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East of Main Cafe - closed

It's not just hipsters that have very little clue as to how to make it in the restaurant business. The owners of East of Main were film industry and non-profit veterans.

Aug 05, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any 'All You Can Drink' Brunches Here in Vancouver?

That is absolutely illegal in BC.

Jul 29, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

I definitely wondered that. Sad to see the old awning go... But at least I can keep calling it Kam Gok Yuen.

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

Daisy Garden is the new awning. Haven't popped in to see if it's the same folks.

Jul 24, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Olympic village suggestions

Burdock and Co is a 15 minute walk at most south of the Village on Main Street. Farmer's Apprentice would be a brisk 30 minute walk. The spots in the village are far from farm to table spots and I don't mean to downplay the Terra suggestion, but it's a rather bustling cafe and not a dinner spot (though I do enjoy their sandwiches to go). You are also a 15 minute seawall walk from Chinatown, Gastown and Strathcona which allows you many, many options.

Jul 24, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Knifewear coming to the Coast in July 2014

I'm guessing they have a bunch of stock. There are some really lovely nakiris there... some from their Masakage lines and then some beauts from Yoshikane and Takeda. There's also a chinese style cleaver from Moritaka that is incredibly awesome. Like a mega-nakiri!

I avoided spending all my money on new knives and instead bought 4 sharpening stones instead... thank goodness next month has three pay periods!

Cowichan Wineries and Lake Shawnigan groceries?

Unsworth is doing some great things with their vineyards. Good people too.

Jul 03, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

3 Days from Toronto - Vancouver Itinerary - comments please!

The bar at West is open all afternoon, but the kitchen opens at 5:30. I found that out last week when I went in at 5:30, but had wanted to meet a friend at 4. Turns out they stay open between lunch and dinner service!

May 28, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

3 Days, Need Seafood & Asian, Vancouver from SF

Friends that are into high end Chinese cuisine have mentioned that Hoi Tong has stellar geoduck.

3 Days from Toronto - Kelowna, Okanagan and Vancouver

Bar Isabel is doing a Visa Infinite dinner tonight at Pidgin.

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

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

I've had nothing but exemplary service at Vij's. Sam obviously holds a grudge.

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

German Whiskey/y to buy in BC

I'm frankly unaware of any German whiskies in this market. Next time I'm at Legacy, I can check, but I can't say I've seen any (and I'm a bit of a spirits geek/professional bartender). There are stranger things on this market though...

Apr 06, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Ramen

My vote would be for Santouka, Motomachi Shokudo and Marutama. I'm a big tsuke-men fan, and the first two are solid if they are offering that dish now (it's not always on winter menus and I've been too busy to go down to the west end). I haven't been to Marutama, but my Japanese cook friends are rather enamored with their style of ramen. I'm sure others have ideas. The bonus is that all 3 are within a few blocks of each other.

Feb 12, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

I was speaking more about myself perhaps.

Jan 14, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

Alibi is fine for kids (you see them there frequently), but yes, go earlier to avoid the heavier drinking crowd.

Jan 14, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One Night in Vancouver

I would agree. Guu with Garlic. Revel in the atmosphere. Hop in a cab and have drinks at the Alibi Room afterwards (or if cocktails are your style, try L'Abattoir, Pourhouse or Wildebeest, followed by the Diamond or the Keefer).

Los Cuervos Taqueria opening soon

Sounds like they need a cocktail called Kingsway & Fresa.

Meals near Vancouver General Hospital

For a drink I would highly suggest taking the Canada line to Waterfront Station and going to the Pourhouse or L'Abattoir for cocktails. Very good drinks and bartenders, far beyond what you'll get at that Cactus Club. Or, walk up 10th Avenue to Cascade at Main and 10th (a 15 minute walk). Cocktail program is better and better these days. Beer is good and local too.

Farview Slopes / Cambie Village / Mt. Pleasant Happenings

That new fishmonger is being opened by Rob Clark (formerly executive chef at C) and Mike McDermid (a cofounder of the Ocean Wise program, along with Clark). Should be a tremendous addition to the street and the city as a whole.

Jul 12, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO Barenjager honey liqueur in Vancouver

The source for all your liqueur needs, Legacy, carries it. It's not cheap. 72 bucks!

Jul 10, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

anyone being to burdock & co

Yes. Ate dinner there last night. Had nearly everything on the menu. Absolutely phenomenal. Dishes can be very subtle but extremely clever or beautiful due to the subtlety. Or, some dishes are so concentrated with flavor that they really blow you away. The room has been changed a lot for the better. Much more open than Cafeteria (which I liked a lot too).

The wine list is a bit of a natural wine fetishist list, and for that I support Andrea and her crew even more. Spectacular wines at very good prices.

I can't really express how much I enjoyed my meal and I can't wait to go back.

Apr 25, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Jitlada Thai

Aree Thai as far as I know is closed. When I walked by last week, their signage was gone and significant renos were being undertaken. No news of what will be in there after.

Comparing food prices between here and LA is futile. They're just so much closer to prolific agricultural lands (and rent is surely lower).

Feb 12, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

1st timer to Vancouver in June

I'll jump in on the conversation and agree with both grayelf and fmed.

I did just entertain a couple of friends who were up from San Francisco at Guu with Garlic and they were blown away at how awesome it was. One was from Vancouver originally but misses what she used to get up here, the other was a Southern states transplant to SF and was very much impressed. Just saying.

It really is a bit of an odd city for dining. Fine dining has essentially died in this city. In some ways this is a good thing as I can walk into virtually any restaurant in the city with my bike helmet and cycling gear and get treated the same as the West Vancouver housewives (Hawksworth, I'm looking at you). However, that means that there are no restaurants in town with the hype that many of the American major cities might have.

Feb 09, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Blumenthal-like Fries (Best Fries/Chips/Frites)

I would be very surprised if anywhere in town had a similar process to Blumenthal. Just checked my copy of In Search of Total Perfection and he boils the chips (cut to about 1.5 cm thick) to the point where th ey nearly fall apart, then cools them in a fridge and then twice fries them in peanut oil at two different temperatures.

The Pourhouse might be somewhat similar to this.

Jan 20, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Favourite Thai Curry Paste Available Locally?

I get my coriander root on Kingsway at Dong Thanh. I think a package was $1. It really does make a difference in the flavor.

Jan 14, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Veteran Nigiri Sushi Level

I think the reason why you feel the thread was derailed was because there really isn't a place that might attain that "veteran" level you describe here in Vancouver. Ajisai and Dan are probably my top choices (while lamenting the late Sushi Kimura), followed by Toshi, Shiro, Miko and the various other spots mentioned on the first thread you mention. Based on reviews of people I trust, I imagine Sushi Hachi in Richmond would be up there with Dan and Ajisai.

However, I would say that the whole mayo thing is a little over emphasized. Yes, there is a lot out there, but it's not as prevalent as it's made out to be. I've never ever seen nigiri made with mayo. If you have seen it done, I am terribly sorry, but even the sketchier places know what nigiri is.

Dec 12, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Meat On A Stick

I got caught by the HK BBQ Master Wednesday closing last week. You can always skip across No. 3 Road to Parker Place BBQ, a worthy rival (though no seating).

Nov 28, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The best thing I had today

Was downtown at Chapters drooling over various food books and decided to walk down Robson to Jinya for some ramen. Had the black garlic tonkotsu ramen and was very impressed. Pretty incredible flavor and in my mind, preferable to the toroniku at Santouka in terms of top ramen bowls in the city. Especially when the price difference is considered ($10.75 for the Jinya black ramen, $16 for the toroniku at Santouka).

Nov 19, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seen any nice quinces in Vancouver and area?

Como Market at Hastings and Nanaimo had them yesterday for $1.19/lb.

Nov 12, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seen any nice quinces in Vancouver and area?

A colleague just got about 10 pounds from a guy who had a tree and advertised free quince on craigslist. Processed them today! Some were a little gnarly, but most are quite nice.

Nov 11, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)