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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.
This award-winning restaurant impresses with classic Northern Italian and French cuisine. The elegantly rustic setting includes white linen tables, dark wood accents, post and beam ceilings, tiles, and warm-hued walls. An open kitchen displays chefs and a long bar highlights views of the docks beyond. Appetizers include the bourbon-honey smoked salmon and the charbroiled calamari salad is unique. Among the pasta selection: artichoke and goat cheese mezzelune with spring vegetable ragout. Main courses include seared scallops and jumbo prawns.
Blue Water Cafe is touted as the city's haunt for seafood. While the chef cooks up a sumptuous west coast cuisine, the master at the raw bar, effortlessly caters to the needs of sushi lovers. From salads and shrimp cocktails, to main courses of lobster and crabs, straight out of the tank, guests can enjoy a sumptuous seafood meal. Contained within a former warehouse, Blue Water Cafe is in the heart of historic and popular area of Yaletown.
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.
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.
When it comes to describing the food plated at the Hawksworth Restaurant, patrons complement the clean tastes, perfect ingredients and exemplary culinary technique. With a kitchen steered by chef David Hawksworth, the restaurant has achieved its fame by sourcing the best in local ingredients and creatively complementing natural flavors. The menu covers breakfast through dinner including a wonderful spread for brunch. Pair you meal with a wine from their selection and finish off with a classic dessert. The perfect place to dine, especially if looking to indulge and impress.
Noted in the Paris Saveur, this restaurant is a favorite among local and international critics. Le Crocodile is a sophisticated eatery, with walls painted in deep yellows and offset by French artwork. Ornate furniture and fixtures contribute to the opulent feel. Known for its Alsatian cuisine and presentation, the dishes are considered as much art as meals. Samples from the basic menu include Ris de Veau Pôelé with garlic, spinach and calvados and Atlantic Salmon grilled with a spinach and saffron sauce. The restaurant remains closed on Sundays, call ahead for open hours.
This much-acclaimed establishment recently received the title of "Vancouver's Best Restaurant" from Gourmet Magazine's second annual readers' poll. The large open kitchen and naturally lit lounge create an elegant environment. The culinary experience here includes a 350-vintage wine list and a menu with Pacific Northwest staples varying from seafood to pasta. Main courses are complemented with an impressive selection of wines. So step in at the Diva to indulge in the finest flavors.
Connoiseurs of seafood in Vancouver have a reason to smack their lips. This newly opened restaurant offers seafood delights from different parts of the world. Try the Tiger Prawns Tempura, clams, mussels or oysters, all of which are simply delicious. A delightful twist are the delectable sushi rolls they serve, do try it! Meat lovers can feast on juicy prime beef. The décor is trendy and the dining area is located in the loft. The bar is well-stocked too and you can wash the fine meal with a glass of one of their hundred wines.
Located in the sumptuous Shangri-La Hotel, Market by Jean Georges is another addition to Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten's culinary empire. With four distinct areas, including a café and heated outdoor patio with magnificent views, there's something here for everyone. The focus is on fresh seafood and menus crafted from the finest of local ingredients. Drop by for lunch or partake in some oysters or chilled lobster at the raw bar. Dinner includes selections such as Parmesan crusted organic chicken and sirloin of beef. Market also offers a dessert menu with delights such as Vanilla Ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Cake, and Cocoa Nib Tuile.