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Restaurants Vancouver

7 Perfect Pizzas in Vancouver

By LAURA DENNIS

Cooking up a delicious pie at Novo

Cooking up a delicious pie at Novo

The days of greasy buck-a-slice being the only option are numbered. Recent years have seen an explosion of pizza joints popping up all over town. From stringently traditional to playful twists on the predictable, this is one delicious trend we can sink our teeth into. (more…)

Neighbourhood Finds

By TIM PAWSEY

(clockwise from front) "Big boy" chop with lentils and salsa verde, aged beef carpaccio, delicata pizza, "celebration" salad, and salumi board, at Campagnolo

(clockwise from front) “Big boy” chop with lentils and salsa verde, aged beef carpaccio, delicata pizza, “celebration” salad, and salumi board, at Campagnolo

A short walk from Science World and BC Place Stadium, Main Street’s Campagnolo is a lively, taste-filled haunt filled with hearty, rustic tastes. An abundance of choice roams from chicken liver with foie gras pâté, a cornucopian salumi board, and tagliatelle with pork ragù to lobster risotto, chestnut gnocchi, and spaghetti al pomodoro—not to mention plentiful pizza. In Davie Village, climb a few stairs to discover Gurkha Kitchen’s Himalayan plates. Or find great steaks and well-chosen wines to match at Yaletown’s warm and welcoming Hamilton Street Grill.

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7 Perfect Pizzas in Vancouver

By LAURA DENNIS

Cooking up a delicious pie at Novo

Cooking up a delicious pie at Novo

The days of greasy buck-a-slice being the only option are numbered. Recent years have seen an explosion of pizza joints popping up all over town. From stringently traditional to playful twists on the predictable, this is one delicious trend we can sink our teeth into. (more…)

Global Tastes at Earls

By LAURA DENNIS

Santa Fe chicken salad from Earls

Santa Fe chicken salad from Earls

What started as a beer-and-burger joint over 30 years ago has grown to 65 locations—including three in downtown Vancouver—and chefs with diverse culinary and cultural backgrounds have created an internationally inspired menu. It roams the globe from Santa Fe (for fresh salads, pictured) to India (for creamy curry). But don’t worry: Earls still has burgers and beer on the menu.

Top Tapas

By SHERI RADFORD

Enjoy tapas at cozy El Matador

Enjoy tapas at cozy El Matador

What’s the easiest way to get to Spain? Hop on the SeaBus and head to North Vancouver. A very short walk brings you to El Matador, a cozy, low-lit spot with a menu of mouth-watering Spanish tapas. The cheese and chorizo puffs are sure to please all palates, as are the garbanzo salad, spicy shrimp in sherry, grilled goat cheese with salsa fresca, and cabrales with honey and walnuts. Mediterranean flavours, with no passport required.

Elevated Pub Fare at The Abbey

By TIM PAWSEY

Try modern comfort food at The Abbey

Try modern comfort food at The Abbey

The Abbey, a clean-lined, sexily lit modern room, close to theatres and arenas, offers a riff on the contemporary British gastropub, with good draught beer on tap (Bomber ESB, Driftwood Fat Tug and Red Racer Pale Ale), smart wines and cocktails. Sophisticated comfort food revels in local flavours and ingredients, including herbed roast chicken, seared rare albacore tuna Niçoise, and Toulouse sausage and mash, as well as classics such as Welsh rarebit and sausage rolls with de rigueur Colman’s mustard.

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4 Asian Adventures

By TIM PAWSEY

Ocean Wise kaisen tomato ramen at Gyoza Bar + Ramen (Photo: KK Law)

Ocean Wise kaisen tomato ramen at Gyoza Bar + Ramen. (Photo: KK Law)

In this cosmopolitan town, myriad Pacific Rim flavours tempt at every turn.

1 Gyoza Bar + Ramen Find an edgy but cozy updated take on traditional ramen and gyoza in a warmly refurbished heritage setting. Go for the teppan gyoza served in a sizzling cast-iron pan, but don’t miss the kaisen tomato ramen brimming with fresh Ocean Wise seafood (pictured).

2 Banana Leaf This friendly, brightly decorated, casual chain celebrates all things Malaysian with wide-ranging cuisine from the heart of the Spice Route, such as rendang beef and Singapore chilli crab.

3 Kingyo Always hopping, this West End izakaya caters to a loyal following with polished small plates ranging from tantan noodles to miso-marinated black cod to pork tenderloin tempura.

4 Pink Elephant Thai Boldly fuchsia-toned, this Alberni Street haunt lures a lively crowd for smart cocktails, fusion dishes, and classic Thai tastes such as chicken satay, hot and sour soup, spring rolls, and spicy lettuce wraps with a choice of meats and tofu.

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‘Tis the Season

By SHERI RADFORD

Festive treats from Thomas Haas

Festive treats from Thomas Haas

Everyone knows that calories consumed during the holidays don’t count, right? Follow your festive sweet tooth to Bel Café, then sip an eggnog latte while choosing between the spiced whipped shortbread, butter tarts, raspberry linzer cookies, Christmas cakes, chocolate Santas and macaron trees. For even more seasonal sweets, visit Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie for confections such as chocolate trees (pictured), Christmas stollen, vanilla kipferl, Yule logs, chocolate sparkle cookies and holiday marshmallows. Here’s to a flavourful festive season (diets can wait until the new year).

Bella Gelateria’s Sweet Treats

By TIM PAWSEY

Award winning James Coleridge

Award winning James Coleridge (Photo: KK Law)

The first full-service room from gelato maestro James Coleridge, Bella Gelateria in Yaletown offers his celebrated gelato with other Italian treats such as Neapolitan pizza. Coleridge’s latest invention is the Gelatini: think affogato but with gelato instead of ice cream and a martini in lieu of coffee. Tiddly temptations abound, from Saffron Persia to Matcha Smasha to Wild Evita (salted caramel with scotch).

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Mahony & Sons: Irish Escape

By TIM PAWSEY

Guinness with a view at Mahony & Sons (Photo: KK Law)

Guinness with a view at Mahony & Sons. (Photo: KK Law)

Hop aboard the Aquabus (directly from the foot of Davie Street in Yaletown) to reach this newly unveiled, lavish Mahony & Sons, right on the False Creek waterfront at Stamp’s Landing. Drop by for casual bites such as fresh oysters on the half shell, thin-crust pizzas and burgers. Or tuck into classics such as Irish stew, Guinness-battered fish ’n’ chips, (Irish) bangers and mash, and plentiful West Coast chowder. Best-kept secret: the upstairs private room.

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Spanish Modern

By TIM PAWSEY

Small bites at Salida 7 please all palates (Photo: KK Law)

Small bites at Salida 7 please all palates. (Photo: KK Law)

A block from Gastown’s Maple Tree Square, newly landed Salida 7 heralds a Spanish resurgence. The two-tier room and bar revels in its Catalan roots, with contemporary-styled tapas as well as classically grounded, sophisticated entrées. Early faves include steamed mussels, escalivada with sardines and extra virgin olive oil confit, Catalonian seafood soup with saffron aioli, and traditional fideuà: baked garlic vermicelli and Dungeness crab served paella style. Wines include no shortage of good cava and many unique labels from across Spain.

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Chambar: Belgian Deluxe

By TIM PAWSEY

Chevreuil et chutney at Chambar (Photo: KK Law)

Chevreuil et chutney at Chambar. (Photo: KK Law)

A few steps from Rogers Arena and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Belgian-influenced Chambar cossets with its red-brick heritage interior, long bar and bustling lounge. Chef Nico Schuermans and his wife Karri have created a sustainable, ethically raised, all–Ocean Wise menu that’s also highly inventive. Favourites roam from pan-seared scallops (with mint pea purée and tandoori papadum) and moules frites congolaise to lamb shank tajine and venison short loin. Wines are well chosen, often unique and always thoughtfully paired, and cocktails are smartly conceived, at this carbon-neutral, stylish emporium.

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