Category: West Side

TRAFALGARS BISTRO

UPDATED 4/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED  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…

FINEST AT SEA

4675 Arbutus Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-266-1904 Web: www.finestatsea.com Twitter: @FinestAtSeaVan Advice: Located in a strip mall, no reservations. With my love for fish, I had missed eating at one of the city’s notable seafood boutiques. I can’t believe it took…

KAYA MALAY BISTRO

1063 W. Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604-730-9963 Web: http://www.kayamalay.com Twitter: @kayamalay Advice: Go with friends and share a selection of dishes. I had dinner with some friends recently in this warmly inspired colorful dining room, joining me was Emmy Moulechkova, Jonathan…

BIGSBY THE BAKEHOUSE

4894 Mackenzie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-267-2253 Web: https://www.facebook.com/bigsbybakehouse Twitter: n/a Advice: Call ahead to order Challah for Friday. Tucked into the Mackenzie Heights neighborhood with little fanfare, I had heard about this wonderful bakery café from my friend and fellow writer…

PETE’S MEAT BUTCHER SHOP & DELI

2817 Arbutus St, Vancouver Tel: 604-730-1661 Web: http://petesmeat.ca/ Twitter: @Petesmeats Advice: No reservations, small seating area. The butcher shop specializes in meat and not just any meat, there is beef, chicken and pork as well as other meats and you…

TRUFFLES CAFE

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-505- 4961 Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café Twitter: @trufflesfoods Advice: Located inside the Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden. With its floor to ceiling windows over-looking Livingstone Lake and the Woodland Garden, this casual café is located inside…

SALMON & BANNOCK

1128 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: (604) 568-8971 Web: http://www.salmonandbannock.net/ Twitter: @SnBVancouver Advice: Be adventurous and try some of their native dishes. I recently embarked on an aboriginal culinary adventure at a truly one of a kind restaurant that excels in…

SUIKA

1626 W Broadway, Vancouver Tel: (604) 730-1678 Web: http://suika-snackbar.com/ Twitter: @SUIKA_IZAKAYA Advice: Make a reservation as its often busy, bring a friend as sharing is a good idea to taste more dishes. Sometimes the wait is worth it and after…

MASALA CHAI

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1102 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-9001 Web: www.masalachai.ca Twitter: n/a Advice: Order one of the curry specials. Most of the food is soy free. I was happy to visit Chef Roy Abhishek’s recently opened Indian snack…

VIA VENETO

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 656 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604-708-3300 Web: http://www.viavenetovancouver.com Advice:  Delicious basket of Focaccia bread served complimentary to begin the meal. My friend joined me for lunch recently at this Northern Italian restaurant, a great fine…

JETHRO’S FINE GRUB

3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver Tel:  604-569-3441 Web: http://www.jethrosfinegrub.com/ Advice: If you don’t finish your meal, don’t be afraid to ask for a box to go as it’s common practice here. Friends had been nudging me to visit Jethro’s, each time…

SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT

5251 Oak Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-261-0011 Web: www.shaughnessyrestaurant.com Advice: Request a window seat overlooking the gardens. Sitting in a spectacular setting this is a delightful restaurant for lunch, dinner or brunch before or after a visit to VanDusen Gardens. The…

CAFE CREPE

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2861 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-488-1326 Web: n/a Advice: Breakfast served daily to 3pm. This Parisian creperie doesn’t only serve amazing crepes, you will find my favourite savoury crepe, Tuna with Swiss Cheese ($7.50) without…

KAPLAN’S STAR DELI

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 5775 Oak Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-263-2625 Advice: Ask for lean or extra lean for any of the meat sandwiches. This Jewish deli has been part of the community for many years, my friends and I…

LA BUCA

4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.730.6988 Web: http://www.labuca.ca Twitter: @LaBuca Advice: Make a reservation. You can drive past La Buca and not realize you’ve just missed one of the greatest little Italian restaurants in town. Little because La Buca is…

SABRA RESTAURANT

3844 Oak Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-733-4912 Web: http://www.sabrakosherrestaurant.com Advice: They are closed Saturdays. Call a day ahead for the whole wheat challah. This is Vancouver’s only Glatt Kosher Restaurant, they have a good falafel bar that features many different toppings…

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