LOCALS PICK THEIR FAVE BITES
ANCHOVIES AND EGGS
At one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed new restaurants, a duo of perfectly boiled eggs arrive with their yolks still blissfully creamy, each one halved and topped with a single white anchovy. The delicate, briny pop of trout roe is a counterpoint to rich, spicy mayo. Ethereal in its simplicity. Ask for Luigi 305 Alexander St., Chinatown, 604-4282544. Askforluigi.com
KOREAN RICE BURGERS
They aren’t yet a K-pop-level threat to the Golden Arches, but the main attraction at this cool family-run hole-in-the-wall—a choice of meat (our favourite is spicy pork, but do try chicken or Spam!) and veggies sandwiched between seaweed-studded rice “buns”—is addictive and, at $6 or less, substantial value. Add kimchi, cheese, avocado, or a fried egg for just 50 cents each.
Kobob Burger 1019 Main St., South Main, 604-569-3939. Facebook.com/kobob.burger
Those who love heavily peated whisky have few cocktails to choose from that do the spirit justice. This concoction marries it with Fernet-Branca, maraschino liqueur, and cherry bitters—all of which beautifully complement the star ingredient’s lawn-evoking headiness. Boulevard 845 Burrard St., Downtown, 604-642-2900. Boulevardvancouver.ca
A classic Korean dish: delicate buckwheat noodles served in an icy, clear beef broth sweetened with Asian pear and topped with cucumber, pickled radish, a thin slice of brisket, and a hard-boiled egg. Add a dab of hot mustard for a refreshing yet nourishing meal.
Royal Seoul House 1215 W. Broadway, South Granville, 604-7399001. Royalseoulhouse.com
BLUEBERRY BALSAMIC ICE CREAM
Among the city’s talented purveyors of frozen treats, Rain or Shine makes Philadelphia-style (no egg) magic from a rich cream base and eclectic flavours. Four-hour-reduced vinegar plus organic blueberries and sugar (16 percent fat allows for less sweetening in the churning) yield fruity, tannic perfection.
Rain or Shine 1926 W. Fourth Ave., Kitsilano, 604-428-7246. Rainorshineicecream.com
TONKOTSU BLACK RAMEN
Your next ramen craving has met its match. Rich pork broth, nori, a seasoned egg, garlic chips, black garlic oil, shiitake, and fried onions combine to warm the soul—even when the rain is falling sideways. Jinya Ramen Bar 270 Robson St., Yaletown, 604-5689711. Jinya-ramenbar.com
Who would have thought this could work? Deep-fried avocado wedges, firm yet creamy, with a crispy coating and served with zesty made-from-scratch ketchup. A healthy (we like to think) taste sensation that easily trumps French fries by a country mile.
Heirloom Vegetarian 1509 W. 12th Ave., South Granville, 604-7332231. Heirloomrestaurant.ca
The short-rib fricassee has been a favourite since day one at perennially slammed Café Medina. Recently the brunch mecca added a vegetarian version that substi-
tutes meat with deeply flavourful sherry-roasted mushrooms. Some committed carnivores have judged it superior. Café Medina 780 Richards St., Gastown, 604879-3114. Medinacafe.com
GRILLED THAI SAUSAGE AND CRISPY RICE SALAD
Chef Angus An’s signature riff on traditional Thai yam naem khao tod. The house-fermented sausage, redolent of garlic and chilies, is tossed with cilantro, lemongrass, fried shallots, and crunchy curried rice puffs, delivering incredible depth of flavour and off-the-charts umami. Maenam 1938 W. Fourth Ave., Kitsilano, 604-730-5579. Maenam.ca
Mocha? Oh, come on—you can do so much better than that. Plump instead for this decadent confection with a base of house-made caramel sauce, and watch as you rise in the sophistication stakes.
49th Parallel Various locations. 49thparallelroasters.com
CHINESE HONEY BBQ PORK
The lineups out the door are a testament that the char siu here is widely considered the best in Metro Vancouver. The perfect marriage of chin-dripping juiciness, savouriness, and sweetness. Insiders ask for half fat/half lean, with extra roasted burnt ends.
HK Master BBQ 4651 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, 604-272-6568
We’ve long been at a loss as to how we might describe the diminutive Shishinori, tucked beneath the Home Depot near the bustling Cambie/Broadway intersection. Its wildly inventive pan-Asian menu reaches its peak with this hilariously overappointed confection of matcha soft-serve, mochi balls, fruit, Pocky, and oh-so-much more. Shishinori 2328 Cambie St., South Cambie, 778-737-1981
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