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West LA & Santa Barbara

Thanks for the req on the Palace. It did not disappoint! Very fun spot.

The Lark was also fantastic. We had some extremely flavourful brussel sprouts and a brilliant trout dish.

We also snuck in some tacos at Mony's for lunch one day which were very good.

I didn't get much time to check out LA's offerings but I did enjoy a cigar at the Buena Vista. Very chill lounge!

about 16 hours ago
waylman in Los Angeles Area

Non-Sushi Japanese in Vancouver area?

I'm not sure what kind of dish(es) you are referring to? Can you be more specific than "traditional Japanese dish"?

The reason I ask is, most sushi restaurants I go to also have a ton of non-sushi items, but it is not clear to me what you are looking for.

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

West LA & Santa Barbara

I've arrived in LA. We are off to SB tomorrow morning. Booked The Lark for tomorrow night. Trying to figure out a 2nd dinner now. I'll report back with a few pics in a few days!

Jul 28, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

Commercial Drive

Salt is a great spot but don't plan on a full meal there. It's more of a pre-dinner snack.

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

Old School Italian in Vancouver

It does not get any more old school than Nick's!

If you keep it simple and stick to the classics the food is great. I like their spareribs with ravioli.


C restaurant gone?

Sounds fantastic. Blue Water's head sushi chef and chef de cuisine running the kitchen? Sign me up!

Jul 19, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any recent takes on TOJO Vancouver ?

Definitely expensive but they do make good sushi. I think your money is better spent at Octopus Garden but if you go into Tojo's knowing you're going to drop big coin, you can still have an excellent meal there.

Jul 18, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

West LA & Santa Barbara

Thanks everyone! In SB, the wife and I will have access to some cruiser bikes...can we cruise around and hit a bunch of places in a day? Ideally I'd like to hit up as many wineries/wine bars as possible. Perhaps set a world record!?

The San Ysidro Ranch looks pretty outstanding. Will I need a reso mid-week?

Jul 17, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Vancouver early August from Toronto: Seafood/veg-friendly and tasty suggestions?

For seafood you might want to checkout Supermarine in Kits. It's not far from downtown. I haven't been yet but it is tops on my list. The group behind it is also responsible for Wildebeest and Bufula which are both great spots.

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

West LA & Santa Barbara

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Brilliant!

Jul 15, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

I've been to LA many times but we stay with my in-laws. They are Persian so I end up at a lot of Persian restaurants. I happen to love Persian food so this is not a bad thing!

However, my wife and I are foodies and we'd like to explore more. We may also be moving to LA early next year so it would be good to get a better feel for what is out there.

Jul 15, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

It's a good idea to post on the Vancouver board. I post over there all the time too.

Jul 15, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

What do you like and where are you staying? I'd be glad to help.

Jul 14, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Hi all - My wife and I are coming down to LA from Vancouver at the end of July. I'm looking for a couple of good dinner rec's in LA and Santa Barbara.

We ate at Craft years ago and loved it. Still good?

We are in our late 30s and tend to go for fun, lively spots with excellent food. We are pretty open to cuisine type with lots of love for Italian, French, sushi, farm to table.

Also, is there any good lounge near West LA where I can hang out and smoke a cigar? Sadly, this is is not a possibility in Vancouver!

Thank you!

Jul 14, 2015
waylman in Los Angeles Area

First Visit to Bauhaus

Sounds good! I just looked at their menu online...$38 is definitely outrageous for wiener schnitzel! Is it not just breaded pork cutlet? I have no qualms paying for great food but that feels like a bit of a gouge!

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

Vegetarian Burgers

I think your chances of finding a good store bought veggie burger are non-existent. Why not make your own? I often rely on the recipes in Fine Cooking - a great magazine by the way!


Jul 01, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recommendation needed for one 'wow factor', Michelin stars caliber meal in Vancouver

Agree with grayelf for the most part. If you're trying to impress someone from LA with Vancouver's fine dining it is not going to be easy. There's just way more going on in LA.

As for the places on your list, I'm not a fan of Pear Tree. Been twice now and just find it very average. The room feels outdated to me as well. I do not see Pear Tree impressing a foodie from LA.

I quite like Hawksworth and Blue Water. Of the two, I've visited Blue Water much more and do not find it to have a corporate vibe. The room is quite nice and lively in my opinion. I have definitely been wowed by a few meals there.

I haven't been to West in ages but did enjoy my last meal there. The room is a bit stuffy I find.

Can't comment on Secret Location as I've never been.

In short, go to Blue Water ;)

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

Birthday dinner in Vancouver- steakhouse or place with good steak

Hy's is a cool old school steak house. Gotham is a good pick too.

You can get a great steak at the good French bistros in town. Le Crocodile would be my top pick.

Jun 26, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Suggestions for 1 night in Vancouver.

Vij's if you like Indian maybe? From what I hear from most visitors to our fine city is they can't find another restaurant like it.

Sunday evening rec for party of 5

Pourhouse would be a good fit. Great cocktails & the food is definitely above average for a bar.

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

Fish and chips that are worth a drive?

I'd stay in Vancouver and head on over to Granville Island for a chowdown at Go Fish. You simply cannot beat the view and the fish and chips are excellent. Their soups and tacos are also delicious. It's one of the quintessential Vancouver experiences in my opinion. Just try to avoid peak hours as the line ups get silly.

Jun 15, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

OH NO !!! Cartems coming to Main & 6th

This is bad news. I'm moving back to the hood and will be living at Quebec & 16 as of June 2nd. I'm going to balloon!

May 26, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver to the Okanagan and back

I don't understand why you want to eat between the two places?
It's only a 5 hour drive. Eat something in Richmond/Vancouver then eat in Kelowna.

May 26, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

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.

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!

May 20, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

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.

May 20, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

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?


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