being said, I'm a huge sushi snob!

Luckily the top 10% is knock yer socks off fantastic shit!

May 05, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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3 Days from Toronto - Kelowna, Okanagan and Vancouver

Sounds like you've done your homework!

Don't miss Blue Water Cafe if you love seafood.

As for Kelowna, you'll have a blast. Make resos as it is nuts up there in August. Check out Bouchons for great French. Raudz downtown is also very good. For wineries, don't miss Mission Hill. Old Vines @ Quails Gate is also a winner.

Apr 29, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Better than Peartree?

I went about 2 months ago and it was awful. No kidding - every dish was a complete miss. Perhaps it was an off night? I'm so confused by all the praise!

Apr 22, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

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

Excellent news! There is a serious lack of good pizza in this hood.

Apr 17, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time - 2 dinners & 2 lunches (from Toronto)

I'm not familiar with TO's dining scene but If you're a sushi guy consider Octopus Garden. It is just across the Burrard St Bridge - a short jaunt from downtown. I wouldn't go at rush hour however as the bridge is down to one lane southbound right now.

A few of my fave downtown lunch spots are
-Cafe Medina (right beside Chambar which is a great spot for dinner/ same owners)
-La Taqueria (hole in the wall - great tacos)
-Meat and Bread (porchetta sandwich!)

For dinner I like
-Blue Water Cafe (fine dining - great bar for solo dining)
-L'abbatoir
-Chambar

For a drink/snack:
-Pourhouse
-Cuchillo
-Alibi Room (great beer selection here)

Apr 08, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

LF: Set-menu, 5+ courses, $50-100+

Go to La Quercia and tell your waiter to let the chef design your meal. You will not be sorry.

On a side note, if you are dining alone I do not recommend this option as dishes are served family style.

Mar 20, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recommend exceptional dinning experience for 40th bday in Vancouver

Cioppino's would be my pick.

http://cioppinos.wordpress.com/menus/...

Mar 09, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Private outdoor patios

Hi Karen - we are a smallish group - 20 or so.

I would certainly consider a private venue but with a group this small not sure it would work.

Feb 19, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Private outdoor patios

Good point - It is indeed a tough find :(

If anyone has suggestions can you please shoot them to DrinkSmokeGolf@gmail.com

Thanks all!

Feb 17, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Private outdoor patios

I'm looking for a venue that would allow a private party on their patio. There will be some cigar smoking (thus the need for a private outdoor patio)

A patio I had in mind was the old Crave spot on Main (now Tapas23). This size/type of patio would be ideal.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Feb 17, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Special occasion dinners

Araxi is fantastic.

Feb 11, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Special occasion dinners

my picks would be

Le Crocodile
Bishops
Blue Water
Cioppino's

Feb 09, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)