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Restaurants Vancouver

5 Fishy Finds

By TIM PAWSEY

Fish 'n' Chips with a view at Go Fish. (Photo: KK Law)

Fish ‘n’ Chips with a view, at Go Fish. (Photo: KK Law)

The city boasts no shortage of pescetarian options, often in sparkling shoreside settings.

1. Go Fish Line up for fish tacos, seared tuna burgers and more, served dock-side with a dash of creativity, just a few steps west of Granville Island.

2. Pajo’s These bare-bones waterside fish ’n’ chipperies in Steveston, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam serve some of the best halibut, cod and salmon you’ll taste anywhere.

3. Troll’s Restaurant This family-friendly spot opened in 1946, predating the nearby Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Find more seafood than you can shake a prawn at, plus buckets of nostalgia.

4. Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips Landlocked but still worthy, this Marpole fave wins rave reviews for its British-style F&C, plus deep-fried Mars bars—and gluten-free batter on request.

5. Raincity Grill This quintessential West Coast room dispenses excellent fish ’n’ chips from its handy Denman Street take-out window right across from English Bay.

Himalayan Tastes at Yak & Yeti

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef displays dishes served up at Yak & Yeti. (Photo: KK Law)

Himalayan and Nepalese flavours rule at Yak & Yeti. (Photo: KK Law)

Popular Kitsilano haunt Yak & Yeti serves delicious Nepalese and Himalayan tastes in a laid-back bistro setting. Spicing is cautiously understated, with a wide range of meat and vegetarian options. House faves roam from Himalayan-style yak momo dumplings to tender char-grilled lamb kebabs to sizzled chicken with crunchy vegetables on a piping-hot cast-iron skillet. For dessert, don’t miss the poached spiced pears with ice cream and caramel. To complete the picture: good local brews, such as Driftwood Fat Tug and Russell Blood Alley Bitter, and smartly chosen BC wines.

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ARC: Fairmont Waterfront’s Curvy New Addition

By TIM PAWSEY

Fairmont Waterfront's newest arrival boasts gorgeous views and an two-tier, open-plan design. (Photo: KK Law)

Fairmont Waterfront’s newest arrival boasts gorgeous views and an two-tier, open-plan design. (Photo: KK Law)

The Fairmont Waterfront’s newly unveiled ARC mirrors its curvaceous surroundings with acres of soaring glass in a spherical, expansive space that takes full advantage of its two-tier, open-plan design. Just across from Canada Place, a perch overlooking the bar grants harbour and mountain glimpses, along with a good buzz in the room and smart cocktails. Drop by for seasonal bites on executive chef Dana Hauser’s fresh sheet, such as Dungeness crab gazpacho or poached salmon with fava bean and citrus salad. Or grab a spot at the convivial chef’s bench for some communal dining from one of the city’s most eco-friendly kitchens.

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50 Things We Love About Granville Island

By SHERI RADFORD and JILL VON SPRECKEN

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

1. Commuting via Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

2. SeaVillage, a charming collection of floating homes.

3. Browsing for fresh produce, bread and seafood in the Granville Island Public Market.

4. Spotting orcas with Wild Whales Vancouver.

5. Ocean Concrete, the oldest and largest tenant on the island. It’s been there since 1917.

6. Edible Canada at the Market, with its fresh regional fare on the menu, plus foodie tours and a gourmet artisan retail shop.

7. Watching buskers perform: musicians, jugglers, magicians and more.

8. Hand-pressed, hand-bottled sake from Artisan SakeMaker.

9. Splashing around in the Granville Island Waterpark.

10. Watching artisans hard at work in their studios.

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Christopher Bates: Man of Style

By SHERI RADFORD

A naval-inspired blazer from Christopher Bates' new clothing line

A naval-inspired blazer from Christopher Bates’ new clothing line

Christopher Bates never travels without his favourite pair of pants, which he designed himself and describes as “tight, black, Turkish-waxed-denim jeans.” The former Vancouverite says, “They almost look like rubber or leather. They’re really bad-ass. And they look great with a crisp white dress shirt. Or you could go all black with it and be more aggressive.” Bonus: they never wrinkle, even when crammed into overstuffed luggage. (more…)

5 Waterside Bites

By TIM PAWSEY

Watch floatplanes take off and land at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (Photo: KK Law)

Watch floatplanes take off and land at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill. (Photo: KK Law)

Myriad haunts around town offer a chance for spectacular waterfront dining, each with a twist.

1. Flying Beaver Bar & Grill Close to Airport South, locals, travellers and off-duty pilots rub shoulders at this tasty, pubby spot that doubles as a floatplane terminus.

2. Bridges The grand dame of Granville Island patios delivers a close-up of busy False Creek, with West Coast tastes such as grilled wild sockeye salmon and steamed local mussels.

3. Wild Rice  Overlooking heritage vessels moored on the working Fraser River at New Westminster’s River Market, this contemporary bistro serves updated takes on classic Chinese dishes.

4. The Beach House Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and head west along Marine Drive to take in a dazzling sunset dinner at this West Van landmark.

5. Lift Bar-Grill-View A stylish rooftop deck, complete with fire pit, yields breathtaking harbour and mountain views and creative, locally inspired plates to match.

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Tapping In at Craft Beer Market

By TIM PAWSEY

No doubt about it: there's a brew to suit every palate at Craft Beer Market. (Photo: KK Law)

No doubt about it: there’s a brew to suit every palate at Craft Beer Market. (Photo: KK Law)

An expansive, restored 1930s warehouse in the heart of Olympic Village now plays host to Craft Beer Market, a true brew emporium. Walk in and be amazed by the parade of 138 taps, served by over 4 km (2.5 mi) of beer lines, featuring the best of local, craft and imported ales. On the menu: casual American pub fare with a West Coast personality, from flatbreads to sliders to pasta—plus plenty of happening sports on an array of flat-screen TVs.

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Downtown’s Dining Delights

By TIM PAWSEY

Clams with corned veal tongue, fregola and saffron, at Cinara. (Photo: KK Law)

Clams with corned veal tongue, fregola and saffron, at Cinara. (Photo: KK Law)

Superlative tastes in a beautifully restored heritage setting are what you’ll find at Cinara, the just-opened, detail-driven room at the corner of Pender and Homer. Already garnering rave reviews, the modern European tastes have ranged from Mediterranean-style grilled squid to chicken liver parfait to braised rabbit to duck breast with quince and turnip. Portions come as small plates as well as mains, with smart wine pairings and cocktails, all served in a relaxing but sophisticated setting. For classic French with a West Coast nod, drop by gently retro Burgundy Restaurant on edgy Hastings near Abbott. Or, for well-made casual Italian, with handmade pasta and gluten-free options, head to popular Ask for Luigi in Railtown, just east of Gastown.

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The Roof Redux

By TIM PAWSEY

Enjoy stunning views and delectable dishes at The Roof Restaurant + Bar. (Photo: KK Law)

Enjoy stunning views and delectable dishes at The Roof Restaurant + Bar. (Photo: KK Law)

In its heyday, The Roof Restaurant + Bar—which recently reopened at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver—was the place to see and be seen, and the sunken martini bar still boasts one of the best sunset-watching seats in town. Go for the grilled lamb chops, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, wild salmon and vegetarian options. The bar list sports timeless classics, from The Roof Negroni and Hanky Panky to Sazerac and Moscow Mule, plus BC wines by the glass, mocktails and more. Don’t miss afternoon tea with all the trimmings, including cucumber sandwiches, of course.

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Tour Strathcona

By SHERI RADFORD

Get a peek at local businesses, like The Butler Did It Catering Co., at Made in Strathcona Tours. (Photo: Sheri Radford)

Check out local shops, like The Butler Did It Catering Co., on a Made in Strathcona Tour

Want to peek behind the scenes of local businesses? Two upcoming Made in Strathcona tours let you do exactly that. Running from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 31 and June 7, the tours reveal the sights, tastes, products and hidden gems of the historic Strathcona neighbourhood, located between Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street. See live demonstrations, sample tasty treats, talk to owners about their businesses—and prepare to get caught up in their passion, too. You might just find yourself falling in love with the neighbourhood.

May 31 – Manufacturing & Hidden Gems tour:

• Boardroom ECO Apparel
• Special Screencraft Printers
• Yew WoodShop
• The Vinegar Factory
• Wiens Studios
• Shop Wrong

June 7 – Creative & Food tour:

• AGRO Café
• The Butler Did It Catering Co.
• Pacific Restaurant Supply
• Propellor Design
• Eclipse Awards
• Christine Lingerie

For more information, visit www.madeinstrathcona.com. To register for a tour, visit www.madeinstrathcona.eventbrite.ca

Just Grazin’

By TIM PAWSEY

Antipasti board at Graze Food & Drink. (Photo: KK Law)

Antipasti board at Graze Food & Drink. (Photo: KK Law)

Uber-sustainable and cozy, Graze Food & Drink (pictured) delivers outside-the-box, detail-driven vegetarian plates. For more leafy (and other) bites, head to The Acorn, which placed 9th in enRoute’s 2013 list of the best new restaurants across Canada, or to the venerable The Naam, which dates from Kitsilano’s hippy heyday.

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In High Spirits: BC Distilled Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

On May 10, the BC Distilled Festival will be the toast of the town

On May 10, the BC Distilled Festival will be the toast of the town

Raise a glass to the province’s small-batch distilleries at the BC Distilled Festival (May 10). An array of local artisanal spirits—from gin and brandy to schnapps and absinthe—along with mouth-watering bites from Forage, Grain Tasting Bar and others will have taste buds tempted. Cheers!