Category: Restaurant Reviews

MERCANTE

6488 University Boulevard, Vancouver Tel: (604) 827-2210 Web: http://www.food.ubc.ca/place/mercante/ Twitter: @ubcfood Advice: No reservations, takeaway available. Their green boxes for takeout, can be folded to make plates and a smaller box for leftovers. To my excitement finding an authentic Italian Cucina…

ALBERELLO PIZZERIA

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver Tel: 604-770-4484 Web: http://www.alberellopizzeria.com/ Twitter @Alberellopizza Advice: Open for lunch and dinner daily, except nightly only on Saturday & Sunday. Located on the North Shore, this family run gem features a line-up of authentic…

WISHES + LUCK

UPDATED 8/6/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 484-9371 Web: https://instagram.com/wishesandluck/ Twitter: @wishes_and_luck Advice: No reservations. Closed Mondays. Owned by Chef Ciaran Chung & Dolly Reno they have created a menu of share plates with a focus…

KINOME JAPANESE KITCHEN

2511 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 778-379-1925 Web: https://www.facebook.com/KinomeJapaneseKitchen Twitter: n/a Advice: Takes Reservations and Walk-Ins Welcome. Closed Tuesdays. With owner Chef Ryoma at the helm running this open kitchen, his team of chefs are meticulous in the preparation of each…

TOUR DE FEAST

4544 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: (604) 221-4340 Web: http://tourdefeast.com/cafe/ Twitter @de_feast Advice: No reservations. Closed Tuesdays. As their name suggests, Tour de Feast does just that, with beautiful paintings adorning the walls to the varied selection of the dishes on…

PROHIBITION BAR

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.673.7088 Web: http://prohibitionrhg.com/ Twitter: @RWHotelGeorgia Advice: Closed Sundays. Dress code in effect. Located at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this glamourous cocktail bar features a 3,000-square-foot lounge with daily live musical entertainment and sleek interiors…

OLD CROWE COFFEE CO

655 Front Street, New Westminster Tel: 778-960-8790 Web: http://oldcrowcoffeeco.com/ Twitter: @Oldcrowcoffee Advice: Open daily. Located downtown New Westminster overlooking the river front, you will a cool café, brick lined walls and comfy leather chairs are a welcoming spot. find a…

ARGAN BISTRO

UPDATED 10/14/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 795 Jervis Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-563-8466 Web: http://arganbistro.com/ Twitter: @ArganBistro Advice: Reservations suggested. Ever evolving this is a hidden gem and the latest eatery from Chef Nourdine Majdoubi and his partner Kevin Lin, both who…

TACOMIO

435 Abbott Street, Vancouver Tel: (778) 868-7041 Web: http://www.tacomio.ca/ Twitter: @tacomiovan Advice: Counter service. Salsa bar (complimentary). With my love for Mexican food, our city’s scene keeps on evolving, the latest taco oriented spot is run by Chef/Owner Fhernando Llanas and…

MOSQUITO

32 Water Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-398-3188 Web: www.mosquitodessert.com Twitter: @mosquitodessert Advice: Open Wed – Sun night. No reservations. It’s dark, mysterious and full of character, the space was designed by Craig Stanghetta; there are many elements to this spot including…

KIN KAO THAI KITCHEN

903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-558-1125 Web: http://www.kinkao.ca/ Twitter @kinkaokitchen Advice: No reservations, small plates. Since I love Thai cuisine, I am always on the lookout for new spots to try, my friend Jordan Rogers joined me to share some…

TRAFALGARS BISTRO

2603 W.16th, Vancouver Tel: 604-739-0555 Web: http://trafalgars.com/home.html Twitter: @TrafalgarsInVan Advice: Reservations suggested. After many years since my last visit, my good friend Sherri Morris joined me to indulge in Chef Paul Haldane’s dishes. The restaurant’s décor had been redone awhile…

DOUGHGIRLS BAKE SHOP

3322 Shrum Lane, Vancouver Tel: (604) 333-5474 Web: http://www.doughgirlsbakeshop.com/ Twitter: @DoughgirlsBake Advice: Join the line-up for delicious treats. Take ‘n Bake selection of entries for takeout. Located in the Wesbrook Village neighborhood close to the UBC campus is a star studded…

IL CASTELLO PIZZERIA

119 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver Tel: 604-987-4992 Web: http://ilcastellopizzeria.com/ Twitter: @IlCastelloNVan Advice: Order at the counter, sharing tables. Keeping it simple this pizzeria has communal tables for sharing, serves a complimentary bowl of rosemary popcorn to guests as seated,…

TACOFINO GASTOWN

15 West Cordova, Vancouver Tel: (604) 899-7907 Web: http://tacofino.com/ Twitter: @TacofinoVAN Advice: No reservations. Taco bar open nightly, the Burrito bar open for lunch thru late night. My love for Tacofino began a few years ago when their first food…

JACKALOPE’S NEIGHBOURHOOD DIVE

2257 East Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 568-6674 Web: http://jackalopesdive.com/ Twitter: @JackalopesDive Advice: No reservations. I have always had a love for American Southern comfort food, memories of travels across the Southern parts of the USA, with restaurants serving up…

MR. RED CAFÉ

2234 E. Hastings St, Vancouver Tel: 604-710-9515 Web: https://www.facebook.com/mrredvancity Twitter: n/a Advice: Bring a friend or two and share the dishes. Although the interior of the restaurant’s walls are red, this Northern Vietnamese café is named after the nickname of…

SOFT PEAKS

25 Alexander Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 559-2071 Web: http://softpeaks.ca/ Twitter: @soft_peaks Advice: Never share with your friend, enjoy each creation solo. My love for soft serve ice cream began at a young age and there weren’t many options back then,…

CORDUROY PIE COMPANY

758 West 16th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-709-0200 Web: http://www.corduroypie.com/ Twitter: @CorduroyPieCo Advice: Whole pizza pies to eat in or takeout. The latest in new pizzerias joins a lineup of top notch spots with a very good crispy edged crust. Gragham…

BLACK ROOK BAKEHOUSE

2474 East Hastings St, Vancouver Tel:(604) 563-5094 Web: http://www.blackrookbake.com/ Twitter: @blackrookbaker Advice: Open Monday – Saturday. A true neighborhood bakeshop that’s community oriented shines bright in the heart of the East Village. Owned by Dana and Mark Blundell, who have…

NICLI’S NEXT DOOR

UPDATED 5/1/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 68 West Cordova, Vancouver Tel: 604-669-6985 Web: http://www.niclisnextdoor.com/ Twitter: @niclisnextdoor Advice: Walk-ins welcome. This is a place that I enjoyed after my first visit last summer, my draw for another visit was to try some…

BATARD BOULANGERIE

3958 Fraser, Vancouver Tel: 604-506-3958 Web: http://www.batardbakery.com/ Twitter: @batardbakery Advice: Communal tables for sharing, prepared foods for takeaway. In France bread usually comes out of the ovens in the afternoon when people are heading home from work. Notable Bread baker…

INVITRO RESTAURANT

UPDATED 11/25/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2211 Manitoba Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 992-6224 Web: http://invitrorestaurant.com Twitter @invitrofoodlabs Advice: Advance reservations suggested, open nightly. Every so often you find a hidden gem where all the key ingredients come in to play. Hidden…

THE FAT BADGER

1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver Tel: 604 336 5577 Web: http://www.fatbadger.ca/ Twitter: @the_fat_badger Advice: Walkins welcome, reservations for 8 or more, communal tables for sharing. Taking British pub fare to the next level is what restaurateurs Ed Perrow and Chef Neil…

THE COPPER CHIMNEY

567 Hornby Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-8862 Web: http://www.copperchimney.ca/ Twitter: @CopperChimney_1 Advice: Reservations suggested. As I entered this grande dining room which boasts an impressive staircase to an upstairs seating area, I was struck with an immediate warmth of the room…

NOURISH VANCOUVER

UPDATED 12/1/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 451 Granville, Vancouver Tel: n/a Web: http://www.nourishvancouver.ca/ Twitter: @nourishvan Advice: Counter service and a delivery service. It’s all about healthy salads, soups and juices at this locale inside the Chopra Yoga Centre. Conveniently located at…

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