Wednesday Web Links – April 7, 2010

Back again, with another instalment of my weekly links! This week, I’m focusing on local Vancouver restaurants. But not ones that I’ve visited – ones that are on my list to try out. This serves a few purposes: 1) I remember the restaurants next time I’m thinking of where to go, 2) I can get reviews from people who have already been there (and recommendations on what to order), and 3) I may get some other suggestions on good places to try! Plus, you all may learn of some places for the next time you visit Vancouver – just make sure to invite me along!

Here’s my (ever growing) list of restaurants I must check out one day. They run the gamut of the culinary spectrum, which I think is really representative of Vancouver as a whole. Any of them interest you? Perhaps we can make a dinner date 😉

 

  • Vij’s – This restaurant has been on my list for ages! I think I first heard about it on the Food Network, on some show I can’t remember. They offer world renowned Indian cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients, and preparing everything from scratch. One look at their menu will have you salivating! They are only open for dinner, starting at 5:30, and they don’t take reservations, so you better be ready to stand in line. Also interesting is that their kitchen staff is completely female. Vij also has a cookbook that I’m pretty sure I need to buy 😉
  • Refuel – On a somewhat more casual dining front is Refuel Restaurant. Their website says “Honest Food, Relaxed Atmosphere”, and one look at their menu reflects that statement. Comfort pub foods, utilizing local ingredients again. I actually have tentative plans to go here with a friend for lunch in the next month. I’m excited!
  • Gorilla Food – Who says good food need to be cooked? Located in downtown Vancouver, their menu offers an array of tasty looking raw, vegan, organic dishes. Definitely tapping into that whole “West Coast” healthy vibe. And let’s be honest – they had me at “Falafel Wrap”.
  • Bishop’s – Anyone up for a fine dining experience, featuring seasonal, local food (do I sense a trend here?) John Bishop is one of Vancouver’s premiere restaurateurs, who also lends his creative talents to feature menu items at another BC family favourite, White Spot. I’ll probably need to buy a nice outfit to dine here though.
  • Salt Tasting Room – Another place I first saw featured on the Food Network. Located in Blood Alley in Vancouver’s Gastown area, the Salt Tasting Room specializes in artisanal cheese, cured meats, wines, beers, and sherries. You select your own combination of meats, cheeses, and accompaniments from the ever changing menu, maybe add a flight of wines to go with it, then enjoy yourself as you taste all of the flavour combinations. I bet it would make for a great lunch date.
  • Tojo’s – Sushi. Really, really good sushi made by a sushi master. What more is there to say? I obviously need to go!

 

So dear readers – of any of you have enjoyed meals at any of the above restaurants, please let me know! Or let me know if you want to do lunch. Or dinner. I’m not picky 😉

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3 Comments on “Wednesday Web Links – April 7, 2010”

  1. April 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I really want to check out Gorilla Food – we should organize a Van blogger meetup!

  2. Victoria
    April 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Gorilla Food! I was just in Vancouver and had the best lunch there EVER. I’m from Edmonton and planning on coming back in a couple weeks with my boyfriend and cannot wait to take him there. I split a sandwich with cashew cream cheeze and vegetables on flax bread, and this salad that had tons of greens, sprouts, kale, seeds and almonds. Then shared two desserts, one a raw peanut butter cup and the other was this coconut, banana and raw chocolate square.

  3. April 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Oooo Gorilla Food does sound good, they have so many juices and smoothies too!

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