Vancouver and Other Parts of B.C

Where to eat in Vancouver and Other Parts of B.C.

Vancouver lacks high-end Michelin type dining establishments, but makes up for it with a very culturally diverse assortment of places to eat, and this is especially true when it comes to Asian food. Below are some of the place I recommend:

Italian

Osteria Savio Volpe delicious and creative dishes; I would say this is the best Italian restaurant in Vancouver.  Casual atmosphere, gets very busy, make a reservation on Opentable.  They have different items depending on the season as it should be, like the delicious prawns below which I believe were cooked over their wood fired grill.  The also have PERFECTLY cooked pasta.

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La Terrazza More traditional, less creative dishes but delicious also.  More formal atmosphere.  Service can be slow during busy times.  Make a reservation on Opentable.

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Trio of pasta – Bolognese, Truffle and Lobster

Tutto – a new edition to Vancouver (2021).  You should have the Branzino.

Sushi 

Vancouver has a lot of mediocre/average sushi places where funny rolls, California rolls, tuna and salmon are king.  Not outstanding but good for a quick sushi fix.  There is a lack of high-end sushi in the city where fresh fish is flown in daily from wherever it is freshest/in season.  You will also not find a good omakase sushi bar serving in a nice atmosphere.  However, there are some good places to eat sushi in the city.

Jin Sushi 

Get the omakase B and uni tray.

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Tetsu Sushi Bar Flies in fresh fish.  However, this is a small restaurant and service can be slow.  Sushi and especially the rice, is on point.  Have the foie gras nigiri and anything blue fin.  They have a board showing everything that is fresh that day.  Call in advance and ask to sit at the sushi bar.  Best sushi in Vancouver.

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Foie Gras nigiri – on my list of the 10 best things I have ever put in my mouth

Sushi Bar Maumi – This is probably the closest you will find to a traditional omakase experience in the city.  Its small, 12 seats at the sushi bar with two seatings nightly so you need to reserve in advance.  One issue is they do not serve any alcohol.

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Hokkaido Uni Nigiri

Miku or Minami –  Miku has a nicer view, but both menus are similar.  They are known for their aburi sushi.  Get any of the Oishi’s.  They also have more traditional nigiris though if that is what you want, I would go to the above two places over Miku.  Of the three sushi places listed here, this is the best atmosphere for drinks and dinner as it is more modern.  For lunch the chirashi tart is delicious.  On Opentable.

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Chirashi Tart

Steak

I would say this is an area Vancouver needs work on.  Yes there are steakhouses, but none are on par with the great steakhouses of the world like Peter Luger.  I find Vancouver steakhouses to care less about where the meat comes from, and the cooking is inconsistent.  Order medium rare, and get medium well etc.  However, if you must have steak in Vancouver:

Victor Victor has a lot going for it.  Steak is good, and the atmosphere is great for a night out.  Also, they have really good sushi.  The sushi rice is good as is the fish.  I have had their blue fin tuna, and uni, and both were very good.  The only issue with this place is the service tends to be slow.  TIP: For on Sundays for the prime rib dinner – best value in town.

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Update (11/22/18) Elisa So it turns out that a new steakhouse has just opened in Vancouver and they DO care about where the beef comes from.  I was there 2 days ago and they did have a good selection of cuts and beef from a wide range of places.  The service was excellent and the server was very knowledgeable about the products.  The place is very nice and good for a date or night out with friends.  The steak was cooked perfectly with my only complaint being that it could of been seasoned more, same with the veal tartare.

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USDA Prime “Vancouver Cut” from Omaha – Delicious

European/Tasting Menu

Published on Main (Highly Recommended!)

Ramen

Danbo – This place has great broth and you can specify how you want the noodles cooked (soft, firm etc).  I don’t know if they still do the curry ramen during certain seasons, but if they do, get it.  Its probably the best ramen I’ve ever had.  Even if they don’t have it, the miso ramen is delicious.  The problem with this place is it is ALWAYS busy with long lines.  Try to go late in the evening.

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Curry Ramen from Danbo

Santouka –  Although I prefer the broth and noodles at Danbo more, Santouka is the place I go to now simply because the lines at Danbo are so long.  Santouka used to be the place with long lines but that is no longer the case given all the competition now in the ramen space.  There is a line sometimes but it moves fairly fast.

Jinya – This would be my third choice.

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba – A “soupless” ramen restaurant.  Sounds odd, but its delicious.  I have a review here.

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Korean

Sura –  Get the Galbi Short Ribs which come on the bone.  You can watch the guy grill it from the window.  Absolutely delicious.  The drawback of Sura is that they don’t take reservations and there is usually a wait, but its worth it.

Pizza

Via Tevere Pizzeria –   Neopolitan pizza, fantastic dough, well seasoned and just all around delicious.  The only problem with this place is they don’t take reservations and it gets busy.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria –  (the original location has closed though there is still the new one in North Van.  I have not been to the other location).  The first VPN certified Neopolitan pizza in Vancouver.  They DO take reservations.

Izakaya – Japanese small plates.

Zakkushi on Denman – Known for their yakitori or grilled meat (usually) on a stick.  They grill their yakitori over Japanese charcoal.  Call ahead for reservations.

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Gyu-Kaku – Yes, I know this is a chain from Japan, and the people from Japan I spoke to did not think it was that good, but I think that’s because they have so many amazing choices in Japan for “Japanese BBQ”.  However, for Vancouver, this is very good in my opinion.  I used to go three times a week good.  Make a reservation on Open Table because it gets VERY busy.  Also note, there are two locations in Vancouver, make sure you book the right one.   I frequent the one on Nelson, Downtown.

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Pastry/Dessert

Kouign Cafe

Beta 5 – you HAVE to try their cream puffs

Chinese

Top Shanghai – good XLB

Random Delicious

Tacofino – fish tacos

Fish Counter – Fish and Chips

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International House of Caviar

Dynasty Seafood

Land & Sea

Bruno

Alouette Bistro

Maguro Honpo (Uber Eats only)

Delara

Zoomak

Baan Lao

Wooden Fish – Vietnamese (great attention to detail)

Golden Seafood – Outdoor Dim Sum?

Poke Wars 

Chinatown BBQ

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TWG Tea

Boulevard – Crazy King Crab Dinner

Kishimoto

Kitcho Izakaya

Orizume – Take Out Only Sushi

Ask for Luigi

Hello Nori – Handrolls

Raisu – Uni Tasting Menu

Street Auntie

Oca Pastificio

Ophelia

Five Sails

Acquafarina

Alley BBQ

Tutto

Botanist

Oddfish

Shin Ka Gyuu

Ubuntu and back for the Mexican Tasting Menu

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Shuck Shuck

Saku – Tonkatsu

Wildebeest – Farm to table and meat focused menu featuring unique ingredients and preparations.  Solid cooking and always delicious.

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Anna Lena – See review here

…………….and here (spot prawn dinner)

…….and here (6 Year Anniversary Dinner – Still the QUEEN)

St. Lawrence – Food inspired by Quebec – see review here

Kissa Tanto – Japanese and Italian inspired dished.  Extremely delicious (click for review).

Tokyo Katsu Sand – Japanese Sandwich Food Truck – So delicious

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Straight & Marrow

Kaneko Hannosuke

Barbara

Say Mercy

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Blossom

Colette

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