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FEAST

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2423 Marine Dr. West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 922-1155

Web: www.feastdining.ca

Twitter: @feastdining

Advice: Reservations needed.

The communal table is the star in this eatery located in Dundarave Village, where Chef Kayla Dhaliwall has created a unique menu for diners to feast. Sharing would be the way to go if you have a friend or two joining. The menu is seafood forward yet does feature other meat and vegetarian dishes, it has an element of fun for foodies to enjoy. Each of the dishes are served on the beautiful black serving dishes which not only look great but are easy for serving. My friend Nikki joined me as we took a whirl sharing some of the dishes while dining at the communal table.

The Avocado & Beet “Fries”

The Avocado & Beet “Fries”

K’s 'FC

K’s ‘FC

English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms

English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms

Squash & Chickpea Curry

Squash & Chickpea Curry

The Avocado & Beet “Fries” ($12) are lightly battered and fried, topped with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a citrus gastrique were divine. K’s ‘FC ($22) is a half crispy free run fried chicken served with proper gravy, tender, juicy and delicious. The naming of this dish is a play on words depending of course how you look at it, there take is that it is named after Chef Kayla and it’s her fried chicken. Sides are needed to go along with a dish like this, and we chose the tasty English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms ($9) served in a black iron pot. We also shared the delicious Squash & Chickpea Curry ($22) with forbidden black rice.

Mini Donuts

Mini Donuts

There were only two desserts on offer, and we went with the Mini donuts ($9.99) holy amazing crispy donuts, a bag of home-made mini donuts with caramel and a strawberry sauce a true indulgence! Sharing is a must as there are 20 donuts in the bag.

I am looking forward to a future visit for brunch as they are featuring Chef Kayla’s amazing Chicken & Waffles.

Review by: Richard Wolak

THE ABBEY

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117 West Pender Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-7100

Web: http://abbeyvan.com/

Twitter: @AbbeyYVR

Advice: Reservations suggested weekends.

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage

Mushrooms on Toast

Mushrooms on Toast

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

The room is long and narrow, spacious with a private room up the stairs at the rear for large or small gatherings. Coined as a progressive tavern, the dishes have great flavours which is not surprising knowing the menu was created by chef/owner Andrey Durbach and his partners Chris Stewart, and Michel Durocher. I dined solo in the first days of opening, having the Free-run Chicken Karaage ($10) Togaroshi  crispy, spiced and delish! Next was the outstanding Mushrooms on Toast ($14) a mix of local mushrooms including chanterelles on a moist crisped brioche! Lastly for dessert, I had the delicious Peanut Butter Pie ($7) with sour cherries, graham cracker crust and a chocolate top that reminds me of a childhood dessert Spoon Candy that I loved!

I am looking forward to returning to try more dishes, as well as their Happy Hour, and I hope they offer brunch one day soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PROHIBITION TASTING ROOM

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1269 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Tel: (604) 563-9494

Web: http://www.prohibitionbrewingco.com/prohibition-brewing-company-tasting-room/

Twitter: @ProhibitionAles

Advice: Flight of Four beers great value, all coocktails are doubles.

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Known for the beer they brew in the Okanagan, Prohibition’s tasting room is located in Vancouver in the trendy Yaletown neighborhood where they are serving up a stellar selection of comfort food to go with their craft beer and cocktails. I was quite impressed having taken a run through the dinner menu with my friend David Peng.

Getaway Lager, Bootlegger Amber Ale, Lawless IPA, Smuggler Scotch Ale

Getaway Lager, Bootlegger Amber Ale, Lawless IPA, Smuggler Scotch Ale

Beer tasting on the paddle ($8) with the Getaway Lager, Bootlegger Amber Ale, Lawless IPA, Smuggler Scotch Ale to go along the delicious food at the outset.

Duck Wings

Duck Wings

Poutine

Poutine

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

 Steak Frites

Steak Frites

First off was the outstanding Duck Wings ($11) a pound of these wings perfectly seasoned, tender, juicy, and braised for an hour prior to frying. Served with a house-made barbq sauce, a hot sauce and a creamy sauce. Next was the Poutine ($8) with a mushroom ale gravy and cheese, both of these dishes were great for sharing. Next were a couple of entrees, I loved, loved, loved the Roast Chicken ($19) with veggies in a white wine mushroom cream sauce; followed by the flavourful Steak Frites ($20) 6 oz tenderloin and Frites.

The Moonshine

The Moonshine

Lawless Mule

Lawless Mule

No dessert option on the menu as of yet, so we made do tasting a couple of cocktails that the manager sent over to the table. The Moonshine ($9.50) in cool mason jar made with walnut bitters, citrus and egg whites along with the Lawless Mule ($9.50) with vodka, citrus, ginger and their IPA.

This is a room to keep your eye on, and its going to be a great spot for hanging out with friends. I can’t wait to try out the lunch menu, as well am hopeful for some dessert options down the road made with their ales.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MOROCCO WEST

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795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/menus/

Twitter: @MoroccoWest

Advice: Reservations suggested.

I have always loved Moroccan cuisine, the flavours of the dishes, the spices and it’s culture has been a draw for me. I was happy to visit this new eatery located off bustling Robson street on a couple of occasions since it opened mid spring. The room is a good size with rustic orange walls along with a nice sized patio out front. It’s run by co-owners, Executive Chef Nourdine Majdoubi and Kevin Lin both who are passionate about Moroccan cuisine.

Lamb Sandwich

Lamb Sandwich

Hummus

Hummus

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Lamb Couscous

Lamb Couscous

Ras-el-hanout Lamb Sandwich

Ras-el-hanout Lamb Sandwich

I have had the delicious Lamb Sandwich ($13) with Fig Chutney Green lentil spread, soft¬ goat cheese, fresh mint, baby arugula, harissa mayonnaise, as well as the Hummus ($6) and Truffle Parmesan Fries ($7) which I had dipped into the Hummus. I have also had the Lamb Couscous ($15) served with root vegetables, chickpeas, onion con­fit, raisins, Moroccan jus. One of my friends had the Beef Sandwich ($12) with Prunes and Apricot Marmalade caramelized onion, cornichon relish, white beans ragout, carrots, and baby arugula.

Couscous Brûlée

Couscous Brûlée

Cherry and Ricotta Strudel

Cherry and Ricotta Strudel

I have indulged in two of their popular and delicious house-made desserts, first the warm toasted Couscous Brûlée ($8) Cinnamon, apricot, prunes, raisins, crème anglaise; secondly the Cherry and Ricotta Strudel ($9) with fresh cherries, Cointreau, mixed berry coulis.

I am looking forward to returning soon to try more dishes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

WILDEBEEST

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120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604 687 6880.

Web: http://wildebeest.ca/

Twitter: @WildebeestYVR

Advice: Reservations suggested, late night solo visit shouldn’t need a reso.

Angus Beef Short Rib

Angus Beef Short Rib

Pear Mousse

Pear Mousse

Since I’ve known of this eatery being a spot for carnivores, it was one that took me far too long to visit, I did just that recently to partake in meat. This is what they do well, they do all the butchery on site for the animals that they serve which for the most part are locally raised. They support as much of the local farmers as they can for their produce. Dining here is a gastronomic experience and one that is finely executed. I had one dish in mind  to try and ended up ordering a couple, very impressed by the level of excellent service, the wonderful ambiance and I enjoyed watching the chefs at play in their open kitchen.  I had the outstanding slow-cooked natural Angus Beef Short Rib ($25) with salt-baked beets, hay jus, smoked salt as I had my eye on this dish. I then skipped right to dessert, to indulge in the delicious Pear Mousse ($9) chocolate sorbet, chewy pear, dehydrated chocolate mousse, salted caramel.

Although the menu is meat heavy, you will also find fish and vegetarian dishes as well that are plated with the same precision. The cocktail line-up is crafted by co-owner barstar Josh Pape. I’m looking forward to another visit perhaps next time for brunch.

Review by: Richard Wolak

EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR

1130 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-638-0127

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Advice: No reservations.

La Werta

La Werta

I have always had an interest in Latin American food and culture, ever since taking Spanish in high school and travelling through the region years later. In recent years the Latin American food scene, in particular Mexican food has grown immensely in our city. Although El Azteca had been open for over a year, their menu and direction has recently changed with creative chef Jesus Brown Garcia leading the kitchen. Last week I visited for the first time enjoying one of their house cocktail creations the La Werta which was quite refreshing, taking cue from my charming server Moises.

Aguachile

Aguachile

Taco Canaco

Taco Canaco

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

The menu is filled with dishes from the Chef’s home town of Mexico City as well as from other regions in Mexico. I loved the Aguachile ($13) lime marinated pacific shrimp with a little heat kick, avocado, purple onions; great flavours, served with a bowl of house-made tortilla chips! The Taco Canaco ($13) chefs creation, Salmon & Scallop Tacos with a delicious cilantro tequila sauce on the side was next. Since I love Mole, it was a must that I try theirs, having the outstanding Mole Chicken Enchiladas ($16) with a chocolatey mole sauce, smokey black beans and rice.

Buenllo

Buenllo

Since everyone knows that I love desserts especially ones that are not the usual fare, I had the  delicious Buenllo a flat churro dusted with sugar topped with vanilla ice cream and a thick warm chocolate tequila sauce to end the wonderful journey of Mexican flavours.

I can’t wait to try their weekend brunch!

Review by: Richard Wolak

EXILE BISTRO

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1220 Bute Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8633

Web: http://exilebistro.com/

Twitter: @exilebistro

Advice: Doesn’t take reservations, daytime they run a café menu and by night

Black Bean Carob Brownie and a 3 Ingredient cookie

Black Bean Carob Brownie and a 3 Ingredient cookie

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Hazelnut Macchiato

Hazelnut Macchiato

Cherry Blossom Cortado

Cherry Blossom Cortado

Specializing in plant forward cuisine with an additional focus on Canadian game, this new hot spot in the westend is all about serving up dishes with unique and locally foraged ingredients appealing to Vegans, Vegetarians and others who are looking for something extraordinary. For my first visit, I was there during the afternoon where I had some afternoon snacks, the delicious and healthy Black Bean Carob Brownie and a 3 Ingredient cookie with fig, bananas and oats (both are vegan ) and a non-vegan Espresso Macchiato followed by a Hazelnut Macchiato. I also had yummy a Cherry Blossom Cortado with raw local hazelnut milk, espresso, house-made cherry cordial topped with brandies cherries and cherry blossoms!

Chaga Mushroom & Schizandra Berry Cold Brew,

Chaga Mushroom & Schizandra Berry Cold Brew

Pickled Oyster Mushrooms

Pickled Oyster Mushrooms

Lentil Pate

Lentil Pate

Shoots Salad

Shoots Salad

Roots Salad

Roots Salad

Fermented Buckwheat Porridge

Fermented Buckwheat Porridge

For my next visit, I dined at night where the menu is ever so different. Arriving solo and sitting at the bar, I ended up meeting my bar mate who turned out to be a sommelier for another eatery, we both decided to share most of the dishes so that we could each try more dishes, which meant trying more ingredients and flavours. Justin Everett and I had a great chat about the dishes we were eating as well as his world of wine. I had the refreshing and incredible Chaga Mushroom & Schizandra Berry Cold Brew ($5) made with birch syrup, followed by the Pickled Oyster Mushrooms to start. I then shared the delicious Lentil Pate ($13) with pickles and levain crackers; followed by the Shoots Salad ($12) with fiddleheads, fireweed, garlic mustard, collard buds, chickweed, spring onion flowers; and the Roots Salad ($13) foraged and cultivated with roasted spring garlic, purple potato, sunchoke, roasted golden beets, root salt, and carrot purée. I then had the creamy and delicious Fermented Buckwheat Porridge ($14) with chia braised cabbage, burdock & beer bacon and foraged nettle pistou.

Tapioca, Knotweed, Apple Nettle Granita

Tapioca, Knotweed, Apple Nettle Granita

Chocolate Ganache Pot

Chocolate Ganache Pot

For dessert we had the interesting Tapioca, Knotweed, Apple Nettle Granita with sponge toffee, rhubarb; followed by the outstanding Chocolate Ganache Pot with gluten-free chocolate cake soil, and black sesame sand topped with sweet Cecile.

This is a one of a kind spot with creative chefs using innovative ingredients and it’s a place that you have to get to soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ ONE

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1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-893-7205

Web: www.sheratonvancouver.com

Twitter: @WallCentreHotel

Advice: Reservations suggested.

Grilled Prawn & Lobster Tacos

Grilled Prawn & Lobster Tacos

Roasted Haida Gwaii Sablefish

Roasted Haida Gwaii Sablefish

Mango Panacotta

Mango Panacotta

Banana Choconutty Creme Brûlée

Banana Choconutty Creme Brûlée

Hidden off the street inside the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel is a restaurant with a creative chef who knows his craft well, Chef Stuart McQuade leads the kitchen cooking up flavourful dishes using as much local as he is able to source, season after season.  My friend Ajay Masala Puri joined me for dinner where started off with delicious Grilled Prawn & Lobster Tacos served on a bed of guacamole with citrus notes. Next we both had the outstanding Roasted Haida Gwaii Sablefish with a lemongrass sabayon sauce  bamboo jasmine rice, white and green asparagus and frisée. Lastly we each had two of their specialty desserts, first chef Stuart’s refreshing and delicious Mango Panacotta made with coconut milk foam topped with coconut; followed by Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo’s Banana Choconutty Creme Brûlée with peanut butter, chocolate and sliced bananas which was also delicious.

The menu features a good selection of starters as well as mains covering protein rich dishes to pastas and more. I am looking forward to trying more of Chef Stuart McQuade’s dishes in the months to come and am eagerly awaiting his spring menu.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BURGUNDY RESTAURANT

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47 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-4100

Web:  http://www.burgundyvancouver.com/

Twitter: @BurgundyVan

Advice: Reservations suggested. Closed Mondays.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

It’s an intimate room with a stunning work of art that adorns the wall amongst other unique art and collectibles. The restaurant is two levels, the kitchen is perched the stairs, while the dining room is below with the bar towards the rear which features a small selection of red and white wine by the glass, along with beer and an interesting collection of cocktails. I had Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc to begin on the 2nd visit.

Mushroom Brulee

Mushroom Brulee

Scallops and Polenta

Scallops and Polenta

Yam & Arugula Flatbread

Yam & Arugula Flatbread

Goat Cheese Fondue

Goat Cheese Fondue

Tuna Nicoise

Tuna Nicoise

Stewie’s Cheesey Adventure

Stewie’s Cheesey Adventure

Baked Apple Cheesecake

Baked Apple Cheesecake

I have dined a couple of times with friends joining to share the European inspired dishes, in the first go I had the outstanding Mushroom Brulee ($12) Wild mushrooms, parmesan, sugar crust; along with the Scallops and Polenta ($11) Seared scallops, polenta cakes, tomato chutney and Yam & Arugula Flatbread ($12). In my most recent visit the star dish was the Goat Cheese Fondue ($13) with Baguette, apple & berries for dipping in the wonderful warm fondue; I also had the Tuna Nicoise ($12)  Tuna carpaccio, green beans, nugget potatoes, arugula, egg and olive tapenade; along with Stewie’s Cheesey Adventure ($14) home-made Macaroni, goat gouda, parmesan, garlic cream reduction, panko crust, tomato chutney served in a cool yellow pot. Lastly dessert was divine, another house-made creation the Baked Apple Cheesecake ($8) served in a jar.

Their weekend brunch menu looks amazing and I can’t wait to try the Burgundy Hash (without the eggs) Beef bourguignon, green beans, yam, goat cheese and smashed potatoes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

KINGSTON TAPHOUSE AND GRILLE

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755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-7011

Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

Advice: Reservations suggested on game nights.

Red Wine Braised Beef Cheek Poutine

Red Wine Braised Beef Cheek Poutine

Duck Confit Salad

Duck Confit Salad

Cajun Flatbread

Cajun Flatbread

This is one of those hidden gems known for its comfort food, spacious two level dining room, a full bar in front and one of the nicest secluded patios in the city. Chef Simon McLeod and his team makes good food all from scratch, almost everything is made in house and the portions are quite large. I have dined here on many occasions including brunch on the patio. This time around I had dinner before a show where my friend and I shared the delicious Red Wine Braised Beef Cheek Poutine ($8), followed by the outstanding Duck Confit Salad ($15) sun-dried cherries, apricots, goat’s feta, candied pecans, preserved lemon tarragon vinaigrette; and the Cajun Chicken Pizza ($12).

The vast menu features salads, appetizers, a great line-up of burgers, pastas, pizzas, as well a selection of desserts. Additionally there is a large selection of cocktails as well as a happy hour menu, weekend brunch and a Gluten Free menu that is filled with more great dishes!

Review by: Richard Wolak

YALETOWN DISTILERY KITCHEN & BAR

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1131 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 669-2255

Web: http://www.mjg.ca/yaletown-distillery/

Twitter: @YTdistilling

Advice: The distillery is in the back of the lounge, dining room with cool communal table is on the restaurant side.

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The open kitchen provides for a great view in to watch the chefs at play, and the long communal table is the star of this warmly decorated room where I sat for my solo dinner. Above the communal table are the most unique light fixtures which look like salad straining bowls, a very cool and unique touch.

Fried Provolone Cheese

Fried Provolone Cheese

Baked Cornetti peppers

Baked Cornetti peppers

Veal Scaloppini

Veal Scaloppini

Started off with the Fried Provolone Cheese ($9.95) in a delicious marinara sauce with balsamic onions, olive oil and balsamic and cherry tomatoes; next I tried the Baked Cornetti Peppers ($11.95), stuffed with sausage, pinenuts & raisins. I then indulged in the Veal Scaloppini ($22.95), marsala wine sauce with mushrooms and spaghetti pomodoro so good, so big!

Olive Oil Gelato

Olive Oil Gelato

Cannoli’s

Cannoli’s

For dessert, why have one when you can have two and both of these looked so good. First the outstanding, house-made Olive Oil Gelato ($3) drizzled with olive oil; followed by the Cannoli’s ($3) ricotta filled to end my meal.

The vast menu offers a large selection of starters, flatbreads, pastas, salads, sandwiches and mains. I am looking to return soon to try their weekend brunch.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LOS CUERVOS TAQUERIA AND CANTINA

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603 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-1518

Web: www.loscuevos.ca

Twitter: @LosCuervosTacos

Advice: A great place to go with friends or go solo and sit at the bar.

Tinga De Pollo Tostada

Tinga De Pollo Tostada

Canaron Taco & Chayote Taco

Canaron Taco & Chayote Taco

It’s bright, colourful and energetic, this taqueria and cantina has everything you would want in this neighborhood. As I was exploring the neighborhood recently, this was a spot that many suggested I visit, that I did, going in solo. I had the Tinga De Pollo Tostada ($5) warm pulled chicken, chipotle-tomato sauce, green onion, lettuce and crema; the Canaron Taco ($4) lightly battered prawns, guacamole, tamarind sauce, pico de gallo, flour tortilla; along with the Chayote Taco ($3.75) with Chayote with black beans, sweet corn puree and crispy hominy of which that were delicious and full of latin flavours.

I loved the open kitchen where I could watch the chefs in action, the servers are friendly and fun making for a memorable experience. There were a few bottles of home-made salsas on each of the tables for use at your discretion, whether you like it mild, hot or hotter. You will also find a good cocktail list with Tequila, Mezcal and more!

This is one of those wonderful finds, which I hope decide to offer a weekend brunch!

Review By: Richard Wolak

BAMBUDDA

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99 Powell Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-0301

Web: http://bambudda.ca/

Twitter: @Bambuddagastown

Advice: Bring a friend or two and share dishes. Reservations suggested.

Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter

Wood Ear

Wood Ear

Law Bak Go

Law Bak Go

Hot Water & Lemon

Hot Water & Lemon

The Cabin

The Cabin

With the abundant variety of restaurants featuring Chinese cuisine around the city, this eatery goes the modern route with a twist on the traditional in their focus on Modern Chinese. Chef Scott Korzack is creative and inventive in his approach with ingredients and flavours. I had dined previously on some snacks, this time around my friend Websturr joined me on a wonderful culinary journey. Started off with their house-baked Bread and Butter ($4) Ginseng honey; followed by the Wood Ear ($4) Wood ear mushrooms, ginger scallion, sesame oil and the outstanding Law Bak Go ($9) radish cake, smoked brisket, chili oil. Their bartenders are equally inventive with their line-up of cocktails, Bartender Buck Friend has created quite the cocktail list, I loved the Hot Water & Lemon ($12) Hendricks gin, homemade limoncello, ginger and rose tea and Websturr had The Cabin ($11) smokey lapsang infused brandy, cream and egg.

BBQ Pork Buns

BBQ Pork Buns

Grilled Octopus

Grilled Octopus

The Steelhead

The Steelhead

Lamb

Lamb

Eggplant

Eggplant

Next was the BBQ Pork Buns ($9) pulled pork in Chinese bbq sauce, seared buns and pickles and you get 2 of these buns in an order; the Grilled Octopus ($14) potatoes, salted duck yolk mayo, celtuce followed. The Steelhead ($19) house-made X.O. sauce, turnip, mizuna was a memorable standout dish with subtle flavours and a hint of heat from the X.O. sauce. As we were relishing through the dishes, the next two were outstanding yet again, so happy that I took fellow writer Nikki Bayley’s nod and ordered the Lamb ($16) Five grains, leek, cauliflower which was full of varying textures and flavours; I then added a side order of the Eggplant ($7) black tea, with popped grains and again wonderful textures and full of flavour.

Squash Cake

Squash Cake

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

Ginger Parfait

Ginger Parfait

My culinary journey or any meal in fact is never complete without dessert and we were so excited to try Scott’s desserts. He a chef who is not a pastry chef, has continued his flair of using textures and great flavours from the savouries to sweet. My favourite of all of them and we tried them all was the outstanding Squash Cake ($8) with apples, walnuts, dulcey cremeux, and osmanthus textures, flavours, WOW! My 2nd favourite was the delicious Rice Pudding ($8) served warm, it was light and refreshing with notes of citrus, Chrysanthemum, sesame & mandarin, huge wow factor in flavours and textures! Lastly we shared the Ginger Parfait ($8) White chocolate, and candied kumquat. This is a chef you are going to want to keep an eye on and it’s a restaurant you best get in to visit soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

FAMOSO NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA

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1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-251-2292

Web: http://www.famoso.ca/locations/bc_commercial_drive.php

Twitter: @FamosoPizzeria

Advice: Gluten-Free crust available. Offers a $6 movie Tuesday special.

Funghi Pizza

Funghi Pizza

Moo Shu Bbq Duck Pizza

Moo Shu Bbq Duck Pizza

Sweet Bbq Chicken Pizza

Sweet Bbq Chicken Pizza

Oh my pizza pie, that’s my motto these days as my pizza hunt continues, it is an ongoing adventure, tasting pie after pie. At Famoso they offer more of a unique approach to ordering a pizza, you go up to the counter and place your order then a server delivers it to the table, this is a process that seems to work perfectly at this popular eatery on the drive. Specializing in the Neapolitan Pizza style, they have both the classics as well as a selection of New World Pizzas. I have indulged in a few on recent visits. I loved the Funghi Pizza ($14.75) topped with parmesan crema, fior di latte, roasted white mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, caramelized onions, white truffle oil and pecorino romano; I also enjoyed a taste of the Cavoletti Pizza ($15.25) topped with oven roasted brussels sprouts, prosciutto crisps, gorgonzola cheese, dates, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. For something unique and different, I had the Moo Shu Bbq Duck Pizza ($15.75) topped with house-made hoisin sauce, fior di latte, pulled duck, green onions and chopped cilantro and wished it was also topped with peanuts to give it some crunch. Lastly I had the Sweet Bbq Chicken Pizza ($14.75) topped with honey smoked Bbq sauce, fior di latte, roasted chicken, smoked mozzarella, diced tomatoes, red onions and cilantro.

The menu is fairly large, you’ll find a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas as well as sandwiches and desserts. You will also find beer on tap, wine and cocktails! I am looking forward to visiting again for dessert as I want to try their Nutella Pizza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

HAROLD’S BISTRO & BAR

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7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Tel: (604) 233-3968

Web: http://www.sheratonvancouverairport.com/harolds-bistro

Twitter: @HaroldsBistro

Advice: Located inside of the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Lobster & Shrimp Rolls

Lobster & Shrimp Rolls

Slider Trio

Slider Trio

New York Steak

New York Steak

Miso-marinated Alaskan Black Cod & Chicken Lo Mein

Miso-marinated Alaskan Black Cod & Chicken Lo Mein

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

A few years ago I had an opportunity to meat Harold Cross whom Harold’s Bistro is named, recently I was back for lunch at this popular spot to share some dishes with a friend. Of course like any restaurant in a hotel they are there to serve guests needs from morning to night, here it is all about the locals as well. We started off with their Lobster & Shrimp Rolls – Lobster, shrimp, taro root, carrot and shiitake mushrooms with mango relish & coulis. Next we each indulged in our own Slider Trio (Vietnamese Chicken Burger, Crab Cake Burger, Specialty Burger) I loved the flavours of the Vietnamese Chicken Burger and the meatiness of the Crab Cake burger. The New York Steak was 8 oz Angus beef served with asparagus, crispy onions, peppercorn jus, mashed potatoes, we then shared some of their delicious Miso-marinated Alaskan Black Cod with cilantro coconut sauce along with the Chicken and shrimp Lo Mein. Lastly we shared the outstanding and rich Bread Pudding in a vanilla caramel sauce which is made with croissants, it’s heavenly and worth 2 people sharing with forks in hand.

You will find memorabilia of Harold’s life adorning the walls, and you may also find Harold who still visits to eat daily and at 94 he is probably the best person to give you a run-down of the menu! I’m looking forward to revisiting soon for brunch.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LOCUS RESTAURANT

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4121 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-708-4121

Web: http://www.locusonmain.com/

Twitter: @locusonmain

Advice: Try to snag a seat near the tree.

 Roasted Parsnip and Chestnut Puree

Roasted Parsnip and Chestnut Puree

Arugula-Sweet Potato Salad

Arugula-Sweet Potato Salad

 Steelhead Salmon

Steelhead Salmon

Sesame crusted and seared rare Yellowfin Tuna

Sesame crusted and seared rare Yellowfin Tuna

Apple Blueberry Crumble a la mode

Apple Blueberry Crumble a la mode

Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake

Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake

Known for their unique décor, this popular neighborhood eatery added a new menu focus as well as an update to the decor and layout of the room recently adding a sleek bar, opening up the kitchen, making it all more inviting. I visited for the first time in years last week, having the delicious Roasted Parsnip and Chestnut Puree ($8) with crispy sage while my friend Jason enjoyed the Arugula-Sweet Potato Salad ($9) with roasted sweet potato, spiced pecans, goat cheese and arugula with maple-ginger vinaigrette. I then had the Steelhead Salmon ($22) with Dungeness crab and sesame fried rice, wasabi-lime vinaigrette and baby shrimp relish; while Jason enjoyed the Sesame crusted and seared rare Yellowfin Tuna ($20) with quinoa-crab meat pot stickers, chili-lime vinaigrette and seasonal vegetables which is a feature of the night. Even though the restaurant doesn’t make their desserts in house, (they are from Sweet E’s in Vancouver) we both decided to give it a whirl. I had the Apple Blueberry Crumble a la mode ($8) as listed on the menu except there were no berries to be found, while Jason had the Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake ($8).

I had a look at all of their menus and brunch is the one that stoodout with dishes like the French Toast Roulade and the Pulled Duck Hash those are dishes I would like to try!

Review by: Richard Wolak

THE STABLE HOUSE BISTRO

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1520 West 13th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-736-1520

Web: http://thestablehouse.ca/

Twitter: @TheStableHouse

Advice: Reservations suggested for parties over 6.

Duck Rillette and Smoked Salmon Pate

Duck Rillette and Smoked Salmon Pate

Mushroom & Gruyere Tart

Mushroom & Gruyere Tart

Beer Braised Pulled Pork Tart

Beer Braised Pulled Pork Tart

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

A warm and inviting neighborhood bistro with a cozy dining area and a well-appointed bar for sipping and mingling. I loved the cork walls and ceiling in the dining room, and the copper rooftop tiles over the bar, the lighting fixtures also unique and radiant. My friends Webstur and Tim joined me to share some dishes, we started out with the outstanding Duck Rillette and Smoked Salmon Pate ($14) served with crostini. Next was the delicious Mushroom & Gruyere Tart ($14) served on a light flaky pastry with the outstanding Fish & Leek Chowder topped with a herb crostini; along with a very good Beer Braised Pulled Pork Tart ($16) served on a light flaky pastry with the outstanding Fish & Leek Chowder (you have a choice of soup or salad with the savoury tarts). For dessert I had a miniature version of the outstanding Chocolate Mousse ($5) to round out the wonderful meal of delicious food, fine service and a great ambiance.

You will find a selection of snacks, soup, salads, meat & cheese charcuterie as well as their notable tarts and desserts, as well as a nice list of cocktails and wines. This is your new go to spot before or after a play at the nearby Stanley Theatre or during an afternoon shopping in the neighborhood.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BISTRO WAGON ROUGE

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1869 Powell St., Vancouver

Tel: 604 251 4070

Web: https://www.facebook.com/BistroWagonRouge

Twitter: @WagonRouge_

Advice: If you are dining solo, the bar is your best bet. No reservations.

Salt Cod Tartine

Salt Cod Tartine

Lamb Bacon Tartine

Lamb Bacon Tartine

Beef Cheek Bourguignon

Beef Cheek Bourguignon

Brown Butter Almond Financier

Brown Butter Almond Financier

I love discovering eateries that are hidden and notable in one way or another, chef-owner Brad Miller is one of those chefs who knows how to create the ultimate cozy dining experience. He has returned to his roots so to speak with this new French bistro that has outstanding food, service and is all around charming. They have 2 different blackboards of specials nightly, a very comfy bar and a do it yourself absynthe at the bar for your cocktails, nice touch. I had a couple of the special Tartines to start, the delicious Salt Cod Tartine ($2.50) and the Lamb Bacon Tartine ($2.50) topped with a delicious tomato chutney! I then had the outstanding and rich Beef Cheek Bourguignon ($19) with house made bacon, gnocchi, mushrooms, pearl onions & carrots. Lastly it was hard to choose from the dessert selection which all sounded so good, I went with the outstanding Brown Butter Almond Financier ($6) with pear compote and milk foam.

Get there soon before the lineup is down the block, next time I am going to try the Cassoulet and the Butterscotch Pot de Crème!

Review by: Richard Wolak

THE LITTLE DISTRICT

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1336 Lonsdale, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-2776

Web: http://www.thelittledistrict.com/

Twitter: @LittleLonsdale

Advice: Reservations needed for large parties.

The ‘Little’ as this new spot in upper Lonsdale is known is far from a little bit of it’s sibling restaurant in lower Lonsdale. It boasts an exuberant energy as well as blues music in the background. The room is long and narrow, the space is well thought out, cool light fixtures and light bulbs, white tiled walls, with patios out back and in front, a bar that’s spaced and situated perfectly as well as a little kitchen as you enter where you can see the chef’s team from the front window.

Cod Fritters

Cod Fritters

Cod Fish Tacos

Cod Fish Tacos

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

Had dinner with a friend and shared some dishes, started off with the very good Cod Fritters ($12) prawns, cod and corn battered served in a cone, also had the Cod Fish Tacos ($12) battered cod, red apple slaw, topped with a Spanish paprika mayo. Next was outstanding Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese ($9) a rich, thick tomato bisque.

The Fourteen Buck Chuck

The Fourteen Buck Chuck

Cod Po’Boy

Cod Po’Boy

Deep Fried Cranberry Apple Pie

Deep Fried Cranberry Apple Pie

The Fourteen Buck Chuck ($14) was outstanding with a juicy beef party, shredded lettuce, great sauces and a very good bun! We also shared the Cod Po’Boy ($12) served with a large pile of really good fries. For dessert, we went with their only offering, the delicious Deep Fried Cranberry Apple Pie with vanilla anglais.

Review by: Richard Wolak

VINOTECA CAFFE & TRATTORIA

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3468 W Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8466

Web: www.vinotecacaffe.com

Twitter:@VinotecaCaffe

Advice: $2 wine tasters on Tuesdays.

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Café by day and restaurant by night, the room is a stunner with its stylish design, in the rear is the wine bar with a nice wine on tap system, up front is the café with its espresso machine, the open kitchen falls in the centre where diners can view the chefs cooking. This is a neighborhood go to spot for both day and night, situated on the Western edge of Kitsilano.

Honey Spiced Pecans

Honey Spiced Pecans

Baked Goat Cheese

Baked Goat Cheese

Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala

I had the warmed Honey Spiced Pecans ($7) for a snack to start, with a glass of the Nichol 9 Mile Red. Next was the Baked Goat Cheese ($11.50) with smoked olives, grilled artichokes, red pepper purée & sundried tomato pesto; followed by the rich very good Veal Marsala ($23) with smoked Yukon mash, bacon druxelle, and mushroom jus!

You’ll find a good selection of antipasti to pair with a good selection of changing wines on tap. Grab a friend and give it a whirl.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CUCHILLO

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261 Powell St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-7585

Web: http://www.cuchillo.ca/

Twitter: @CuchilloYVR

Advice: Bring a friend or two and share dishes. Reservations suggested.

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Off the beaten track, hidden away in Railtown is a gem that is already packed most nights with diners yearning for Latin American cuisine, personally I love the range of flavours and spices merging  from the Latin American cultures. Chef Stu Irving loves creating dishes that are latin inspired offering diners flavours and an adventure. His former restaurant Cobre guided our palates and now his new restaurant with partner John Cooper takes us on another exciting culinary journey.

Chipotle y Sea Salt Dusted Fry Bread

Chipotle y Sea Salt Dusted Fry Bread

 Local Albacore Tuna y Pipian Rojo

Local Albacore Tuna y Pipian Rojo

Corn Bread Azul

Corn Bread Azul

I have been in twice for dinner over the past month; I loved the Chipotle y Sea Salt Dusted Fry Bread ($6) which bodes well for sharing. The Local Albacore Tuna y Pipian Rojo ($13) with Peruvian double smoked bacon causa was superb, as was the Corn Bread Azul ($7) with Guajillo chili butter which gave it a nice heat kick.

Mole Lamb Albondigas

Mole Lamb Albondigas

Bison Ribeye Broil

Bison Ribeye Broil

Dulce de Leche with Churros

Dulce de Leche with Churros

The outstanding Mole Lamb Albondigas ($8) sardo parmesan browned are topped with garlic popcorn. Another outstanding dish was the Bison Ribeye Broil ($21) walnut manchego tostadas, topped with green apple chimichurri and valdeon cauliflower mash, the dessert menu boasts only one but divine creation, the outstanding rich Dulce de Leche ($8) with Churros.

The wine list is made up of wine from BC, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina to marry the flavours of Latin America, Spain and the local ingredients found in our region. The cocktails list is creative as well and you will find an extensive range of tequila and mezcal. The servers are knowledgeable on the food and drink offerings, leave it to them to be your guide.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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