Go for Gold

Where Vancouver - - Dining -

Food­ies love all the deca­dent din­ing op­tions clus­tered in the “golden tri­an­gle” formed by Fraser Street, Kingsway and East 15th Av­enue. One tiny restau­rant and cock­tail bar has set the gold stan­dard since it opened two years ago: Crow­bar (pic­tured; page 90) boasts cham­pag­nebot­tle saber­ing, an ex­ten­sive list of lo­cal ciders, and cock­tails named af­ter ’90s movie char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Wal­ter Sobchak, Jules Win­n­field and Mal­lory Knox. On the plate, nose-to-tail dishes change con­stantly, depend­ing on both what’s in sea­son and the whims of the chef. And along the ex­posed-brick wall, quirky knick­knacks rub shoul­ders with an in­tox­i­cat­ing col­lec­tion of booze. Def­i­nitely a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. Other nearby restau­rants with the golden touch in­clude Savio Volpe (page 90) and Les Faux Bour­geois (page 90).

—Sheri Rad­ford

Brunch DE DUTCH PANNEKOEK HOUSE Smiles are as gen­er­ous as the por­tions. Dig into omelettes, scram­bles and thicker-than-crepes pan­nekoeken. $. B/L (daily). Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre West, 60-1055 Canada Place. 604-647-7530. X Map 1: B6 1-1725 Rob­son St. 604-6877065. X Map 1: A4 410 W. 2nd Ave. 604-569-0477. X Map 1: F6 3192 Oak St. 604-732-1915. www.de­dutch.com Map 4: E3

Re­gional: Up­scale LIFT BAR-GRILLVIEW Van­ish­ing glass walls re­veal spec­tac­u­lar views of the wa­ter and Stan­ley Park as you dine on the sig­na­ture West Coast plates. Other fea­tures in­clude an up­per-deck pa­tio and out­door fire­places. Satel­lite lo­ca­tion at YVR. $$$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 333 Men­chions Mews, off Bayshore Dr. 604-689-LIFT (5438). www.lift­barand­grill.com X Map 1: A4

Dessert UNO GELATO Award-win­ning treats by in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned gelato mae­stro James Co­leridge. Cre­ative sea­sonal flavours such as “Matcha Made in Heaven” are crafted us­ing lo­cal, or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. Ve­gan op­tions. $. Open daily. 601 Stamps Land­ing. Map 1: E5 2579 W. Broad­way. 604-733-5884. X Map 4: D3 Open­ing soon: 1055 Canada Pl. www.un­o­gelato.com Map 1: B6

Den­man & Stan­ley Park

Malaysian BA­NANA LEAF MALAYSIAN CUI­SINE Trop­i­cal decor sets the tone for Malaysian spe­cial­ties such as sam­bal tiger prawns, ro­tis and sa­tays. $$. L/D (daily). 1096 Den­man St. 604683-3333. Map 1: B3 1779 Rob­son St. 604-569-3363. Map 1: A4 1043 Davie St. 604-669-3389. Map 1: C4 820 W. Broad­way. 604-731-6333. Map 1: G5 3005 W. Broad­way. 604-734-3005. www.ba­nanaleaf-van­cou­ver.com Par­tial X Map 4: E3

Seafood THE BOATHOUSE RESTAU­RANT En­joy wa­ter­front views and fresh tastes from the sea in this ca­sual room with six lo­ca­tions. Menu in­cludes both surf and turf fare, such as black-pep­per scal­lops and cer­ti­fied An­gus sir­loin. $$$. L/D (daily). 1795 Beach Ave. 604-669-2225. Par­tial X Map 1: B3 1305 Ar­bu­tus St.

604-738-KITS (5487). X Map 1: D2 8331 River Rd., Rich­mond. 604-2737014. X Map 3: C3 14935 Ma­rine Dr., White Rock. 604-536-7320. www. boathouse­r­estau­rants.ca X Map 2: G5

Ital­ian CIAO BELLA ITAL­IANO RISTORANTE AND PI­ANO BAR Choose from 120 pasta com­bi­na­tions, or veal, chicken, seafood and veg­e­tar­ian dishes. Ele­gant decor; pi­ano bar; heated pa­tio. In­dulge in the three-course din­ner op­tion, or come for live mu­sic W-Su evenings. $$. L/D (daily). 703 Den­man St. 604-688-5771. www. ciao­bella­van­cou­ver.ca X Map 1: B3

Re­gional: Ca­sual PROSPECT POINT BAR & GRILL In the heart of Stan­ley Park, find pub fare and West Coast cui­sine served amid breath­tak­ing views from the glass-walled din­ing room or the heated pa­tio. Ocean Wise seafood such as grilled sal­mon and mus­sels pair well with BC wines and craft beer. Gift shop, cafe and sea­sonal ice cream counter, too. $$. L (daily). 5601 Stan­ley Park Dr. 604-669-2737. www.prospect­point.com X Map 5: B2

Ca­sual STAN­LEY’S BAR & GRILL Nes­tled in the trees in the charm­ing Stan­ley Park Pav­il­ion, this rus­tic eatery serves com­fort foods such as burg­ers and fish and chips, along with BC draft beers and VQA wines. Dine in­doors or take in the view on the large pa­tio. $$. L (daily). 610 Pipe­line Rd. 604-6023088. www.stan­ley­park­pavil­ion.com X Map 1: A3

Cafe/Bistro BEL café This mod­ern space houses de­li­cious bistro items pre­pared by cel­e­brated chef David Hawksworth and his team, in­clud­ing sand­wiches, but­tery crois­sants and del­i­cate mac­arons. Cof­fee, tea, wine and cock­tail lists. $-$$. B/L/D (daily). Rose­wood Ho­tel Ge­or­gia, 801 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-673-7000. X Map 1: C5 1780 W. 3rd Ave. 604-736-5812. www.bel­cafe.com X Map 1: E3

Re­gional: Ca­sual CAC­TUS CLUB CAFE Pa­tio, Where to Dine Awards 2018 and 2017. Best Chain, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2018 and 2017. Great vibe, mod decor and glob­ally in­spired dishes. Come for drinks or din­ner. $$. L/D (daily). 1085 Canada Place. 604-620-7410. X Map 1: B6 588 Bur­rard St. 604-682-0933. X Map 1: B5 1136 Rob­son St. 604687-3278. X Map 1: C5 357 Davie St. 604-685-8070. X Map 1: D5 1790 Beach Ave. 604-681-2582. X Map 1: B3 575 W. Broad­way. 604-714-6000. X Map 1: F6 1530 W. Broad­way. 604733-0434. www.cac­tus­club­cafe.com X Map 1: F3

In­dian COP­PER CHIM­NEY IN­DIAN GRILL & BAR Boasts an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of In­dian cui­sine with cre­ative West Coast in­flu­ences. Dishes may in­clude but­ter chicken, seafood salad and chili-lime tiger prawns. $$. B/D (daily), L (M-F). Ho­tel Le Soleil, 567 Hornby St. 604-689-8862. www.hotellesoleil.com X Map 1: B5

Re­gional: Up­scale FIVE SAILS RESTAU­RANT Sil­ver Ser­vice Award, Where to Dine Awards 2018. Award­win­ning cui­sine and spec­tac­u­lar views. Mod­ern con­ti­nen­tal clas­sics in­spired by Europe and the West Coast. $$$. D (daily). Pan Pa­cific Van­cou­ver, 999 Canada Place Way. 604-844-2855. www.five­sails.ca X Map 1: B6

Ja­panese GYU-KAKU JA­PANESE BBQ A fun, hands-on din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence where guests grill meat, seafood or veg­eta­bles right at their own ta­bles.

$$. L/D (daily). 888 Nel­son St. 604558-3885. X Map 1: C5 201-950 W. Broad­way. 604-558-3898. Par­tial X Map 1: F5 120-7971 Alder­bridge Way. 604-558-3837. www.gyu-kaku.com Map 3: C3

Re­gional: Up­scale HAWKSWORTH RESTAU­RANT Fine Din­ing, Where to Dine Awards 2018 and 2017. Best Up­scale, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2011-2017. Con­tem­po­rary cui­sine pre­pared with the fresh­est lo­cal and Cana­dian in­gre­di­ents avail­able. Boasts four dis­tinct din­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing a bar and lounge, and pri­vate rooms. $$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). Rose­wood Ho­tel Ge­or­gia, 801 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-673-7000. www.hawksworthrestau­rant.com X Map 1: C5

Pub LIONS PUB Cozy brass and dark-wood Bri­tish-style room fea­tures big screen TVs and serves tra­di­tional pub fare along with favourites such as fish and chips. Cre­ative cock­tails and beers on tap. Ad­di­tional pa­tio seat­ing. $-$$. L/D (daily). 888 W. Cor­dova St. 604-488-8602. www.li­on­spub.ca X Map 1: C6


MIKU RESTAU­RANT Ja­panese, Where to Dine Awards 2018. Sleek sushi eatery of­fers up in­no­va­tive and lo­cally sourced takes on beloved clas­sics such as sashimi and ni­giri. Spe­cial­ties in­clude flame­seared Aburi sushi. Well-cho­sen wines and sake, too. $$. L/D (daily). 200 Granville St. 604-568-3900. www.mikurestau­rant.com X Map 1: B6

Ca­sual MOOSE’S DOWN UN­DER Pub-style bar and grill serves ca­sual Aus­tralian and Cana­dian fare such as meat pies, burg­ers, steaks and sal­mon. All Aus­tralian hol­i­days are cel­e­brated, and TVs show ma­jor Aus­tralian sport­ing events. $-$$. B/L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 830 W. Pen­der St. in the base­ment. 604-683-3300. www.moos­es­dow­nun­der.com X Map 1: B6

Re­gional: Up­scale NOTCH8 RESTAU­RANT & BAR Ho­tel Din­ing, Where to Dine Awards 2018. Named for a train’s top speed, this ele­gant eatery is in­spired by the by­gone era of lux­ury rail travel. Com­fort food dishes with a West Coast twist in­clude of­fer­ings from the ro­tis­serie, Ocean Wise seafood and up­dated clas­sics such as oys­ters Rock­e­feller. Craft cock­tails cre­ated by in-house mixol­o­gist. Af­ter­noon tea W-Su, daily in sum­mer. $$-$$$. B/L/D (daily). Fair­mont Ho­tel Van­cou­ver, 900 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604662-1900. www.notch8-din­ing.com X Map 1: C5

Re­gional: Up­scale OCEANS 999 Boast­ing panoramic views of the har­bour and moun­tains, this ele­gant space of­fers a menu that high­lights lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and flavours. The Satur­day evening Ital­ian Opera Buf­fet and Sun­day Mar­ket Brunch are le­gendary. En­joy the views from the ex­pan­sive pa­tio. $$-$$$. B/L/D (daily). Pan Pa­cific Van­cou­ver, 999 Canada Place Way. 604-8952480. www.pan­paci­fic­van­cou­ver.com X Map 1: B5

Thai SALATHAI Trop­i­cal at­mos­phere with healthy cui­sine, in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian vari­a­tions. Try the Gaeng Ped Yang: roast duck sautéed in thick red curry, co­conut cream, ground peanuts and basil leaves. $$. L/D (daily). 102-888 Bur­rard St. 604-683-7999. www.salathai.ca X Map 1: C4

Ja­panese SHURAKU SAKE BAR & BISTRO This mod­ern room over­look­ing trendy Granville Street serves cre­ative Ja­panese cui­sine. Tapas-style plates for shar­ing, such as ten­der BBQ pork ribs or spe­cialty sushi rolls, are per­fect for pair­ing with sake from the ex­ten­sive list. $. L/D (daily). 833 Granville St. 604-687-6622. www.shuraku.net X Map 1: C5


TOP OF VAN­COU­VER RE­VOLV­ING RESTAU­RANT Views come with the menu at the top of Har­bour Cen­tre, which is 169 m (553 ft) above the city. The menu fea­tures steak, seafood and poul­try dishes, in­clud­ing Pa­cific sal­mon, fresh lob­ster and pan-seared duck. In­ter­na­tional wine se­lec­tion. $$$. L/D (daily). 555 W. Hast­ings St. 604-669-2220. www.topof­van­cou­ver.com Par­tial X map 1: B6


YEW SEAFOOD + BAR Boasts high ceil­ings and of­fers an ex­ten­sive sea­son­ally chang­ing seafood menu. Try the fresh shucked oys­ters paired with a hand­crafted cock­tail. $$-$$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (SaSu). Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Van­cou­ver, 791 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-692-4939. www.yewseafood.com X map 1: C5

eaST VaN­COU­VeR Re­gional: Ca­sual

CROW­BAR This cozy foodie haven is home to an ever-evolv­ing ros­ter of approachable of­fal dishes and el­e­vated veg­eta­bles. Ad­ven­tur­ous eaters dig into the deal­ers’ choice pasta, which is dif­fer­ent ev­ery time. Cre­ative cock­tails and an eclec­tic wine list, too. $-$$. L/D (MSa). 646 Kingsway. 604-336-2769. www.crow­bar­east­van.com map 4: E4


LES FAUX BOUR­GEOIS En­joy gourmet dishes such as ca­nard con­fit and por­to­bello mush­room par­men­tier, fol­lowed by a sweet serv­ing of milk choco­late mousse. $$. D (daily). 663 E. 15th Ave. 604-873-9733. www. les­fauxbour­geois.com X map 4: d4


PINK PEARL CHI­NESE SEAFOOD RESTAU­RANT This clas­sic Chi­nese restau­rant of­fers an easy-to-read menu with dozens of se­lec­tions: dim sum, live seafood in tanks, chicken, duck and other fare. Am­ple seats and free park­ing. $. B/L/D (daily). 1132 E. Hast­ings St. 604-253-4316. www.pink­pearl.com X map 2: d3


SAVIO VOLPE Ital­ian, Where to Dine Awards 2018. This “tav­ern of the wise fox” de­liv­ers rus­tic Ital­ian fare, served with lit­tle fuss but plenty of flavour. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents shine in hand­made pas­tas and dishes from the wood-fired oven, all meant to be en­joyed fam­ily-style. Wine list favours Ital­ian sips. $$. D (daily). 615 Kingsway. 604-428-0072. www.savio­volpe.com X map 4: d4

GAS­TOWN Euro­pean

BAUHAUS Euro­pean, Where to Dine Awards 2018. This award-win­ning restau­rant is known for its mod­ern take on Ger­man cui­sine and sea­sonal six-course tast­ing menu. Cut­ting-edge tech­niques and fresh flavours shine in dishes rang­ing from pork roast to schnitzel .$$$. L( F ), D( daily ). 1 W. Cor­dova St. 604-974-1147. www. bauhaus-restau­rant.com X map 1: C 7


CALABASH BISTRO Treat your­self to sweet sal­ads, sa­vory cur­ries and orig­i­nal cock­tails at this Caribbean joint host­ing weekly live reg­gae, hip-hop and funk per­for­mances. DJs on week­ends. $-$$. D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). 428 Car­rall St. 604-5685882. www.cal­abash­bistro.com X map 1: C7


THE DIAMOND AT MAPLE TREE SQUARE Over­look­ing Gas­town’s Gassy Jack statue, this restau­rant

evokes a Pro­hi­bi­tion-era feel. Serves a small se­lec­tion of full-flavoured, Latin-in­spired small plates with orig­i­nal cock­tails to match. $. D (daily). 6 Pow­ell St. 604-568-8272. www.di6­mond.com map 1: C7

Re­gional: Up­scale

L’ABAT­TOIR French-in­flu­enced West Coast fare is served in this rus­tic din­ing room, the site of Van­cou­ver’s first jail. Dishes may in­clude smoked duck breast with black­berry and cab­bage. Sip on cock­tails and in­dulge in deca­dent desserts at the bar. Pri­vate din­ing room avail­able. $$$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 217 Car­rall St. 604-568-1701. www.la­bat­toir.ca X map 1: C7


THE LAMPLIGHTER In Gas­town’s Do­min­ion Grand ho­tel since 1899, this event-driven bar is one of Van­cou­ver’s old­est venues. Live bands, trivia nights, bingo and more. DJs on week­ends. Sports events air on mul­ti­ple TVs. Also fea­tures a pool ta­ble and pin­ball ma­chines. $-$$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 92 Wa­ter St. 604-687-4424. www.don­nel­ly­group.ca X map 1: C7


MEET This wel­com­ing eatery of­fers a menu of ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian com­fort foods, in­clud­ing fries with cashew gravy, hous­esmoked burg­ers and mac ’n’ cheese. Wash it all down with lo­cal ve­gan wines and draft beers. Plenty of gluten-free op­tions. $. L/D (daily). 12 Wa­ter St. 604-668-3399. X map 1: C7 1165 Main­land St. 604-696-1165. X map 1: d5 4288 Main St. 604877-1292. www.eat­meet.ca Par­tial X map 4: E4


MOS­QUITO Fin­ish off the evening right, or skip din­ner and head straight here for beau­ti­ful desserts and cham­pagne. $-$$. Open late W-Su. 32 Wa­ter St. 604-398-3188. www.mosquitodessert.com map 1: C7


SITAR Spe­cial­ists since 1983 in meat and veg­e­tar­ian dishes of In­dia, such as tan­doori, vin­daloo, biriyani, korma and but­ter chicken, in a set­ting of hand­some wood and brick with a large win­dow over­look­ing the street. Drop in or re­serve. $$. L/D (daily). 8 Pow­ell St. 604-687-0049. www.sitar­restau­rant.net X map 1: C7


AFGHAN HORSE­MEN RESTAU­RANT Take off your shoes and lounge on cush­ions while be­ing served au­then­tic Afghan meals rang­ing from veg­e­tar­ian dishes to ten­der, mar­i­nated shish ke­babs. $$. D (daily). 1833 An­der­son St., 2nd floor. 604-873-5923. www.afghan­horse­men.com Par­tial X map 1: E3


BON MACARON PATIS­SERIE Freshly made mac­arons come in more than 50 tra­di­tional and in­no­va­tive flavours. Se­lec­tions change weekly, rang­ing from sweet maple caramel to savoury goat cheese and fig. Gluten­free, with dairy-free op­tions. $. Open daily. Granville Is­land Pub­lic Mar­ket, 545-1689 John­ston St. X map 6: B2 2823 W. Broad­way. 778-379-6065. www.bon­mac­aron­patis­serie.com X map 4: d3

Re­gional: Up­scale

DOCK­SIDE RESTAU­RANT The Granville Is­land Ho­tel’s lounge, bar, pa­tio and restau­rant each have a dis­tinc­tive flavour. The menu presents cre­ative fresh seafood dishes along­side well-ex­e­cuted

com­fort food. En­joy views of the city, wa­ter and moun­tains as well as a 15-m (50-ft) wrap­around aquar­ium. $$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (Su). 1253 John­ston St. 604-685-7070. www.dock­side­van­cou­ver.com X Map 6: B6


ED­I­BLE CANADA AT THE MAR­KET Full-ser­vice bistro cel­e­brates the best in BC and Cana­dian cui­sine, with fresh in­gre­di­ents and art­ful pre­sen­ta­tion. Take­out win­dow, pa­tio and demo kitchen. Also a re­tail space with artisanal foods and unique kitchen wares. Sign up for a culi­nary tour. $$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch

(Sa-Su). 1596 John­ston St. 604-6826681. www.ed­i­ble­canada.com X Map 6: B3


POPINA CAN­TEEN Healthy fast food by four of Van­cou­ver’s top chefs, served from a colour­ful ship­ping con­tainer’s take­out win­dows. Chow down on fresh seafood trays, gourmet sand­wiches, sal­ads and soft serve–stuffed cream puffs while en­joy­ing un­ob­structed views of False Creek. Wine, beer and bot­tled cock­tails, too. North of the Granville Is­land Pub­lic Mar­ket. 604-4287518. www.popinacan­teen.com X Map 6: B2


THE SAND­BAR Seafood restau­rant Fresh seafood at a Granville Is­land wa­ter­front lo­ca­tion with warm, lively din­ing rooms and a heated pa­tio. Con­tem­po­rary West Coast cui­sine: daily fresh sheet, live lob­ster and crab, sushi bar. Live mu­sic nightly. $$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1535 John­ston St. 604-669-9030. www.van­cou­ver­dine.com X Map 6: B3

Kit­si­lano Re­gional: Ca­sual

ANNALENA Con­tem­po­rary cui­sine with com­fort food roots fea­tures on the sea­sonal, in­gre­di­ent-for­ward menu. The open kitchen, bustling bar and unique art­work bring play­ful en­ergy to the mod­ern space. $-$$. D (daily). 1809 W. 1st Ave. 778-379-4052. www.annalena.ca X Map 1: E2


APHRODITE’S OR­GANIC CAFÉ & PIE SHOP Cozy bistro with a lo­cal, or­ganic and sea­son­ally chang­ing menu. Find hearty com­fort food and a se­lec­tion of home­made sweet and savoury pies. Gluten-free and ve­gan op­tions avail­able. The monthly din­ner fresh sheet of­fers a three-course prix fixe. Or­ganic beer and wine, too. $-$$. Brunch/L (daily), D (W-M). 3605 W 4th Ave. 604-733-8308. www. or­gan­ic­cafe.ca Par­tial X Map 4: D2

Re­gional: Up­scale

BISHOP’S John Bishop’s es­tab­lish­ment is con­sis­tently praised for im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and the chang­ing menu fea­tur­ing re­gional and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. The cel­lar is ex­ten­sive, with Pa­cific North­west wines at the fore. $$$. D (Tu-Su). 2183 W. 4th Ave. 604-738-2025. www.bish­op­son­line.com Map 1: F2

Re­gional: Ca­sual

FABLE KITCHEN Lo­cal farm-to-ta­ble cui­sine by Top Chef Canada run­ner-up Trevor Bird, in a ca­sual set­ting with ex­posed brick walls and chalk­board spe­cials. Fresh pasta made in-house. $$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1944 W. 4th Ave. 604-732-1322. www.fa­blek­itchen.ca X Map 1: E2


MAENAM Best Thai, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine since 2010. In­ven­tive Thai dishes use lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and nod to tra­di­tional recipes. Or­der a stir-fry or curry and a well-crafted cock­tail to match. $$. L (Tu-Sa), D (daily).

1938 W. 4th Ave. 604-730-5579. www.maenam.ca X map 1: E2


THEIR THERE Con­tem­po­rary cafe and bak­ery with ec­cen­tric decor such as sneak­ers hang­ing over the fire­place. Serves espresso from Port­land, as well as dough­nuts, pas­tries, and gourmet sand­wiches for break­fast and lunch. Lo­cal wine, beer and bub­bles, too. $. B/L (daily). 2042 W. 4th Ave. 604-736-8828. www.theirthere.ca map 1: f2


THE ACORN Lo­cal, sea­sonal veg­eta­bles are the star of the show at this cozy restau­rant and bar. Lots of ve­gan, gluten-free and raw op­tions. Drop by af­ter 10 pm for drinks and a late-night menu. $$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 3995 Main St. 604566-9001. www.thea­corn­restau­rant.ca X map 4: E4


R&b ALE & PIZZA HOUSE Pioneers in the mi­cro­brew­ing busi­ness, this draft and bot­tle pro­ducer is renowned for its sea­sonal op­tions and un­com­mon in­gre­di­ents. The wel­com­ing tap room also serves pizza, snacks, sand­wiches and more. Tours by app’t. 54 E. 4th Ave. 604336-0275. www.randb­brew­ing.com map 1: f7


Splitz GRILL Cre­ative burger menu in­cludes a teriyaki sal­mon filet, a Bi­son patty and a spicy lentil burger, plus a large se­lec­tion of top­pings and home­made sauces. Fin­ish the meal with a caramelized ba­nana split. $. L/D (daily). 4242 Main St. 604-875-9711. www.splitz­grill.com X map 4: d4

North Shore Re­gional: Ca­sual

CLIFF HOUSE RESTAU­RANT & bar Take a break from sight­see­ing at Capi­lano Sus­pen­sion Bridge, and visit this rus­tic eatery that’s named for the first park owner’s orig­i­nal 1889 cabin. Sit in­doors by the river-rock fire­place or on the scenic pa­tio. The ca­sual West Coast menu fea­tures lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and Ocean Wise seafood. Try a flight of lo­cal wine or craft beer. Park en­try re­quired. $$. B/L/D (daily). 3735 Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-985-7474. www.cap­bridge.com map 4: B4

Re­gional: Up­scale

THE OB­SER­VA­TORY En­joy West Coast spe­cial­ties in this invit­ing room at Grouse Moun­tain’s chalet. The chefs use

re­gional in­gre­di­ents and lo­cal sup­pli­ers to craft the menu, which fea­tures sus­tain­able seafood as part of the Ocean Wise pro­gram. Com­pli­men­tary Skyride and moun­tain ac­cess with ad­vance din­ner reser­va­tion. $$$. D (daily). 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van­cou­ver. 604-998-4402. www.ob­ser­va­to­ryrestau­rant.ca X Map 4: A4

Re­gional: Up­scale

THE SAL­MON HOUSE ON THE HILL Ed­i­tor’s Choice, Where to Dine Awards 2018. Renowned for its ocean view, award-win­ning wine cel­lar and cui­sine fea­tur­ing fresh seafood cooked on an alder wood grill and a sea­son­ally chang­ing menu. $$$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 2229 Folke­stone Way, West Van­cou­ver. 604-926-3212. www.salmonhouse.com X Map 4: B3

Olympic Vil­lAge/ cAm­bie Pan-Asian

BAO DOWN Fun, funky sopt spe­cial­izes in sev­eral types of bao, an Asian-style taco on a steamed bun. Kim­chi fries and sal­ads, too. Veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan op­tions. Gas­tropub lo­ca­tion serves oys­ters. $. L/D (daily). Bao Down Gas­tropub + Raw Bar: 115 W. 2nd Ave. 604-620-5226. Map 1: E7 L (F-Sa), D (Tu-Sa). Bao Down on the Drive, 1408 Com­mer­cial Dr. www.baodown.net Map 4: D4


BREWHALL Part craft brew­ery, part brewhall, part play­ground for grownups. Ro­tat­ing taps fea­ture wine, plus col­lab­o­ra­tion and guest beers, served along­side pizza, burg­ers and healthy bowls. Play ar­cade games, or head up­stairs to the cock­tail lab and whisky bar. $. L/D (daily). 97 E. 2nd Ave. 604-709-8623. www.brewhall.com X Map 1: E7


PEP­PER LUNCH Din­ers sear their own meals on a siz­zling cast-iron plate. The in­ter­ac­tive cook-it-your­self menu has chicken, steak and seafood of­fer­ings, as well as a va­ri­ety of sides and desserts. $-$$. L/D (daily). 2323 Cam­bie St. 778-379-5138. X Map 1: F6 150-5951 No. 3 Rd., Rich­mond. 604-285-5933. X Map 3: C3 16254791 McClel­land Rd., Rich­mond. www. pep­per­lunch­canada.com X Map 3: C3


VIJ’S RESTAU­RANT In­dian, Where to Dine Awards since 2005. Vij’s su­perb, in­no­va­tive In­dian fare evolves at whim, with a menu that changes fre­quently. Reg­u­lars rave over the lamb “pop­si­cles.” Won­der­ful veg­e­tar­ian dishes, too. No reser­va­tions. $$-$$$. D (daily). 3106 Cam­bie St. 604-736-6664. www.vi­js­restau­rant.ca X Map 4: D3

Rich­mOnd/AiR­pORt Re­gional: Up­scale

GLOBE@YVR Right in Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port, you can feast on a sea­sonal menu while tak­ing in panoramic views of the North Shore moun­tains through floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows. Daily af­ter­noon tea. $$-$$$. B/L/D (daily). The Fair­mont Van­cou­ver Air­port, 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Rich­mond. 604-248-3281. www.fair­mont.com/van­cou­verair­port X Map 7


GUDRUN TAST­ING ROOM Best Rich­mond, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2018. En­joy lo­cal, farm-fresh foods paired with re­gional or­ganic wines. Nosh on a panini or or­der char­cu­terie shar­ing plat­ters fea­tur­ing meats and cheeses from Canada and France. $-$$. D (TuSa). 150-3500 Monc­ton St., Rich­mond. 604-272-1991. www.gudrun.ca X Map 3: E2


ORIGO CLUB The North Amer­i­can spinoff of its Bei­jing-based name­sake fea­tures a restau­rant, cafe and art gallery all un­der one roof. Sam­ple fresh-baked vi­en­nois­eries, espres­sos and teas, or dine on French-in­spired fare. Con­tem­po­rary Asian art in the ad­ja­cent gallery. Wine list fea­tures all French sips. $$$. B/L/D (Tu-Sa). 6888 River Rd., Rich­mond. 604-285-8889. www.origo­club.ca X Map 3: C3

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