Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

The main strip be­neath Es­planade and be­fore the quay is quin­tes­sen­tial Lolo din­ing, and there hasn’t been any­thing new on that block for years. How­ever, owner and cer­ti­fied Red Seal chef Paul Mon-kau’s neigh­bour­hood favourite The Dis­trict Brasserie ( 13 Lons­dale Ave., eatat­dis­trict.com), the Euro­pean gas­tro-pub meets West Coast, is still hop­ping. Re­fined yet ca­sual pub grub and lo­cal beers on tap mean it still draws a crowd on a Thurs­day night.

An­other op­tion for ca­sual food is an out­post of Main Street stal­wart Bur­goo ( 3 Lons­dale Ave., bur­goo .ca) next door. It’s the only one of their lo­ca­tions to fea­ture live mu­sic, so check out the web­site for a list of per­for­mances that range in style from Latin jazz to soft pop. And we’re lov­ing the queso fun­dido.

On the same block, you have the il­lus­tri­ous Gusto di Qu­at­tro ( 1 Lons­dale Ave., quat­trorestau­rants.com), which has been part of the neigh­bour­hood since 2000. The rus­tic Ital­ian menu, in­spired by lo­cal leg­end An­to­nio Corsi, o sets the po­ten­tial snooti­ness of a white-linen fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence—the re­sult be­ing a higher price tag with­out high lev­els of pre­ten­sion.

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