By TIM PAWSEY
Gyonza Bar + Ramen. (Photo: KK Law)
Vancouver’s dining scene is dynamic and constantly changing, as these pace-setting newcomers from 2014 prove. (New restaurants that are 2015 Where To Dine Award winners are not included on this list)
THE ABBEY Creative West Coast fare, good pints and well-sourced wines are the order of the day at this stylin’ gastropub on Gastown’s edge.
AMICI MIEI This simple but smart family-run room offers fresh-daily house-made pasta plus a host of traditional Abruzzo dishes.
ARC The Fairmont Waterfront’s flagship room curves graciously around the main floor, serving regionally inspired specialties.
AU COMPTOIR Go early to get a seat at this popular Parisian-inspired bistro on West 4th Avenue.
ASK FOR LUIGI This cozy no-nonsense spot in Railtown consistently over-delivers Italian-inspired fare.
THE BELGARD KITCHEN Railtown’s multitasking brewery and winery is also home to a well-run casual restaurant serving regional fare.
BISTRO WAGON ROUGE Locals pack into this reinvented docklands diner for bistro classics and great local brews.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. (Photo: KK Law)
BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR The Sutton Place Hotel’s stylish room lures with contemporary seafood specialties, from caramelized jumbo scallops to roasted sablefish and more.
CINARA Modern European tastes are served in a relaxing but sophisticated early-20th-century room.
GYOZA BAR + RAMEN Find a clever update on traditional ramen and gyoza in a warmly refurbished heritage setting.
LEFT BANK This lean-lined room sports an airy feel to go with modern French-inspired West Coast plates, live music and a laneway heated patio.
MY SHANTI Vikram Vij’s latest (in Surrey) is a bold and tasty salute to the regional cuisines of his native India.
PIZZA FABRIKA This fun pizzeria on Robson’s west end is bare-bones but welcoming.
STEEL TOAD BREWPUB & DINING HALL The impressively restored former Opsal Steel Building is home to a spacious pub and microbrewery with worthy plates and pints.
THAI CUISINE BY MONTRI Find perfect pad thai, chicken satay and wok-cooked crunchy greens, smartly matched with spice-worthy wines.