Best Savoury Dishes of 2018

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 2018 in restaurants that are still open to this day.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad

with chèvre, white pepper, basil, celery hearts, strawberry vinaigrette

Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge

845 Hornby St, Vancouver

Tel (604) 689-7777

Twitter: @Wedgewoodhotel

Instagram @Wedgewoodhotel

Created by: Executive Chef Montgomery Lau

 

Wild Salmon & Carrots

Wild Salmon & Carrots

an outstanding dish on their chefs tasting menu

Mak n’ Ming

1629 Yew Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-737-1155

Twitter @makNming

Instagram @makNming

Created by: Executive Chef Makoto

 

Hamburguesa Con Foie

Hamburguesa Con Foie

with foie butter on the side and very good potato chips

Como Taperia

209 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 879-3100

Twitter: @COMOTaperia

Instagram @comotaperia

Created by: Executive Chef Justin Witcher

 

Chicken Picatta 

Chicken Picatta

which was crispy on the outside with the delicious sauce of capers and lemon served on a bed of roasted chili rosemary potatoes.

Pepino’s Spaghetti House

631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 254-5633

Twitter: @pepinothemouse

Instagram: @pepinosspaghettihouse

Created by: Executive Chef Mark Perrier

 

Fazzoletti

Fazzoletti

with tomato sauce, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, ricotta, so creative using the pasta sheets and lightly toasting them with these seasonal ingredients.

Fiore

1485 W 12th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-1485

Instagram @fioreyvr

Created by: Chef Alexandrea Fladhamer

 

Morue Charbonnière

Morue Charbonnière

shoyu-glazed sablefish, sea asparagus, seasonal vegetables, fish consommé, fried leeks

Origo Club

110-6888 River Road, Richmond

Tel: (604) 285-8889

Instagram @origoclub

Created by: Chef David Pan

 

Shashimi Ceviche

Shashimi Ceviche

blue fin tuna, Managatsuo (bonito type of fish), daikon, radish, Asian pear, citrus, and yuzu dressing.

Super Hiro’s Restaurant

2585 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 737-3333

Instagram @superhiros.restaurant

Created by: Chef Hiroki Watanabe

 

Cacia de Peppe

Cacia de Peppe

is one of the best I have had, this simple dish of only a few ingredients takes skill to make it perfect and this one was perfect.

The Italians Restaurant

1220 Bute Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-5034

Instagram @theitalians_vancouver

Created by: Chef Matteo Vincenzi

 

Bison Bavette Steak & Fries

Bison bavette Steak & Fries

With sauteed bc mushrooms, wilted greens, spruce, a delicious dish with all of the elements.

Juniper

185 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-1695

Twitter @eatatjuniper

Instagram @junipervancouver

Created by: Chef Warren Chow

 

Springtime Scallops in Thai Curry Sauce

Springtime Scallops in Thai Curry Sauce

with seared jumbo scallops infused with pandan leaves. Served with bites of Thai rice crackers stuffed with smoked, spiced bale-infused pork belly, pickled jicama and caramelized cherry tomatoes in a Thai curry sauce, purple & orange sweet potato purée, basil drops, dehydrated fruits with coconut jasmine rice and garnished with edible spring flowers and dill.

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Twitter @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram @banchokdeethai

Created by: Chef Parinya Lopston

 

Timpano!

Timpano!

such an incredible Pasta Pie filled with Pasta, meatballs, sausage, salami, cheese with delicious tomato sauce

Di Beppe Restaurant

8 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-1122

Instagram @dibepperestaurant

Created by: Chef Letitia Wan

 

Arancina Bomba

Arancina Bomba

a saffron risotto ball stuffed with mozzarella served with a pistachio pesto.

Mangia Cucina

2211 Manitoba Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-5445

Twitter: @mangia604

Instagram @mangia604

Created by: Chef Allessandro

 

Oceanwise Ling Cod

Oceanwise Ling Cod

a beautiful plate with pea shoots, roasted carrots, scallion, tapioca, shellfish red curry cream, popped sorghum

Boulevard Kitchen

845 Burrard St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 642-2900

Instagram @blvdyvr

Created by: Chef Roger Ma

 

Bucatini with Braised Guanciale and Orange

Bucatini with Braised Guanciale and Orange

This pasta creation is an expansion on classic Roman dishes that have as their bases guanciale and Pecorino Romano (Carbonara, Amatriciana, All Gricia)

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 736-2220

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

Instagram @NOVOPizzeria

Created by:  Chef Carmine Paradiso

 

Veal Shank Couscous

Veal Shank Couscous

with cherry and date sauce

Moltaqa Restaurant

51 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 696-4055

Instagram: @moltaqa.vancouver

Created by: Mimo

 

Tropical Duck Curry

Tropical Duck Curry

Description: Sous-vide duck leg cooked in red curry served with rice.

Viet House Restaurant 

3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-379-9388

Instagram: @viet_house_restaurant 

Created by: Chef John Nguyen

 

House Lasagna  

House Lasagna

in a glorious red sauce

Pepino’s Spaghetti House

631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 254-5633

Twitter: @pepinothemouse

Instagram: @pepinosspaghettihouse

Created by: Executive Chef Mark Perrier

 

Sablefish

Sablefish with maple soy glaze

with maple soy glaze, butternut squash, sesame oat crumble, loved the textures and the flavours of this incredible dish.

YEW Restaurant & Bar

791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 689-9333

Instagram: @fsvancouver

Created by: Chef Edgar Kanto

 

Seared Venison Medallions

Seared Venison Medallions

with a delicious fig & pomegranate curry

Vij’s Restaurant

3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver.

Tel:(604) 736-6664

Instagram @eatdrinkvijs

Created by: Chef Vikram Vij

 

Honorable mentions – out of town

Scallop Crudo

Scallop Crudo

with sea buckthorn, ponzu and lemon verbena, stunning dish!

Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill

1730 Mission Hill Rd, West Kelowna

Phone: (250) 768-6467

Instagram @missionhillwinery

Created by: Chef Patrick Gayler

 

Sutil Mountain carrot, urchin butter, salmon roe, kelp

Sutil Mountain carrot, urchin butter, salmon roe, kelp

Pilgrimme Restaurant

2806 Montague Rd, Galiano Island

Tel: (250) 539-5392

Instagram @pilgrimme_rest

Created by: Chef Jesse McCleery

 

The Ricotta Hotcake

The Ricotta Hotcake

Spring seasonal vanilla ricotta pancake topped with strawberries, edible flowers, dulce de leche and a house-made soft strawberry marshmallow, served with a strawberry rhubarb syrup on the side, all I can say is WOW.

Proud Mary Coffee

2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR

Tel: 1 503-208-3475

Instagram @proudmaryusa

Created by:

 

For more of my best savoury dishes, see last years list for 2017.

By: Richard Wolak