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The most remarkable thing about Tojo's Japanese restaurant is that people have been known to make pilgrimages from far corners of the globe to savor its offerings. Vancouver is known for its sushi obsession, and this particular purveyor is internationally renowned. Make reservations for the bar and watch the artist Tojo at work. The Omakase, or Chef's Arrangement, is a popular option. The restaurant's original creations include the Great Canadian Roll (Atlantic lobster and asparagus with smoked Pacific salmon). For further details, please check the website.
This restaurant's setting resembles a traditional ristorante, complete with Romanesque columns and large windows. Diners here can see how fine Italian cuisine is prepared. Outside, there's a garden patio with wrought-iron furniture and a fountain. Everything from appetizers to main course is worth a shot. The impressive wine list includes 37 by the glass. Opens daily at 5pm for dinner.
Master Chef duo Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme plate up classic Italian meal at their award winning restaurant, La Pentola. The food, ambiance and setting offers a chance to enjoy wonderful courses of beautifully made food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant is your best bet if looking to enjoy traditional tastes in the company of loved ones.
Hapa Izakaya is a Japanese hotspot in the city, which plays host to Asian big-shots as well as locals. Sushi and tapas are the main dishes here, apart from some great off-beat dishes like bacon-wrapped asparagus or fresh tuna-belly chopped with spring onions and served with garlic bread. The cool and sassy interiors, along with the smartly-dressed wait staff and good food, make for a fine dining experience. The Izakaya-style setting helps this place stand out and makes it an interesting restaurant to dine in if you're bored of the usual fare around town.
This trendy Yaletown restaurant cooks up West Coast cuisine mixed with French and Asian influences. A tapas menu is available as an alternative to the main menu. Wine lovers will enjoy the selection of over 50 vintages. The heated courtyard patio is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner while listening to the live jazz or Motown music provided on Sundays.
Tucked in a corner of an undiscovered neighborhood, Les Faux Bourgeois is one of the city’s hottest restaurants. From the rustic fare to the dark wood floors and dimly lit interior, everything about this little place is reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. The menu offers all the classics of French country cooking. Start with the escargots Bourgogne or frisée salad before moving onto a cassoulet or the duck confit served with a side of glazed seasonal vegetables. Not that hungry? Share a cheese plate and a bottle of Burgundy with friends, or sample one of the delectable French desserts.
Serving contemporary dishes based on traditional Italian meals, you'll be charmed by this cozy restaurant. The chefs have worked in high end restaurants before, and the food reflects their talent. The Octopus Carpaccio is simply heavenly, as is the Roasted Quail Ravioli. Surprisingly, the delicious meals are served at a moderate price.
Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant offers fresh farm food featuring plenty of vegetables using ingredients grown by sustainable practices. It has a Sunday Supper Series wherein patrons can savor dishes like White Almond Gazpacho, Celtuce and Biodynamic Aged Risotto. For lunch, try the Roasted Chicken Breast served with peppercorn sauce, fingerling potatoes, arugula salad and cognac. The desserts are unusual such as Elderflower Sorbet, complemented by La Biancara di Angiolino Maule white wine and Chateau Le Puy Bordeaux red wine. This is a good restaurant to sample healthy dishes that are also rich in flavors. Their special brunch menus are also quite popular among diners.
This 20-year-old landmark on the water offers scenic views of the English Bay and the North Shore mountains. A large building with a classy interior, it includes a fine dining room, wine bar, pub and summertime dock patio. Try anything from the exquisite dining room menu and enjoy it relentlessly. The wine bistro and pub offer more casual and less expensive menus. The place is open everyday from 5:30p onwards.
Nestled in the Moda Hotel, this chic yet welcoming restaurant plates a wonderful fare of contemporary Italian food. Serving breakfast through brunch as well as lunch and dinner, the restaurant aces each time with their twist on traditional dishes producing specials of pastas, paninis and bruschette. The restaurant also includes The Madonna Room perfect for entertaining upto 12 guests for a special occasion. For more on the menu and services, do visit their website.
Chambar is a stylish Belgian restaurant located in a quiet area on lower Beatty Street. It provides the perfect setting for a cozy, romantic dinner and the food adds to the charm of this place. Delectable delicacies like Coquille St. Jaques Et Jambon de Parma (pan-seared scallops, with walnut oil-tossed lentils, and crisp parma), and Moules-Frites-Congolaise (mussels cooked with fresh tomato, smoked chili, cilantro, and a touch of coconut cream and lime) will have you smacking your lips. As for the desserts, the Belgian Chocolate Mousse and the Hot Mocha Souffle are eternal favorites. Chambar is also known for its stock of Belgian beers, and some very interesting cocktails.
The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa popular piano lounge is perennially voted the best bar in the city by critics. Named after the epicurean god of wine, it nearly begs you to imbibe in luxurious style. It has a large by-the-glass wine list and fine French cuisine. Drinks and nibbles take the cake. The decor is dark antique and flower-filled elegance, with soft lighting and a gently tinkling piano. The dance floor is open on certain days and make sure you dress appropriately; casual attire is frowned upon. Call for reservations.