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Branas Mediterranean Grill features beautiful views of the Vancouver skyline. Look out onto the water and skyscrapers in the background as you dine on classic Mediterranean dishes like baked lasagna, Greek salad, stuffed chicken breast, and more. Some evenings, you'll have the pleasure of enjoying live jazz and folk tunes. Check the website or call for the live music calendar.
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.
Food connoisseurs in the city are sure to love Edible Canada at the Market. The standard of modern Canadian cuisine in Vancouver, the bistro promotes the farm-to-fork dining philosophy. Located right across from the popular Granville Island Public Market, the menu is made from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients that varies with the chef's whims and market-availability. The contemporary interiors, coupled with energetic vibes, make for a vibrant and inviting atmosphere. The space also plays host to wine tastings and private events.
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.
A brainchild of Chef Nico Schuermans, Medina is a perky cafe located in Crosstown. Having studied at CREPAC School of Culinary Arts in Belgium, Chef Schuermans brings his skills to good use and adds a Belgian flair to his preparations. The decor here is pretty simple, yet it has a stylish ambiance with bright bulbs hanging from the ceiling and neatly lined tables. The menu here has delectable treats, with popular dishes like waffles and specialties like Les Boulettes, La Tartine and Roti de Boeuf, marinated beef balsamic style. The restaurant is a must-try for anyone looking for a change from the usual western flavors offered around the city. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn't take reservations. Call ahead for more information.
Located in the historic Gastown District, Le Abattoir is as chic and trendy as they come. A French restaurant and lounge by nature, this establishment is housed in the site of a former jailhouse and now spins those once harsh brick walls and stark interiors as chic 19th Century decor. Refurbished wooden beams, steel finishes, natural wood accents, elevated dining room and sun soaked atrium, this restaurant is sure to make a great backdrop for a romantic evening on the town or after work cocktail hour with friends. And not to be outdone by the atmosphere, the French cuisine is simply divine.
This welcoming bistro is as close as you will get to Dublin in Vancouver. Specializing in whiskey and beer, the Irish Heather has been raved about since opening in 1998. Sit down to a meal of steak and Guinness pot pie, or go for the more classic bangers and mash. Even James Joyce's favorite sandwich is on the menu. Enjoy live music that will keep your eyes smiling, whether they are Irish or not. Oddly enough the lunch menu becomes available again each night; check website for more details.
Situated in one of the oldest part of the city, The Old Spaghetti Factory has been catering to the food-loving people of Vancouver, ever since it was established in 1970s. Needless to say, it is the food that has made this a favorite among the locals, who walk in here religiously to savor appetizers like Clam Chowder and Steamed Mussels, as well as Thin Crust Pizzas. You can opt for tomato sauce, mushroom sauce, spicy meat sauce or clam sauce to be served with their specialty spaghetti dishes. The restaurant's historic charm is further accented by the decommissioned electric trolley at the center of the dining room, which is claimed by many to be haunted. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
A slice of delicious Italian pizza, a bowl of pasta and a glass of fine wine go perfectly well with each other, and Italian Kitchen is a restaurant in Downtown Vancouver which proves this right. This charming restaurant has an extensive menu offering a variety of dishes from all across Italy. Experience a range of tastes and feast on dishes made from rare regional recipes from Italy. Try the gnocchi, handcrafted-pizzas, ravioli, lip-smacking pasta, juicy steaks and delectable desserts. Choose from a variety of fine wines or crafty cocktails to accompany your food. Call ahead to know more.
In Italian, Sciué means “good and fast”, which pretty much sums up the philosophy behind this little Roman-style café. You’ll find a lot more than just coffee here, though. Open during the daytime and catering to the local business crowd and tourists alike, Sciué offers up some of the best European pastries and breakfast panini you’ll find anywhere. Lunch features a healthy variety of pastas and gnocchi, but the real draw here are the pizzas, which are sold by weight and garnished with the finest ingredients, from pancetta to sliced bocconcini to pesto chicken. You can contact Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé at +1 888 959 7263, for further information.
Prestons on Pender Street prides itself on its signature cuisine which infuses the Mediterranean and Asian flavors into the dishes from the West Coast cuisine. Result is a long list of regular diners who have made this their favorite haunt to try out some refined delicacies. Book a table at the restaurant, settle down on the cozy chair and indulge in delicacies like Pad Thai, Spaghetti Vongole In Biano, Grilled Lamb, Steak Bites and Grilled Calamari. Wash down these amazing dishes with a glass or bottle of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Merlot or Chardonnay, which are sourced from Californian and Italian wineries. For reservations, call or visit their website.