Best Savoury Dishes of 2015

I have eaten a lot of dishes in restaurants all over and outside of Vancouver in the past year, these are dishes that are standouts, ones that you remember for a long time to come. This list is devoted to my favourite dishes that I have eaten in 2015 in restaurants that are still open to this day. A list of honorable mentions are below with my favourite dishes at restaurants that are no longer.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

 

Grilled Beets Salad

Grilled Beets Salad

Grilled Beets Salad

Grilled Beets, rainbow carrots, burrata, spiced caraway, cress; such a wonderful, colourful and flavourful salad.

Juniper

185 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-1695

Twitter @eatatjuniper

Created by: Chef Sarah Stewart

 

Curry Brisket Pastrami

Curry Brisket Pastrami

Curry Brisket Pastrami

Love, love the Curry Brisket Pastrami with a scallion rice roll, sambal, pineapple pickle.

Sai Woo

160 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-1117

Twitter: @doyousaiwoo

Created by: Chef Brandon Pham

 

The Miku Sakura Roll

The Miku Sakura Roll

The Miku Sakura Roll

The Miku Sakura Roll features bigeye tuna and Japanese flounder. Atop a shiso leaf, the roll is stuffed with spinach, shiitake mushrooms, an egg omelette (tamago) and are rolled in sakura denbu or dried fish flakes. Garnished with salted Sakura flowers, the Miku Sakura Roll is sure to add a little taste of spring to any palate..

Miku Restaurant

200 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 568-3900

Twitter: @MikuRestaurant

Created by: Executive Sushi Chef Kazuhiro Hayashi

 

Carnitos de Pato

Carnitos de Pato

Carnitos de Pato

Carnitos de Pato With Yarrow Meadows duck leg, achiote & citrus marinade, roast tomatillo & guajillo salsa, guacamole & fresh tortillas

El Santo  

680 Columbia St, New Westminster

Phone:(604) 727-8176

Twitter: @el_santonewwest

Created by: Chef Shane King

 

Stinging Nettle Gnocchi

Stinging Nettle Gnocchi

Stinging Nettle Gnocchi

Carrot Caraway Puree, Rosemary rye crisps, house ricotta, preserved lemon gel, with purple carrots

The Acorn

3995 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-9001

Twitter: @AcornVancouver

Created by: Chef Brian Luptak and Robert Clarke

 

 

Lamb Filled Ravioli

Lamb Filled house made Ravioli

Lamb Filled house made Ravioli

Lamb Filled house made Ravioli finished in butter and balsamic.

Osteria Savio Volpe

615 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604 428 0072

Twitter @savio_volpe

Created by: Chef Mark Perrier

 

Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta Gnocchi

Turnip top and tail, ricotta gnocchi, brown butter, hazelnuts, sage, oved the colours, flavours and crunch from the hazelnuts, such a well-balanced dish.

Juniper

185 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-1695

Twitter @eatatjuniper

Created by: Chef Sarah Stewart

 

Summer Squash Risotto

Summer Squash Risotto

Summer Squash Risotto

Summer Squash Risotto with lemon, and thyme, house made granola and walnuts was outstanding.

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

1015 Burrard Street (inside the Century Plaza Hotel)

Tel: 604-684-3474

Twitter @cprimesteak

Created by: Chef Elliott Hashimoto

 

K.K. Buttermilk Tiger Prawns

K.K. Buttermilk Tiger Prawns

K.K. Buttermilk Tiger Prawns

K.K. Buttermilk Tiger Prawns which are outstanding in the most delicious sauce.

Angie’s Malaysian Eatery

7355 Edmonds Street, Burnaby

Tel: 778-398-0012

Twitter: @clement_ow

Created by: Chef Clement Ow

 

Asparagus Gazpacho

Asparagus Gazpacho

Asparagus Gazpacho

Asparagus Gazpacho with kohlrabi and hazelnuts.

The Farmer’s Apprentice

1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-2070

Twitter: @FApprentice

Created by: Chef David Gunawan

 

Pan Roasted Scallops

Pan Roasted Scallops

Pan Roasted Scallops

Pan roasted Scallops, sunchoke purée, chestnut, lemon, gold raisin, crisp celeriac.

Hawksworth Restaurant

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-673-7000

Twitter: @hawksworthrest

Created by: Chef Stewart Boyles

 

Rye So Messy Chicken Wings

Rye So Messy Chicken Wings

Rye So Messy Chicken Wings

Rye So Messy Chicken Wings rye and gochujang marinated, mango glaze, ramen crumble, kfc sauce.

Torafuku

958 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-903-2006

Twitter: @torafukuYVR

Created by: Chef Clement Chan

 

The Green Balila

The Green Balila

The Green Balila

a delicious vegan stew of chickpeas, kale topped with tahini.

Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @Sajnco

Created by: Chef Malek Anouti

 

Gigot

Gigot

Gigot

12h braised lamb legs in red wine and mirepoix.

Linh Café

2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-4668

Twitter: @LinhCafeVan

Created by: Chef Tai Luong Nguyen

 

 

BC Spot Prawn Flatbread

BC Spot Prawn Flatbread

BC Spot Prawn Flatbread

BC Spot Prawn Flatbread that was forno baked with mascarpone, corn and red peppers and spot prawns.

Vancouver Fish Co.

1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604 559 3474

Twitter: @VanFishCo

Created by: Chef John McManus

 

Pacific Provider Spring Salmon

Lightly smoked Pacific Provider spring salmon

Lightly smoked Pacific Provider spring salmon

Lightly smoked Pacific Provider spring salmon, stinging nettle cavatelli, spring onion velouté.

Forage

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-661-1400

Twitter: @forageVancouver

Created by: Chef Chris Whittaker

 

Corn Dumplings

Corn Dumplings

Corn Dumplings

Corn Dumplings kale caldo verde and sausage delicious and vibrant dish.

Mission Kits

2042 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-739-2042

Twitter: @missionkits

Created by: Chef Curtis Luk

 

Squash and Cauliflower Tostada

Squash and Cauliflower Tostada

Squash and Cauliflower Tostada

Squash and Cauliflower Tostada kabocha squash, pickled cauliflower, queso fresco.

Tacofino Gastown

15 West Cordova, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 899-7907

Twitter: @TacofinoVAN

Created by: Chef

 

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel with white asparagus with hollaindaise and a lemon squeeze.

Bauhaus Restaurant

1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-974-1147

Twitter: @BauhausRest

Created by: Chef Stefan Hartmann

 

 

The Harvest

The Harvest

The Harvest

The Harvest with Farro and wild herbs, asparagus, spring peas, borage flowers, lemon thyme, watercress, lemon balm, elderflower, sunburst carrots, fiddleheads from the Ostrich fern, an elderflower gastrique and a wild celery emulsion, a stunning plate!

The Acorn

3995 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-9001

Twitter: @AcornVancouver

Created by: Chef Brian Luptak and Robert Clarke

 

Sambal Eggplants

Sambal Eggplants

Sambal Eggplants

Sambal Eggplants in a housemade sambal sauce, tender and delicious.

John 3:16 Malaysian Delights

170-8151 Anderson Rd, Richmond

Phone:(604) 214-8181

Twitter: @J316mydelights

Created by: Chef Daniel

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Forager’s Toast

Forager’s Toast

Forager’s Toast

Truffled wild mushrooms, bocconcini, arugula, toasted brioche. A stunning presentation and on point in flavour.

Chef Jeff Miller

Argan Bistro

 

Aubergine Dumplings

Aubergine Dumplings

Aubergine Dumplings

Aubergine Dumplings pan fried and crispy in a delicious pine nut thai curry

Chef Felix Zhou

Big Trouble

 

Salad of Squash

Salad of Squash

Salad of Squash

Salad of Squash a stunning plate with fresh house-made cheese, and citrus.

Chef Ciaran Chung

Wishes + Luck

 

For more of my best savoury dishes, see last years list for 2014

By: Richard Wolak