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Restaurants Vancouver

Chinatown Redux: Classic Dishes, Reinvented

Jan. 2018

Vintage art, button lights and preserved trees add to the ambience at Sai Woo. (Photo by KK Law)

Savour new twists on old flavours in one of the city’s original neighbourhoods. Housed in an artfully re-envisioned 1920s chop suey house, Sai Woo (pictured) blends classic ingredients with contemporary flair. Go for Chinese “paella,” Korean scallion pancakes with barbecued pork, and sous vide Szechuan black-pepper beef. Or book a dumpling masterclass and historic Chinatown walking tour. At Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, owner Tannis Ling salutes the street food of Saigon and Taipei with edgy small plates, family recipes and savvy cocktails. Nearby, at The Union’s friendly communal tables, you can meet locals while savouring inventive pan-Asian tastes.

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Dine Out 2018: Canada’s Biggest Food and Wine Celebration


Photo of Yew Seafood + Bar by KK Law

Jan. 19 to Feb. 4, 2018 Vancouverites love their food. Witness the extravaganza that is Dine Out. The 17-day-long festival, which started as a make-work project to fill seats in the post-holiday season, has blossomed into Canada’s biggest food and wine celebration. If you’re looking for dining deals, there’s no better time to be here, with over 200 restaurants offering set menus for $20, $30 and $40. Beyond dining deals, the festival now includes an extraordinary repertoire of 35 unique events to appeal to every taste and interest. From craft beer tours and specialty-tea gastronomy tastings to market tours and street food celebrations, the festival leaves no stone unturned. To check on event availability, click here.

Meet Vancouver’s Funniest Sommelier

Jan. 2018

David Stansfield takes a seriously fun approach to wine.

Unlike freewheeling bartenders, sommeliers have a reputation for being staid and even a bit dull. Not David Stansfield (pictured), who took over as wine director at Earls last year. Whether he’s writing about wine, teaching classes at Vancouver Urban Winery or instructing Earls staff about the finer points of the wine list, Stansfield is “all about the humour and the swears.” He’s liberal with jokes and F-bombs, firm in his belief that wine is “serious, but it’s not serious serious.” (more…)

Zest Japanese Cuisine Reopens as Yuwa

Dec. 2017

Clockwise from top: ohitashi bok choy, tuna with nori sauce, spicy salmon tartare, kusshi oyster and soy-roasted duck. (Photo: KK Law)

Long-time West Side destination Zest now sports a new moniker: Yuwa Japanese Cuisine, a fitting showcase for the Tokyo-honed talents of chef Masahiro Omori. The chef embraces local ingredients such as yuzu-citrus-marinated BC sablefish, or ling cod pâté and prawn wrapped in nori and tofu skin then deep-fried. Veal cheek is simmered in hatcho-miso stock, while peppered Berkshire pork is served with spinach gomae, yuzu-pepper paste and Pommery mustard. To go along, well-chosen wines and the city’s best selection of artisan sake.

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Jolly Holiday Moments at Reflections


Mistletoe, mocha profiteroles and mulled wine, oh my…

To Dec. 31, 2017 Even if flakes aren’t falling, step into a winter wonderland at Reflections. This plein air escape tucked away on the fourth floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is decked out in its festive finest for the annual Winter Pop-Up. Twinkling lights and mistletoe are the perfect setting for holiday-inspired dishes like gruyère and emmental fondue, turkey-and-sage sausage rolls and mocha profiteroles. To really get in the spirit, sip mulled wine, hot toddies and cocktails like the Winter Daisy. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.


5 Ways to Celebrate the Season

Dec. 2017

Wild side stripe shrimp salad at Boulevard is delicious, whether deconstructed or fully assembled. (Photo: KK Law)

In a city that sparkles all over, here’s where to mark the season in style. (more…)

Fireside Dining in Downtown Vancouver

Nov. 2017

Quinoa salad with albacore tuna, green beans and a soft-boiled egg, at Yew Seafood + Bar. (Photo by KK Law)

Warm the cockles of your heart at these hearthside havens that provide welcome winter respite. Yew Seafood + Bar in the Four Seasons embraces local and cross-Canada ingredients prepared with classic French flair. Against a flickering backdrop, enjoy rack of lamb, lobster bisque with crispy leeks, or sablefish with crab-and-ricotta ravioli. Sip cocktails in front of the fireplace at cozy Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge in the intimate and opulent Wedgewood Hotel. Or hunker down over a local pint and a bowl of chowder, close to the hearths at Cardero’s Restaurant, right on the Coal Harbour seawall.

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Boost Your Brunch Game at House Special

Nov. 2017

Want to try something new? There’s no better time than breakfast.

Those bored by basic brunch options leave the hollandaise behind and head to House Special. Here, the mid-morning meal consists of Vietnamese-style dim sum, a line-up of Saigon-inspired share plates such as dumplings filled with ground pork, jicama and shrimp; a red-bean cinnamon bun topped with condensed-milk frosting; and a crispy egg-wrapped radish cake. A tropical mimosa with soursop and orange juices, or a creamy condensed milk–spiked Vietnamese coffee make perfect pairings. Consider brunch boredom banished.

Hidden Gems: Moose’s Down Under

Nov. 2017

At Moose’s owner Corina Aquino serves dishes such as the Aussie burger, topped with beets, pineapple and a fried egg. (Photo by KK Law)

Some of the best bites—and people—are tucked away in unlikely spots. A welcoming Aussie bar and grill, the suitably subterranean Moose’s Down Under attracts expats and locals alike. Drop by for a true taste of Oz: meat pies, chicken parmas, Vegemite-and-cheese “sangers” (sandwiches), schnitzels, and wicked burgers with all the trimmings, including a tender kangaroo burger. And maybe catch some exciting Aussie rules footy while you’re at it.

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Hands-On Seafood at The Captain’s Boil

Nov. 2017

First-date food for the exceptionally brave.

For a bounty of shellfish served seafood-boil style, drop anchor at The Captain’s Boil. This Southern-inspired spot is the place to crack into tempting Dungeness crab, lobster and crawfish, all smothered in get-messy sauces like Cajun or lemon-pepper. It arrives in plastic bags—there are bibs and disposable gloves, to boot—for a fun, hands-on feast. Less messy (but still finger-licking-good) options include fresh oysters, calamari and fried shrimp, so there’s something for every matey at the table.

Spicy Bites: Malaysian Cuisine at Banana Leaf

Nov. 2017

Nasi goreng campur (L), Singapore laksa (M) and eggplant fries (R) at Banana Leaf. (Photo by KK Law)

Always appealing, Banana Leaf celebrates the Malaysian Straits, that unique culinary crossroads of Portuguese, Indonesian, Thai, Indian and Chinese influences. Roaming from lettuce wraps and Singapore chilli whole crab to sambal green beans and caramelized-ginger black cod, the fare is immensely varied at these welcoming, vibrant rooms. Don’t miss the well-priced seven- or eight-course tasting menus with optional BC wine pairings.

EAT! Vancouver: A Full-flavoured Culinary Festival


This year’s new pastry chef showcase features tempting treats by talented pastry chefs like Chris Janik of Miku.

Nov. 6 to 11, 2017 Canuck cuisine goes beyond poutine. EAT! Vancouver gathers acclaimed chefs from across the country for a tantalizing taste of True North flavours. Top-notch local kitchens team up with guest chefs—hailing from Newfoundland to Whistler—for the dinner series, while expert classes take your taste buds to another level. Sweetening the deal this year is a new pastry chef showcase guaranteed to make dessert devotees swoon. Sounds tasty, eh?