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post #1 of 18
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I am going to be in vancouver with my wife for and I am looking for a couple of suggestions for excellent restaurants. It's our anniversary so its got to have the appropriate setting. 

post #2 of 18

what is your cuisine and price point? i used to work in fine dining...also for decent reviews and to give you an idea

http://www.vanmag.com/Restaurants/Eat_The_City 

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

thanks- I checked that link, excellent info.  cuisine? we are foodies, so as long as its excellent it can be classics to anything short of Kimono Dragin (Ala The freshman). Price? if you have to ask..... 

post #4 of 18

I've had some great meals in Vancouver. Unfortunately, I don't know where we were.  My friend from Hong Kong says Vancouver has the best Chinese food outside of Asia, so on our way back from Whistler last year we ate at  ... a fabulous place ... the name of which escapes me. Sorry. ;-) I'll try to figure it out and get back to you.

post #5 of 18

 Oh, yay for the link! Cru is where we ate a few years ago, and it was excellent. The service was top notch ... we had our kids, much younger at the time, and it was LATE (after eating, they napped on that banquette in the photo). My daughter (7, maybe?) was so tired, and not that hungry, and the waiter paid special attention and asked what she would order if she could have anything in the world ... she thought about it, and answered that she would like an orange. So, when we received our food, they had plated the most beautiful orange, the peel opened up and carved like a flower, with some pretty garnish on the plate. It was so sweet, I'll always remember that.

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help me out a bit, however...give me a few choices..are you seeking italian/extensive wine list is cioppinos (yaletown) or Cin Cin on Robson.....or a great japanese place (one of the best in n america) by some critics is Tojo's...or an amazing world famous fusion indo place is Vijs on granville (do google searches on them all)...a great view/pacific northwest along one of my favourite walks is the Beach House in Dundarave/Ambleside (west vancouver) or the newly reopened Beach Side Cafe (used to be one of THE places on the northshore...now closed and reopened, but haven't been there, thought lots of accolades)....all will ensure a great and memorable experience....for a high end steak house Gotham

 

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thanks- I checked that link, excellent info.  cuisine? we are foodies, so as long as its excellent it can be classics to anything short of Kimono Dragin (Ala The freshman). Price? if you have to ask..... 

post #7 of 18

Finn,

 

Years ago, my wife and I went to Whistler and, as we both like Chinese food, we ate in Chinatown after leaving the airport. We had no appreciation for the difference between Philly style Americian/Chinese food and the traditional Chinese food that we ate that night . It was memorable, but, not for the best of reasons. We still laugh about how naive we were.

 

Our son's wife was born in China and through her family we have come to understand and enjoy a much greater selection of that cuisine.

 

Enjoy

post #8 of 18

I have not made it there yet, but I have been assured chambar is highly worthy. And has some roots that reach into ski land.

post #9 of 18



yes thanks for reminding me: it's a great belgian cuisine place...lovely interior , great wine/beer list too...refined. $$$

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I have not made it there yet, but I have been assured chambar is highly worthy. And has some roots that reach into ski land.

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well you DO know that Vancouver's tongue in cheek nickname is 'HONGCOUVER' due to the large Chinese influence and population here, where many are from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China.

 

I do miss the more international balanced feel of Toronto (my original hometown)...while it also has a huge Chinese population, there is more of a balance

 between Asian , European and S American representation...and I miss those other ethnic groups too...very small black community here...in toronto we had cabana

to celebrate Carribean life and it is a HUGE parade that goes down Yonge st (main drag) onto the Toronto Islands for lots of partying and festivities ...but here in

Vancouver there is nothing of comparison: a piddly little Carribean fest on the north shore where there is some live music and lots of vendors selling patties and such.

(sigh)

 ...plus Toronto has one of the largest Italian populations aside from New York...huge jewish population, Polish, Greek...MUCH smaller representation in Vancouver.

...but each city has it's own uniqueness and flair and I still love it here (but being in a rain forest it can, like Seattle get ALOT of rain...and man can it get me down sometimes)

...I'd sometimes take snow and sun anyday..vs rain and a mild temperature that lasts for days and days in the fall/winter (oh hum)

 

but I've gotten off topic...sorry

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Finn,

 

Years ago, my wife and I went to Whistler and, as we both like Chinese food, we ate in Chinatown after leaving the airport. We had no appreciation for the difference between Philly style Americian/Chinese food and the traditional Chinese food that we ate that night . It was memorable, but, not for the best of reasons. We still laugh about how naive we were.

 

Our son's wife was born in China and through her family we have come to understand and enjoy a much greater selection of that cuisine.

 

Enjoy


Edited by canali - 10/8/10 at 8:39am
post #11 of 18

Shanghai Chinese Bistro

1124 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1A5  
 
We love this place.  We've lived all over, Singapore etc. and this is where we go for Chinese in Vancouver
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Shanghai Chinese Bistro

1124 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1A5  
 
We love this place.  We've lived all over, Singapore etc. and this is where we go for Chinese in Vancouver


Yes, that's where we ate. It was great. We just told the waiter to order for us, so I can't remember everything we had, but I do recall the crabs in black bean sauce, yummmmm.

post #13 of 18

Rainforest Cafe is great but not cheap. 

 

Apgujung has the best Korean food I've ever eaten anywhere. Very reasonable.

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..are you seeking italian/extensive wine list is cioppinos (yaletown) or Cin Cin on Robson


 



Cin Cin was busy, touristy, expensive and the food not so great, but that's ok because it came out the other side very quickly.

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Yes, that's where we ate. It was great. We just told the waiter to order for us, so I can't remember everything we had, but I do recall the crabs in black bean sauce, yummmmm.

 

See first review, they also asked for waiter to recommend and ended up with more than a nice meal! Also seems they got the crab !?!

 

http://dinehere.ca/vancouver/shanghai-chinese-bistro

 

Vij's is the standout choice if you like Indian but be prepared to wait as they're are no reservations. Truly exceptional though. If it's a nice day evening, go to cloud 9 (rotating restaurant on top of Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson) for an aperitif, the food is mediocre and expensive but the view is phenomenal, especially at sunset. Be prepared for 80s kitch decor though and you do have to pay a bit to just go to the bar. For more low key dining we like Legendary Noodles on Denman and Bistro Sakana (Japanese fusion) in Yaletown. There's also several excellent Izakaya's (Guu, Hapa, Kingyo). Enjoy, it really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially (but not exclusively) when it's not raining...
 


Edited by lj269 - 10/10/10 at 9:34pm
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 Cloud 9..brings back memories when I was to waiter there many yrs ago part time...glad I didn't get the gig... it was old feeling garish dump....at least when I was there...oh man it was soooo sad...just like that other sack of sh*t'  the top of vancouver'  revolving restaurant by the waterfront, owned by a guy with no tastes and uses 'a view' to sell substandard fare in substandard settings....an embarrassment.  I just don't get it with some owners: great real estate but that's it.

 

If you want views and great food  (from what i've read but not experienced) is to go to

west vancouver (the north shore) and up into the british properties area for Fraiche:

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/fraiche-restaurant-west-vancouver

 

now THIS is a view (from Fraiche):

http://www.fraicherestaurant.ca/

 

some other restaurants to check out: below with very good reputations which I copied/pasted:

(click on them and you'll go to their websites)

 

Aqua Riva Araxi Bacchus Blue Water Cafe
Chambar CinCin Cravings Restaurant + Lounge db Bistro Moderne
Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel (casual but nice view from dock at Granville island) West Restaurant & Bar Gastropod

The Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn

(but not in vancouver: on the way to lovely Tofino...so save for another trip)

Indigo Bistro 
in Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
La Terrazza Restaurant and Lounge Lumière Provence Marinaside
Quattro on Fourth      
   

 

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See first review, they also asked for waiter to recommend and ended up with more than a nice meal! Also seems they got the crab !?!

 

http://dinehere.ca/vancouver/shanghai-chinese-bistro

 

Vij's is the standout choice if you like Indian but be prepared to wait as they're are no reservations. Truly exceptional though. If it's a nice day evening, go to cloud 9 (rotating restaurant on top of Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson) for an aperitif, the food is mediocre and expensive but the view is phenomenal, especially at sunset. Be prepared for 80s kitch decor though and you do have to pay a bit to just go to the bar. For more low key dining we like Legendary Noodles on Denman and Bistro Sakana (Japanese fusion) in Yaletown. There's also several excellent Izakaya's (Guu, Hapa, Kingyo). Enjoy, it really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially (but not exclusively) when it's not raining...
 


Edited by canali - 10/11/10 at 7:44am
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See first review, they also asked for waiter to recommend and ended up with more than a nice meal! Also seems they got the crab !?!

 

http://dinehere.ca/vancouver/shanghai-chinese-bistro



Wow, I'm quite sure ours wasn't that expensive. I think crab was the one thing we actually asked for ... but I think waiter recommended the preparation. Maybe they were out of season? That still seems crazy high.

post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

Wow, this is great stuff and appreciate the PM's with recomendations too!  These are all great and we will definitely check several of these out. Vij's is a definite

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