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Restaurants Vancouver

Canada 150 at TWG Tea

By SHERI RADFORD

Sip and savour your way through Canada's 150th birthday.

Sip and savour your way through Canada’s 150th birthday.

To Aug. 31, 2017 It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, but you get the treat: TWG Tea is offering a special Jubilee Tea set menu to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Made from local ingredients, the cornucopia of dishes are inspired by traditional recipes from across the country; for instance, the salmon confit with Lemon Bush Tea–infused panna cotta suggests the West Coast, while the tourtière (meat pie) with Weekend in Hong Kong Tea–infused rhubarb chutney evokes the province of Quebec. The meal is paired with either hot Jubilee Tea or iced French Earl Grey Tea. Consider it a cross-country culinary road trip, all without leaving Vancouver.

Ultimate Alfresco: Araxi Longtable Dinner

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

Aug 20, 2017 Meals just don’t get more memorable than the Araxi Longtable Dinner, where diners sit elbow-to-elbow with 150 other guests. With spectacular Mount Currie as backdrop and Araxi’s famed James Walt as chef, this four-course dinner enjoyed alfresco has all the elements of a night to remember. It takes place at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm, chosen not just for the stunning scenery, but also because it’s where many ingredients in the family-style dishes were grown. Now that’s a fresh farm-to-table fête.

Pride Crawl Fundraiser

By CHLOË LAI

Step into Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar to try their Proud Seaman cocktail

Step into Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar to try their Proud Seaman cocktail

To Aug. 6, 2017 Fuel your Pride Week festivities with colourful cocktails at the self-guided Pride Crawl Fundraiser. A cheery rainbow of signature Pride-themed libations launches at more than 40 participating bars and restaurants, including Jamjar, Uva (pictured) and Nook. Partial proceeds from these delicious drinks benefit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, so every sip celebrates and supports social good. We’ll drink to that.

Savour First Nations Fare at Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro

By TIM PAWSEY

Jeremy Belcourt serves smoked oolichans and herring roe (front) and the namesake burger (back). (Photo: KK Law)

At Salmon n’ Bannock, Jeremy Belcourt serves smoked oolichans and herring roe (front) and the namesake burger (back). (Photo: KK Law)

While European and Asian immigrants may have shaped the city’s modern tastes, truly authentic local cuisine has evolved over thousands of years through Canada’s indigenous peoples. For true First Nations fare, head to Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro, a cozy West Broadway haunt that more than lives up to its name. Here you can taste West Coast salmon in every incarnation, from house-cured wild sockeye to traditional salmon candy, as a birch-glazed filet and in the namesake Salmon n’ Bannock burger. Wild boar, free-range bison, elk and other game also make appearances on a wide-roaming menu of robust flavours.

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Brewery & The Beast: Ultimate Meat Fest

By SHERI RADFORD

Savour flame-grilled meats and local brews at Brewery & The Beast.

Savour flame-grilled meats and local brews at Brewery & The Beast.

Jul. 23, 2017 Calling all carnivores: only one event each summer combines perfectly prepared proteins with liberal lashings of local libations. When Brewery & The Beast returns to Vancouver this month, it brings with it more than 50 acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including Kissa Tanto, Hawksworth, Forage, Café Medina and Torafuku. Each one cooks, cures, roasts or barbecues various cuts of meat to mouth-watering perfection. And if you want to feel virtuous about such a day of debauchery, rest assured that partial proceeds go to charity.

Tasty Take-out at English Bay

By TIM PAWSEY

Crispy cod tacos, Manhattan-style chowder and halibut 'n' chips at The Daily Catch

Crispy cod tacos, Manhattan-style chowder and halibut ‘n’ chips at The Daily Catch (Photo: KK Law)

The city’s oceanside epicentre offers beach bites in every shape and size. For fish ’n’ chips featuring all-sustainable seafood, such as wild halibut, salmon and cod, drop by the take-out counter at The Daily Catch on Denman. Almost right on the sand, the Cactus Club concession obliges with Angus beef burgers, beer-battered Ocean Wise ling cod tacos, veggie burgers, and a panko-crusted chicken sandwich. Nearby Beach Bay Café and Patio sports a convenient location for take-out fish ’n’ chips and other handy bites. For sweet treats and the ultimate in pure fruit flavours, wander by award-winning D’oro Gelato, for handmade gelato and sorbetto based on traditional Sicilian recipes.

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Take a Bite Out of Lower Lonsdale

By TIM PAWSEY

At Fishworks, chef Shallaw Kadir creates dishes such as scallops with ponzu-marinated eggplant (R) and lingcod with ginger, lemongrass and mussels (L). (Photo: KK Law)

At Fishworks, chef Shallaw Kadir creates dishes such as scallops with ponzu-marinated eggplant (R) and lingcod with ginger, lemongrass and mussels (L). (Photo: KK Law)

From downtown, a short trip on the SeaBus lands you in Lower Lonsdale, with myriad tastes a few steps away. At Fishworks, chef Shallaw Kadir creates West Coast seafood with flair. Crab cakes come with wasabi-lime-cilantro mayo, while Egmont white sturgeon is served with butternut squash purée. West Coast bouillabaisse and paella are popular mainstays, and smart wines complete the picture. Almost next door, The District serves Belgian flavours in a casual setting. Timeless Gusto di Quattro lures with plentiful pastas and classics such as veal marsala. Bustling waterside Tap & Barrel revels in BC wines and brews, plus bites to match. Just east, enjoy wide-ranging seafood at Pier 7, against a breathtaking backdrop of the harbour and downtown. Also not to be missed: the wealth of flavours at Lonsdale Quay Market, whose food court encompasses everything from sushi and souvlaki to burgers and pizza—for British-inspired pub fare, grab a spot waterside at The Cheshire Cheese, or work through a flight of tasters at Green Leaf Brewing.

A+ Activities: Our Favourite Reasons to Visit UBC

Find the best places to eat, explore and be entertained at the University of British Columbia. School may be out for summer, but this lush coastal campus is packed with hidden gems for every visitor, from orchestra aficionados and art connoisseurs to golfers and nature lovers

By CHLOË LAI

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

Art History

Fancy a bit of a scavenger hunt? This campus is a veritable outdoor gallery, featuring an ever-evolving collection of art installations just waiting to be discovered. The most recent addition is the Reconciliation Pole, a towering 17-m (55-ft) totem pole carved by James Hart, a Haida master carver and hereditary chief. Intricate details etched into the 800-year-old red cedar tell the story of First Nations communities’ experiences before, during and after the traumatic residential school system—thousands of copper nails are hammered into the wood, each commemorating a child who died at a residential school. Other totem poles around campus include the Musqueam Post by Brent Sparrow Jr., and the Victory Through Honour pole by Calvin Hunt and Merv Child.

For contemporary art, step into the crisp white rooms of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, where avant-garde artists and innovative exhibitions take centre stage. Download or print their info sheet to take a sunny self-guided outdoor art tour—and keep an eye out for the delightful Classical Toy Boat by Glenn Lewis, which isn’t on the list. If you’ve only got time for one destination, venture across Marine Drive to find the Museum of Anthropology tucked away amongst the trees. With one of the finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts in the world, as well as impressive exhibits spanning every culture from Asia to the Amazon, it’s an absolute must-see. (more…)

North of Robson: Downtown Dining

By TIM PAWSEY

French fare at Tableau Bar Bistro tastes as good as it looks. (Photo: KK Law)

French fare at Tableau Bar Bistro tastes as good as it looks. (Photo: KK Law)

Some of the city’s best tastes are found just a block or two off Robson Street. For elevated French bistro fare, wander north to Melville, to Tableau Bar Bistro (pictured) for onion soup, moules frites, chicken supreme and addictive mushrooms on toast in an authentic setting. A block north on Denman, Nook is a popular haunt for Italian fare with fresh pasta made daily, plus pizza, good charcuterie and smart wines. Or, for excellent ramen, head to Marutama, a bustling spot a few steps along Bidwell, where fans return for the flavourful house chicken broth and especially the tamago original bowl. Order it mild or, for purists, robustly spiced.

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2017 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Seafood tower at Ancora. (Photo by KK Law)

Seafood tower at Ancora. (Photo by KK Law)

Welcome to our 21st annual awards issue. Much more than merely a contest, Where to Dine celebrates Vancouver as a global dining destination. This is a city that validates the openness, cultural awareness and exuberant curiosity that define Canada, through acceptance and exploration of all cuisines. We salute the chefs, servers, sommeliers and restaurateurs who make this place such a food-lover’s paradise.

Critics’ Choice 

LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE 
Ancora

When it comes to the inside scoop, the concierge is your best friend. Vancouver’s Les Clefs d’Or are tireless in their search for dining excellence—and happily recommend those who consistently over-deliver.

This waterfront gem on the downtown side of False Creek blends Peruvian, Japanese and other influences with fresh West Coast ingredients. Such licence yields Aji-panca-glazed sablefish, seared scallops with pork belly, and grilled steak with yuca fries, autumn vegetables and chimichurri. (more…)

Leadership Award: David Hawksworth

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef David Hawksworth.

Chef David Hawksworth.

Few individuals have had as much impact on Vancouver’s dining scene as David Hawksworth. Arguably the city’s most high-profile chef, Hawksworth is pre-eminent as the driving force behind Hawksworth Restaurant and the recently opened, more casual Nightingale.

With the first restaurant’s launch and enduring success (Vancouver Magazine named it best upscale restaurant five years in a row), he helped cement the return of fine dining in the post-recession era. Not content to rest on his laurels, in 2013 he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition, which annually awards $10,000 to the winner and provides considerable exposure. The chef says his motivation for establishing the competition and scholarship stemmed from his time in the UK, where “there are lots of great cooks.” (more…)

Delicious Deeds

By CHLOË LAI

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

At Dining Out For Life, you can have your cake and let someone else eat it, too—in a manner of speaking. On Mar. 30, restaurants throughout the Lower Mainland donate 25% of each food bill to local not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful, which provides free, healthy meals and nutritional counselling for Vancouverites living with HIV/AIDS. The more you indulge, the more you help. So go ahead and order that chocolate molten cake (Dockside), praline mousse (Forage) or traditional tiramisu (Joe Fortes) after dinner. It’ll feel as good as it tastes.