Best Savoury Dishes of 2021

I have eaten a lot of dishes inside and outside Vancouver restaurants 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 2021 at restaurants that are still open to this day.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

Roasted Coho Salmon

Loved the Roasted Coho Salmon with Bulgur and Barberries, the coho salmon was crusted with sesame, served on a bed of preserved lemon and dill sauce served with a side of warm bulgur and barberries; it was flavourful and memorable.

Delara Restaurant is located at 2272 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver. Follow them on instagram @delararestaurant

Lamb Gnocchi

Braised Lamb Gnocchi, a creative and delicious dish by Chef Will Lew with heirloom winter squash from the Versante Hotel owner’s farm on Cortez Island, along with whipped mascarpone, charred shallots, sunchoke chips and mint gremolata.

Bruno is located on the main level of the Versante Hotel at 8499 Bridgeport Rd in Richmond, BC. You can follow the restaurant on Instagram @bruno.yvr


A delicious French classic vegetarian dish, mushrooms in puff pastry, by Chef Albert Tran, wow.

Alouette Restaurant is located at 567 Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver, and you can follow them on instagram @alouetteyvr

Stuffed Eggplant

with tomato rice pilaf in a roasted red pepper sauce served with grilled Turkish bread by Chef Derek Ingram; outstanding flavours all around.

Elma is located at 994 Lakeshore Dr W in Penticton, Follow them on instagram @eatatelma

Roasted Carrots

This was a stunner, locally grown carrots and a few different varieties this is the Roasted Carrots with a delicious roasted carrot purée, chive, breadcrumbs dish by Chef Stuart Ehrecke.

Fiore is located at 1485 W 12th Ave in Vancouver. Follow them on instagram @fioreyvr

Potato Gnocchi

Potato gnocchi with first of the season Klippers Organic tomatoes that were picked from the farm that day, whipped ricotta; you could just taste the freshness of the tomatoes that were grown metres away from the restaurant.

Row Fourteen at Klippers Organics is located at 725 MacKenzie Rd in Cawston. Follow them on instagram @rowfourteen

Poached Halibut

What a stunning dish! Poached halibut with artichoke barigoule and a preserved tomato broth by chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson.

Published on Main is located at 3593 Main Street in Vancouver. Follow them on instagram @published.on.main

Caciopepe Pizza

with a Cream Sauce base, Fior di Latte, Pecorino Romano, Black Pepper, EVO, Maldon flaked Salt and it’s incredible.

L’onore Pizza is located at 28 E. Royal Ave in New Westminster. Follow them on Instagram @lonore_pizza

Yellow Curry Prawn Chowder

with crispy shallots, lime cream, chili oil, coconut, lemongrass, and house made grilled sourdough a delicious and beautiful chowder recipe created by chef Jesse Hochhausen.

Showcase Restaurant and Bar is located at 1122 West Hastings in downtown Vancouver. Follow them on instagram @showcaserestaurant

Eggplant Cappellacci

The sun’s shining glow on the outstanding Eggplant cappellacci stuffed with eggplant and scamorza cheese in a tomato sauce by chef Greg Dilabio.

Oca Pastificio is located at 1260 Commercial Dr in Vancouver. Follow them on Instagram @ocapastificio

Puglia Burrata

Beautiful Puglia Burrata dish with basil pesto, and marcona start our delicious dinner at this Italian gem in Fraserhood.

Osteria Savio Volpe is located 615 Kingsway in the Fraserhood neighborhood in Vancouver. Follow them on instagram @savio_volpe


Triangle shaped Afghani flatbread stuffed with potato and spices, served with chutneys and one of my favourite dishes of the dinner.

ZARAK by Afghan Kitcheis located at 2102 Main Street in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, follow them on instagram @zarakvancouver 

For more of my best savoury dishes, see last years list for 2020.

By: Richard Wolak

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