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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

GER­ARD COCK­TAIL

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

MUL NAENGMYUN

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

AVOCADO FRITES

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

FRICASSEE CHAMPIGNON

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

VENEZUELAN COF­FEE

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

MATCHA PAR­FAIT

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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