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LEFT BANK

Dining room

751 Denman Street, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 687-1418

Web: http://www.leftbankvancouver.com/

Twitter: @LeftBankVan

Advice: Reservations suggested

Crispy Crab Roll

Crispy Crab Roll

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon

5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura

5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura

Roasted Lamb Tagine

Roasted Lamb Tagine

Tempura Green Beens

Tempura Green Beens

Truffle Frites

Truffle Frites

Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake

Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake

Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream

Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream

The bright room with red banquette seating and a marble top bar is a showcase for modern French bistro fare with a hint of North African flavours. Proprietor John Blakely and his creative Executive Chef Spencer Watts has turned this room into a charmer. I’ve dined a few times having tried many dishes including the Crispy Crab Roll, a beautiful presentation! Loved the Sockeye Salmon with summer peas, lyonnaise potto, and lemongrass cream an outstanding dish; also loved the 5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura du puy lentil cassoulet, wilted green and orange vinaigrette; followed by the delicious Roasted Lamb Tagine with date couscous, tomato ragù, raita, a melding of Moroccan and Indian flavours! A couple snacks served during the meal were the tasty Black Sesame Pomme Frites with Lemongrass mayo and the Tempura Haricot Vert with fireweed honey & grain mustard emulsion. For dessert after dinner, the Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake and the Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream were both divine.

Duck Confit Crepe

Duck Confit Crepe

Maple Custard

Maple Custard

On another visit for brunch, I had the delicious and unique Duck Confit Crepe, along with the outstanding Maple Custard with cinnamon puffs, apple sorbet, almond praline.

This is a great spot for eats, drinks and a wonderful ambience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ MEDINA

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780 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604 879 3114

Web: www.medinacafe.com

Twitter: @CafeMedina

Advice: No reservations.Expect long line-ups on weekends.

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Known as the breakfast spot for years, Medina moved a few blocks over to a larger space, adding known Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek. His menu focus is southeastern Mediterranean and North African flavours with a bit of Spanish influence. The room features high ceilings and large, street-facing windows that allow for plenty of natural light. On my first visit I sat at the cocktail bar and on the second visit at the coffee bar, both great spots for the solo diner.

Blistered wood stone Flatbread and Mascarpone & black pepper honey

Blistered wood stone Flatbread and Mascarpone & black pepper honey

Poisson Lem Marrakech

Poisson Lem Marrakech

Harissa Pain Plat

Harissa Pain Plat

Espresso

Espresso

I have fallen in love with his menu, as most of the menu boasts the egg, those people who aren’t egg lovers like me are well taken care of here as the avocado can often be a great substitute. I have visited a couple of times during lunch, had the delicious Blistered wood stone Flatbread ($4) with the yummy Mascarpone & black pepper honey ($5) that is the perfect combo. I have also had the Poisson Lem Marrakech ($17) Lem Marrakech-cured wild salmon, sesame yoghurt, sprouted farro, greens and pisachios with avocado instead of the egg. On another visit I had the outstanding and unique Harissa Pain Plat ($17) a layered beef ‘burger’, grilled pita, Manchego, tomato salsa, spiced hummus & summer greens along with an Espresso.

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch thru to mid-afternoon daily, you will find a creative cocktail list, beer and wine rounding up the menu along with the full espresso beverage line-up with delicious coffee.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PORTUGESE CLUB OF VANCOUVER

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1144 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 251-2042

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

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Share dishes with friends.

Taking lead by one of my friends Avelino Santos who is from Portugal, Ali Hui and I all joined to explore some of the different dishes that originate in Portugal. This long standing restaurant has been around since 1977 when it first opened in this very same location. It is a popular spot for the Portugese men who want to watch a game, play some cards, have a drink and a meal.

Tomato & Onion Salad

Tomato & Onion Salad

Seafood Soup

Seafood Soup

Peri Peri Prawns

Peri Peri Prawns

Portugese Buns

Portugese Buns

Grilled Cod

Grilled Cod

Grilled Sardines

Grilled Sardines

Green Salad

Green Salad

Some of the dishes were shared and others were indulged solo. On the table Tomato & Onion Salad that I had on my own, Seafood Soup that Ali and Avelino had, Peri Peri Prawns, Portugese Buns, Grilled Cod with chickpeas and boiled potatoes and vegetables, Grilled Sardines and Salad that we all shared.

The portions are quite large and the menu is filled with seafood and meat dishes, this is a great spot to eat traditional Portugese dishes in the heart of the drive.

Review by: Richard Wolak

NOMAD

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3950 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-708-8525

Web: http://nomad-vancouver.ca/

Twitter: @nomad_vancouver

Advice: Reservations suggested.

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Imagination and passion is the driving force behind this new eatery and bar that is located in the heart of food haven Main Street. With a focus on making everything from scratch, Chef/owner Ryan Reed along with Chef/owner Scott Swanson, both long-time friends are passionate on creating dishes with top notch ingredients, working with local farmers and producers. Each plate has elements of colour, flavours and textures, and they designed their own kitchen with ease and flow in mind as well. Owner/partner Taylor Burnham runs the front of house and Owner/partner Matt van Dinther runs the bar, rounding up the 4 partners that are doing what they do best.

Sunchoke and Wild Mushroom Soup

Sunchoke and Wild Mushroom Soup

Fried Potato and Cheddar Perogies

Fried Potato and Cheddar Perogies

My friend Jason Tan joined me to share some dishes as we explored the seasonaly inspired menu. Started off with the delicious, vegetarian Sunchoke and Wild Mushroom Soup ($10); this was followed by the popular Fried Potato and Cheddar Perogies ($9) with crispy fried onions.

 Pakora

Pakora

Kabocha Squash Tart

Kabocha Squash Tart

As Jason is vegetarian, his pick was that we try the Pakora ($9) made with Chana flour, it was light and flavourful; the Kabocha Squash Tart ($16) with house made apple butter, charred onion, Papito gratin with in house grown micro greens was outstanding.

Lamb Cheeks

Lamb Cheeks

Hanging Tenderloin

Hanging Tenderloin

I then enjoyed the Lamb Cheeks ($22) Fenugreek Ricotta Gnocchi, Cauliflower; as well as the Hanging Tenderloin ($22) with parsnip Puree and vegetables, it was a very good dish!

Chocolate S'more

Chocolate S’more

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

For dessert we both shared the heavenly and delicious, Chocolate S’more ($8) dark chocolate ganache, Gragham crust, Italian meringue and mint leaf; followed by the Pumpkin Creme Brulee ($8) with a chai spiced cookie base – WOW!

This is a spot you are going to want to visit as the seasons change, watch for more creative dishes and cocktails to match.

Review by: Richard Wolak

ABODE RESTAURANT

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1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

Advice: Takes reservations.

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

A large an inviting room situated off of bustling Robson, the décor is inspired of mid-century design with warm tones of walnut and Calcutta marble, lots of banquets and communal tables throughout. There is a coffee bar for the morning, a bar area as well as the dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner thru late night. Chef Tannis Smith has retooled the menu offering many comforting classics with her unique spin. I visited for dinner on my own, having the Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers ($11) with a couple of tasty dips! To follow I had the Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry ($22) a light tomato based house made blend of ginger, garlic, cumin, jalapenos, cinnamon, a mix of smoked paprikas and spices. Served on Pomegranate dirty rice.

The all-day menu features a good selection of appetizers as well as salads, handhelds along with seafood and a selection of pasta dishes.  There is also an extensive brunch menu filled will sorts of dishes including Marilyn’s Omelet, Horizon Hash and Handle Your Scramble.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DEVILS ELBOW HOUSE

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562 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-0611

Web: www.devilselbowalehouse.com

Twitter: @DevilsElbow_

Advice: Sharing is the way to go here if dining with friends.

Cinco of Howe Sound Beer

Cinco of Howe Sound Beer

Enter a Barbq house that is brick walled throughout with reclaimed wood paneling, a beautiful wooden bar sporting 15 taps for the Howe Sound Brewing beers along with 5 guest taps for other local brew. My friend Rob Kemp joined me for some barbq eats and ale, where sharing was key. I started off with a cinco of Howe Sound Beer having 5 tasters, the Blueberry wheat ale, Devil’s Elbow India Pale Ale, Rail Ale but brown, Sky Pilot Northwest pale ale and Porthole Filler Imperial Stout; Rob lined up several of the beer tasters as well.

Housemade Kettle Chips

Housemade Kettle Chips

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

A feast of eats, we started with the outstanding and addictive Housemade Kettle Chips ($9) with a delicious mosque choux for dipping; then the House Smoked salt and pepper Chicken Wings ($13 gets you a dozen) ; then the Chopped Salad ($15) deconstructed with grilled romaine hearts, roma tomatoes, delicious smoked chicken and bacon, smokey house dressing which we had on the side.

 Trio of Meats platter

Trio of Meats platter

Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake

Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake

We then got the Trio of Meats platter ($39 for 2) we chose these 3 meats, my favourites were the delicious smoked brisket and tender beef ribs, followed by the pork back ribs, the huge platter was served with delicious baked beans, and coleslaw; the Smoked Chicken Sandwich ($16) was outstanding with smoked chicken, trio of smoked bell peppers, chipotle mayo, smoked bacon, romaine hearts! To finish off the feast, Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake ($8) in phyllo pastry, with vanilla ice cream was a game changer and one that we would order time and time again!

Review by: Richard Wolak

JAMJAR

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2280 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 252-3957

Web: www.jamjaronthedrive.com

Twitter: @Jamjarondrive

Advice: No reservations, sharing table for solo diners.

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Specializing in flavours of the Middle East, specifically with an emphasis in crafted Lebanese cuisine, Chef Bakhos leads the kitchen in this beautiful eatery on the drive. I loved the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at play, and watch them bake their Saj (Lebanese flatbread) on the domed Saj oven.

 Shish Tawouk plate

Shish Tawouk plate

I have dined here a couple times on my own in the past few weeks, on the 1st visit I had the Shish Tawouk plate with local Rossdown Farms chicken skewers accompanied by some of their delicious house-made Pomegranate Molasses, the plate was served with their Maple Chestnut Hummus, potatoes, brown rice, tabbouli along with some of their Saj bread.

Cauliflower Stew

Cauliflower Stew

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Lazzakiyat

Lazzakiyat

On my next visit I had the Cauliflower Stew served on a platter with brown rice, mjadra, Fatoush salad and Saj bread. This time around I saved room for dessert, and since I couldn’t decide on which of the two desserts I wanted to try, I then ordered both. The Chocolate Rice Pudding was divine made with 70% chocolate, milk and light arborio rice and its served in a glass jar. The other was the Lazzakiyat, delicious Saj style mini pancakes layered with tahini and halvah.

The cocktail list looks as creative as the food, with wonderful flavours and a creative chef at bay this eatery has not only captivated me, it’s also got us foodies talking and enjoying.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SHOWCASE RESTAURANT

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1122 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 639-4040

Web: http://www.showcaserestaurant.com/

Twitter: @Showcase_Van

Advice: Reservations suggested for dinner.

It’s been years since I had eaten here, recently renovated, the large spacious room has a wonderful warm inviting décor of wood paneling and comfy chairs.

Braised Short Rib and Parsnip Curry

Braised Short Rib and Parsnip Curry

 Salt Roasted Beets

Salt Roasted Beets

Smoked Steelhead

Smoked Steelhead

My friend Jordan Rogers joined me to share some dishes, started with the delicious Braised Short Rib and Parsnip Curry ($21) Indian influenced with house made masala curry paste, red wine braised short rib and fall vegetables. Served with Naan, mango chutney and raita. We then shared a couple of salads, including the Salt Roasted Beets ($9) with a delicious hazelnut Puree; along with the house Smoked Steelhead ($9) with rye crostini.

Cioppino

Cioppino

Lamb Duo

Lamb Duo

We then shared a couple of mains off their crafted feature menu, the Cioppino ($23) was outstanding with lingcod, salmon, mussels in a hearty tomato broth; as was the Lamb Duo ($23) with delicious potato pave and parsnip Puree.

German Chocolate Mousse Cake

German Chocolate Mousse Cake

Pear Crème Brulee

Pear Crème Brulee

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

My favourite dessert out of the three we shared, was the outstanding German Chocolate Mousse Cake ($8) with coconut, candied pecans and coconut ice cream! The other two were the Pear Crème Brulee ($8) with hazelnut tuile and compressed pears; and the Cheesecake ($8) with vanilla bretton, early grey ice cream, and liquid orange marmalade.

The all-day menu is filled with many of their popular casual dishes, they feature a special monthly changing crafted menu that features new dishes the chefs have created. I am looking forward to returning for the next seasonal craft menu to taste more dishes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SALIDA 7

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52 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604 569 3088

Web: http://www.salida7.ca/

Twitter: @salida7gastown

Advice:  Don’t go solo, best place to go with at least one or two friends and share some dishes.

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas

Pimientos Piquillo

Pimientos Piquillo

Vegetarian Baked Arros Banda Paella

Vegetarian Baked Arros Banda Paella

With a love for Spanish cuisine, there is a new spot hidden away in Gastown worth your discovery. The room has been brightened up from the former eatery, it’s warm and inviting, and the service is friendly and welcoming. My friend Vance Licaros joined me to share some dishes, we started off with a delicious bowl of their Patatas Bravas ($8) Catalan style cubed potatoes in a spicy pepper sauce and aioli, followed by the outstanding Pimientos Piquillo cod stuffed peppers ($12). We then shared the Vegetarian Baked Arros Banda Paella (for 2 people, $12.50 per person) with wild mushrooms, organic vegetables, pine nuts, and safron baked paella rice.

Crema Catalana Cremada

Crema Catalana Cremada

Peras al Vino Tinto y Chocolate Caliente

Peras al Vino Tinto y Chocolate Caliente

For dessert we shared two out of the four selections, the beautifully smooth Crema Catalana Cremada ($10) and the Peras al Vino Tinto y Chocolate Caliente (poached pear in red wine) with chocolate sauce ($12), both desserts were outstanding!

You’ll find a selection of fine Spanish wines as well as Cava to go along with the Spanish tapas, rice and pasta dishes, and you can dine late into the night.

Review By: Richard Wolak

CAVU KITCHEN BAR

5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-5001

Web: http://www.cavukitchenbar.com/

Twitter: @CAVUKitchenBar

Advice: Reservations suggested.

 

Nibbles to start

Nibbles to start

With a playful element, Chef Alex Hancock and his team has created an exciting menu filled with dishes that are married with wonderful flavours. I started off with some nibbles on a platter, loved the Carrot Hummus with naan bread for spreading, marinated mushrooms and mixed olives.

Portobello & Onion Melt

Portobello & Onion Melt

Yam Waffle Fries

Yam Waffle Fries

The Lobsta Burger

The Lobsta Burger

The Portobello & Onion Melt was delicious with a foraged Mushroom Puree, aged cheddar, Parmesan on focaccia; the Yam Waffle Fries were spiced served with a kimchi ketchup; and The Lobsta Burger was a stellar burger and makes a bold statement topped with an 8oz beef patty, Atlantic lobster, arugula, mayo and a herbed Mornay on a sesame bun served with house spiced cassava crisps.

Lamb Kofta

Lamb Kofta

Braised Shortrib Cavatappi

Braised Shortrib Cavatappi

Not your traditional Lamb Kofta was delicious, with lamb shank, lamb meatballs, peppers, carrot hummus, mint salad and a lamb jus; the Braised Shortrib Cavatappi was very good with foraged mushrooms, and a delicious tomato jam!

Goats Cheesecake, Pannacotta with blueberries and an outstanding Pumpkin Creme Brûlée.

Goats Cheesecake, Pannacotta with blueberries and an outstanding Pumpkin Creme Brûlée.

For dessert, I had a trio, the lovely Goats Cheesecake, Pannacotta with blueberries and an outstanding Pumpkin Creme Brûlée.

The dinner menu is filled with many exciting dishes, they also serve breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. I am looking forward to the seasonal changes with Chef Alex Hancock’s creativity at play and returning to taste more.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BESTIE

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105 East Pender, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-1175

Web: http://bestie.ca/

Twitter: @bestiewurst

Advice: No reservations, late night eats on Friday and Saturday til 1am.

Chinatown Ice Tea

Chinatown Ice Tea

 The Pretzel Board

The Pretzel Board

Pretzel Bread Puddin'

Pretzel Bread Puddin’

Known for their Currywurst this popular eatery features German street food in the heart of Chinatown, it’s a the merging of cultures that makes this eatery hum. In for an early dinner, I had the refreshing Chinatown Ice Tea ($2.50) followed by The Pretzel Board ($9) a large wooden board with a Pretzel, stinky cheesy sauce, a selection of mustards, farmers sausage, Chili smashed cucumber, pickled cabbage, gherkins and Chili onion jam. Then came the delicious dessert which was my original reason for visiting, Pretzel Bread Puddin’ ($5) with cinnamon, raisins, and dolce. De Leche sprinkled with Fleur de sel with a gentle squeeze of orange overtop!

You’ll find a cool room and a menu filled with sausages, fritten, and cheese fries to go along with beer on tap or by the bottle, wine on tap, soda pops, kombucha and ice tea. I can’t wait to return to try their Currywurst!

Review by: Richard Wolak

L’ABATTOIR

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217 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-1701

Web: www.labattoir.ca

Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN

Advice: Advance reservations suggested. Private dining room available for booking.

It’s all about the recipe that makes my experience one that is memorable, it’s also a testament to a long standing restaurant. The recipe for me is not only about wonderful food, it is also about good looking servers who excel at the service they provide as well as the ambience. I’ve been a fan of L’Abattoir since they opened, each dinner was one that was finished by dessert, it was the eye candy and the sweet ending that has made for memorable experiences. The restaurant has expanded recently adding a building behind the restaurant which has been outfitted with a new prep kitchen along with a multi-room set-up for private dining upstairs. With these new additions, they finally launched a weekday lunch service, and I dined along with my friend Rob Kemp who joined me.

Blueberry Ice Tea

Blueberry Ice Tea

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Steelhead

Green Salad

Green Salad

Halibut

Halibut

Beef Dip

Beef Dip

It was a beautiful late summer day, and I quenched my thirst with their Blueberry Ice Tea in a bottle, this cool presentation was a great start to lunch sitting at the bar. Jose is one of those servers that made my dining experience memorable. I had the Steelhead, fried potatoes, dill, horseradish to start, while Rob had the Green Salad, lettuce, vinaigrette, croutons. For our mains, I loved the Halibut with a capers grapes sauce, while Rob enjoyed his Beef Dip Tongue, salad, jus gras for dipping, thick cut fries.

Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee

Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee

Chocolate pot de crème.

Chocolate pot de crème.

As dessert is always a must for me when dining here, I enjoyed my sweet ending with a not so sweet, Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee while Rob indulged in the Chocolate pot de crème.

As always I can’t wait to return.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MEET ON MAIN

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4288 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 877-1292

Web: www.meetonmain.com

Twitter: @meetonmain

Advice: No reservations.

Steamed Kale

Steamed Kale

Sweet Chili Caulifkiwer

Sweet Chili Cauliflower

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters

 Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries

Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries

The Lovely

The Lovely

With a clever play on words, this new neighborhood eatery focusses on comfort food that is vegetarian and vegan forward. The room has an eclectic feel, the portions are large, and sharing is the way to go. My friend Jason Sanders just returned from travelling the globe and he joined me to share some dishes. Starting off with the Steamed Kale ($4.50) with a house-made cashew gravy, followed by the outstanding Sweet Chili Cauliflower ($8) beer battered with a tamarind chili glaze. Next we had the tasty Corn Fritters ($7.25) served with a spicy chipotle aioli dip, followed by  Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries ($8.50) topped with a house-made almond butter satay sauce and chipotle mayo with pickled onions in the mix. Lastly The Lovely ($12.50) a large and delicious bowl of almond nut satay sauce over brown rice, smoked tofu and veggies that included wilted spinach, broccoli, red pepper & toasted coconut. After this vegetarian feast we were stuffed with no room for dessert.

The menu is eclectic featuring handfuls, bowlfuls, six different types of fries done right, greenery and sweet things. The cocktails look as creative as the food, I am looking forward to returning for more another round of the Sweet Chili Cauliflower.

Review by: Richard Wolak

GYOZA BAR + RAMEN


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622 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-5563

Web: http://gyozabar.ca/

Twitter: @GyozaBarRamen

Advice: No Reservations, put your name on the list and come back for your table.

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Elevating the bar, Aburi Restaurants who own this restaurant went about creating a bit of a twist on the traditional gyoza and ramen while raising the bar above many of the more traditional restaurants offering these popular dishes. The room invokes an urban and rustic-elegant feel with its polished concrete, live edge maple, and BC pine beetle wood that complement the existing and timeless brick walls. Part of the kitchen is open to encourage guests to sit at the bar and see their food be prepared. A peek-a-boo window allows those interested to watch fresh ramen be prepared.

Orchard Fizz

Orchard Fizz

Miso Tofu Salad

Miso Tofu Salad

Teppan Gyoza

Teppan Gyoza

My friend Sheryl was visiting the city and she joined me for dinner, I started off with the refreshing Orchard Fizz non-alcohol Cocktail made with Yuzu-fig jam, apple juice and soda. We shared the delicious Miso Tofu Salad ($9.50), followed by their signature Teppan Gyoza ($8) an order of 7 (you can get a larger order as well) filled with Fraser Valley Pork served in a cast iron pan.

Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza

Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso

 Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt

The Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza ($12.50) crispy with feta, cherries, mushrooms, and zucchini, this preparation was outstanding and is the best gyoza I have had here yet.  I then had the Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso ($14) while Sheryl had the same Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt ($13.50), the version I went with was richer in flavour. The ramen noodles are handcrafted in-house using a special ramen-making machine and the broths are made from scratch with all-natural flavours and without any MSG.

Ricotta Crepe

Ricotta Crepe

Yuzu Komichi

Yuzu Komichi

For dessert we shared two of them, the Ricotta Crepe ($8) with yuzu-fig jam, and yogurt sorbet and Yuzu Komichi ($8) with cactus pear granita.

You will find sake on tap, along with cocktails, beer and wine. I can’t wait to return for more of the Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SIX ACRES

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203 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-488-0110

Web: http://sixacres.ca/

Twitter: @sixacres

Advice: On a nice day the patio is the place to be.

Four Winds Beer

Four Winds Beer

Mini Veggie Burgers

Mini Veggie Burgers

Pound O` Wings

Pound O` Wings

Every so often there is a restaurant that has been on my to try list forever, thankfully this popular Gastropub is still in the game. My friend Ami Sanyal and I dined on the patio which boasts one of the best people watching spots in the city. Catching up over a Four Winds Beer and some eats, I enjoyed their trio of Mini Veggie Burgers ($11) made with cauliflower & mushroom patty, aged cheddar, tomato, spinach, caramelized onion, aioli, house ketchup; while Ami had a Pound O` Wings ($12) house made with salt & pepper.

This is a great spot for food and drink in Gastown, housed in the Alhambra building, it is the oldest brick building in Vancouver. The drinks menu offers up a good selection of beer, wine and spirits. On the food side there are all sorts of dishes that complement the drinks list or vice versa depending on how you look at it. Several dishes caught my eye for future dinnerscapes and I’m looking forward to returning soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TACOFINO COMMISSARY

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2327 East Hastings, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-TACO

Web:   http://tacofino.com/

Twitter: @TacofinoCantina

Advice: Community sharing tables, so find a space and share your table.

 Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Tacos: Fish & Squash

Tacos: Fish & Squash

I have been a fan of their fish tacos ever since their food trucks hit the streets in Vancouver, soon after this restaurant opened. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve snuck in on occasion for some take-out. This time around my friend Sophia Cheng joined me for lunch and some delicious eats. We shared the Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole, then I had a couple of tacos ($6 each or 2 for $10), the Fish Taco with a crispy ling cod, cabbage, chipotle mayo, salsa fresca and the seasonal Summer Squash and Potato taco with leek, lacinato kale, cheddar, chili crema, and salsa fresca; Sophia had a Fish Taco as well along with a Pork Jowel taco and a Lime Slushi.

The lunch menu is fairly simple, the dinner menu takes it up a notch with offerings that include Queso and Corn Fritters, Chicken Karaage Tacos, and Tator Tots. There is also a wine, beer, cocktails and spirits on offer, most of all I am looking to return to try the Chocolate Diablo Cookies & Horchata Ice Cream Sandwich!

Review by: Richard Wolak

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

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