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Where to Eat Vancouver

4 Perfect Prix Fixe Menus

Jan. 2018

Perfect plates at Mak N Ming may include delicious mussels in pork broth. (Photo by KK Law)

The best way to experience a kitchen at its peak is to let the chef choose the meal—and the sommelier choose the wines. These restaurants excel: (more…)

Over the Moon: Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Kick off the Lunar New Year with parades, performances and Peking duck

Jan./Feb. 2018


Colourful dragon dancers in the Spring Festival Parade. (Photo by Michael Wheatley/Tourism Vancouver)

It’s time to bid zàijiàn (farewell) to the year of the rooster and usher in one of the friendliest animals in the Chinese zodiac: the dog. But before you board the Canada Line SkyTrain to nearby Richmond—home to a thriving majority Chinese population—check out the spectacular celebrations happening throughout downtown Vancouver. (more…)

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…)

Festive Fare at H2

Dec. 2017

When it’s time to make (or bake) new friends, we recommend going the jolly gingerbread route.

’Tis the season for holiday baking. Learn how to make three types of “holly jolly holiday cookies”—gingerbread, pumpkin spice and shortbread—in a baking class, Dec. 19 at H2 Rotisserie & Bar. Each participant takes home three dozen cookies and a s’mores kit. And because the holidays revolve around food, H2 has lots more planned: a turkey takeout meal, for those who enjoy eating the big meal more than preparing it (Dec. 22 to 26); Christmas dinner (Dec. 24 and 25); and a Christmas lunch buffet (Dec. 25). Time to break out the stretchy pants.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Foodies

Dec. 2017

Got a foodie in the family? Part three of our five-part gift guide series is chock-full of presents for people who crave delicious swag.

A candy bento box from Sugarfina satisfies any sweet tooth. At Nordstrom or online at Sugarfina.ca. (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.