Food & Drink
An Introduction to the Restaurant Scene in Vancouver
One of the great things about Vancouver at the moment is that it has one of the most vibrant and passionate food scenes in the country, with a huge variety of different cuisines and types of restaurants available. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat with a difference from one of the high quality food trucks, or you want something a bit more substantial at a fashionable dining spot downtown, you won’t be disappointed. The city is also at the heart of the modern Canadian culinary scene, with a big emphasis placed on finding and serving great locally produced food and knowing where the ingredients for dishes are coming from.
Culinary Specialities In Vancouver
Seafood is one of the great products that is found in British Columbia, and whether you are a fan or wonderful sustainable salmon, cod and trout, or prefer great clams, prawns and other shellfish, you will find plenty of great seafood options. One of these is the Fresh Local Wild seafood truck that is often found around the city, and is famous for its seafood poutine, which is a twist on a great Canadian classic. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are also a mainstay in the city’s markets, and the berries and fruit grown in the region are found in some of the amazing smoothies and desserts enjoyed in the city’s restaurants.
Fashionable Downtown Dining Spots
If you are looking for a special meal and want to splash out, there are plenty of options available, and the sleek interior of the Hawksworth Restaurant is a great option if you have somebody that you are looking to impress. There are plenty of great seafood restaurants as you would expect, and Coast Restaurant on Alberni Street is another stylish option, and although the catch of the day takes pride of place, you’ll find no lobster pots on the walls here! Le Crocodile is a well established option too, and serves some great French cuisine working with the local ingredients, while the atmosphere is stylish and cosy.
The Movement to Support Locally Produced Food
The movement to provide food that has been reliably sourced is one that delivers excellent fresh food, and C Restaurant on Howe Street has been doing this for a long time, going directly to local fishermen to source the freshest possible fish, which means that there is a constantly changing menu depending on the catch that day. Cibo Trattoria is a more down to earth option that focuses on delivering good rustic Italian food with ingredients that are in-season, and although a few items are imported from Italy the majority of ingredients are locally produced, and the changing menu of affordable dishes really is worth trying.
Asian Restaurants in Vancouver
One of the great features of having a vibrant multi cultural community is that it has provided Vancouver with a wide range of different Asian cuisines, from sushi restaurants to wonderful Chinese and Thai places. Tojo‘s is one of the best Japanese restaurants in town, and chef Hidekazu Tojo presents some wonderful sushi that is a visual delight as well as providing pleasure for the taste buds, while the attached sake lounge is a great spot for a drink. Shanghai River is another good option providing classic Shanghai dishes on a popular menu, with the xiao long bao buns being a great favourite.
Great Drinks in Bottles and on Tap
Craft beer is another of the sensations of Vancouver at the moment, and you will rarely find a restaurant that doesn’t have several varieties on offer, with draft beers as well as bottled being popular. Among the most popular breweries are Yellow Dog and Fuggles & Warlock, although there are so many different breweries you will probably be able to have a different beer with your meals for a month without drinking the same brew twice! There are also plenty of spirits being produced in the region, with Pemberton Distillery producing some good local whisky, while the Long Table Cucumber Gin is another tipple worth trying.