With an oceanfront location that yields a rainbow of fresh catch and a population that’s almost half Asian, Vancouver’s culinary culture is deliciously diverse and rich in tradition and innovation all at once. Whether it’s succulent sushi, Chinese feasts, or palate-pleasing wines from British Columbia’s wide swath of fruitful vineyards to pair it all with, this gem of a city continues to delight locals and travellers alike for its dining scene alone. Check out these top Vancouver restaurants and start making your reservations.
With an intimate dining room and a fun 14-seat bar set with flickering candles each evening (the better to enjoy happy hour), Wildebeest features an open-concept kitchen that is the stage whereby executive chef Ian McHale makes magic from beets to beast. Game animals like elk are plated as tartare, wood-grilled bison is served with parsley root puree and plum jus, and irresistible skillet cornbread is smothered in whipped butter with smoked bone marrow and onion ash.
Hidekazu Tojo is considered Vancouver’s top Japanese chef and is renowned as the inventor of the B.C. roll, British Columbia’s signature sushi roll featuring grilled local salmon skin. You can order them at just about any sushi restaurant in the city, but why not try the original? Tojo also has a wide selection of creative cocktails including the popular Carmen’s Guava (lychee liqueur, sour raspberry, and Cointreau with guava juice and club soda); a Tojo-tini (Japanese-style martini with sake, shaken with two types of shochu vodka); and a yuzu-tini (mango vodka, crème de cacao, vanilla vodka, orange juice, and yuzu).Continue Reading