Best Savoury Dishes of 2016

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 2016 in restaurants that are still open to this day.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

 

Local Sturgeon

Local Sturgeon

with sweet delicious kale, kale sprouts, red baby beets and white wine foam

Bauhaus Restaurant

1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-974-1147

Twitter: @BauhausRest

Created by: Chef Stefan Hartmann

 

Cullingionis 

stuffed with potato and pecorino in a bright flavourful pomodoro, a dish that originates in Sardinia.

Osteria Savio Volpe

615 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604 428 0072

Twitter @savio_volpe

Created by: Chef Mark Perrier and Chef Derek Gray

 

Give a Dog a Bone

Give a Dog a Bone

an incredible creative dish with Smoked bone marrow, beef luck lac, pickled greens, market veggies, crispy potato noodles.

Torafuku

958 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-903-2006

Twitter: @torafukuYVR

Created by: Chef Clement Chan

 

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

with roasted pumpkin chips, such a delicious fall dish garnished with Parmesan crisps.

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

Twitter: @apronyvr

Created by: Chef Robert Uy

 

Butchers Tagliatelle Al Ragu Bolognese

12 hour braised meat sauce, house-made pasta, pancetta, San Marzano tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   (604) 736-2220

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

Created by:  Chef Carmine Paradiso

 

Grilled local Corn

Grilled local Corn

with jalapeño hollandaise and charred corn delicious!

Juke

182 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-5853

Instagram: @jukefriedchicken

Created by: Chef Bryan Satterford

 

Mushroom Ravioli

Mushroom Ravioli

with mascarpone cream sauce was rich and outstanding.

Apero Kitchen and Wine Bar

1735 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 921-2583

Twitter @apero_kitchen

Created by: Chef Haymo Elzenbaumer

 

Spaghetthai Woon Sen

loved the sweetness and flavours of the citrus, creamy coconut milk, crushed roasted peanuts and mung bean paste to create a delicious Nam-Prik Sauce with Prawns and Scallops on top of light Woon Sen noodles.

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 459-8000

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Created by: Chefs Ladda Kayankarn, Thares Chanto and Parinya Loptson

 

Seared Albacore Tuna

Seared albacore tuna

with cippolini onions, fennel, olives, pesto

Terroir Kitchen

2232 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 922-9266

Twitter: @TerroirKitchen

Created by: Chef Faizal Kassam

 

Roast Duck Pancake

with Kimchi, green onion, kewpie, and crispy business

Fable Diner

151 E Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 563-3463

Twitter: @fablediner

Created by: Chef Trevor Bird

 

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

on fresh baked rye bread, hand-cut pastrami done old school, with sauerkraut, swish cheese, Russian dressing, rye bread, dill pickle, so very good.

Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen

666 E Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604.657.6119,

Twitter: @menschdeli

Created by: Chef Nitzan Cohen

 

Chicken French Toast

Chicken French Toast

topped with red cabbage with the delicious Tabasco honey and a drizzle of maple syrup which is one of my menu favourites that I will order time and time again.

Jam Cafe

556 Beatty St, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-1992

Twitter: @JamCafeYVR

Created by: unknown

 

BC Steelhead Salmon

spiced quinoa, root vegetable, caper raisin & orange vinaigrette, a stunning creation showing off our bounty of local salmon

Bacchus Restaurant

845 Hornby St, Vancouver

Tel (604) 689-7777

Twitter: @Wedgewoodhotel

Created by: Executive Chef Simon Bolsover

 

Braised Turtle Valley Bison blade steak

Braised Turtle Valley Bison blade steak

on the bone, grilled garlic scapes, warmed potato salad, chocolate jus, wow what a unique and delicious dish marrying bison and chocolate

Forage

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-661-1400

Twitter: @forageVancouver

Created by: Chef Chris Whittaker

 

Chicken Broth Ravioli

Chicken Broth Ravioli,

green tomato, grilled fennel, pecorino Romano.

Crowbar

646 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-crow

Twitter @crowbar_eastvan

Created by: Chef Scott Korzack

 

Scallops

with sweet potato, parsley celeriac and Jamon Serrano @cabritotapas such a delicious dish

Cabrito Tapas

2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-7636

Twitter: @cabritotapas

Created by: Chef Alexandre Carriere

 

Vancouver Island Halibut

Vancouver Island Halibut

with Tarragon Oceanwise prawn crust, herbed soft polenta, sautéed greens

Brix & Mortar

1138 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-915-9463

Twitter: @brixvan

Created by: Chef Chris Bisaro

 

Duck Bao

Duck Bao

duck leg in Peking sauce, pickled cucumber & crispy onion in a steam bun

Heritage Asian Eatery

1108 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 737-1108

Twitter @Eatheritagenow

Created by: Chef Felix Zhou

 

Taco Canauhtl

delicious flavours with the duck confit (carnitas) mashed comate, toasted seasoned pecans, on a handmade guajillo chile tortilla “a la Potosina” from the region of San Luis Potosi presented with a Pitaya brunoise dusted with jamaica (Habisus) flower petals, served with a black bean mousse and avocado mousse topped with a piloncillo chipotle sauce and a sprig of organic thyme

Little Mexico Cantina

#150 – 3131 Chatham St., Richmond

Tel: 604-272-5123

Twitter: 

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

 

Ricotta Squash Blossoms

with mint chimichurri and currants @burdockandco

Burdock & Co.

2702 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 879-0077

Twitter: @BurdockAndCo

Created by: Chef Andrea Carlson

 

Ling Cod

in a delicious spot prawn bisque, shellfish, potato gnocchi, wilted greens @royaldinette

Royal Dinette

905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Tel:604 974 8077

Twitter @RoyalDinette

Created by: Chef de Cuisine Jack Chen

 

Tlacoyos

Tlacoyos

a traditional Mexican dish made with a crispy black corn dough topped with cactus, black beans and Guajillo chilies.

Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-3368

Twitter: @patrontc

Created by: Chefs Maria-Elena and Greysy de la Rosa

 

Honorable mentions – out of town

 

Roasted Local Halibut

Roasted local Halibut

sea coriander, sea asparagus, sea plantains, radish and yellow carrot purée; a stunning dish, flavourful

Agrius Restaurant

733 Yates Street, Victoria

Tel: (778) 265-6312

Twitter: @agriusbyfolepi

 

Pacific Wild Salmon

with brown butter vegetables, crispy oatmeal cakes, charred leek and dill cream

Lure Restaurant

45 Songhees Road, Victoria

Phone: 250- 360-5873

Twitter: @LUREvictoria

 

For more of my best savoury dishes, see last years list for 2015

By: Richard Wolak