1. Modern Canadian
Forage in the West End is homely and comfortable, and we love that they use local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Chef Chris Whittaker celebrates all things BC (British Columbia), including phenomenal dishes such as Turtle Valley Bison Ranch butcher’s cut steak and Chilliwack creamed corn.
Next door to Forage is Timber which puts fantastically inventive spins on classic Canadian dishes such as deep-fried cheese curds, butter tarts and poutine.
Nightingale on West Hastings Street is where modern Canadian cuisine gets social. The restaurant serves simple seasonal dishes packed with natural flavour, including house-made pastas, salads and vegetarian dishes, paired with craft beers, on-tap gin and tonics, and local wines. The oven-roasted cauliflower with sunflower seeds and green harissa is our veggie favourite. Nightingale is a great place to pop by with friends before a big night out on the town.
For those who don’t know, poutine is fast food that originated in Quebec, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. There are plenty of great poutine spots all over the city, but we recommend La Belle Patate with its huge variety of poutine – 38 to be exact. We recommend the Hamburger Steak Poutine with beef and onions, the Breakfast Poutine with bacon and eggs and a festive turkey Holiday Poutine (below). Other options include Montréal smoked-meat sandwiches, authentic steamed hot dogs and delicious Quebec beer.
Vancouver is known for serving up good sushi, and our favourite is Miku by the beautiful waterfront. The restaurant offers the most amazing aburi (flame seared) sushi, so be sure to sample their signature Aburi Salmon Oshi sushi – it is out of this world. Miku also has a full bar, waterfront patio and private dining room.
Vancouverites all have a local hole-in-the-wall favourite when it comes to sushi, with joints dotted all over the city. We like feasting on Samurai Sushi on Davie Street, with their giant BC rolls (a maki roll with grilled salmon and cucumber) and warm yam rolls.
The Japadog was started by an ambitious Japanese couple who moved from Japan to Canada with a dream of creating a world-famous food stand. It is now found all over the city, and enjoys a host of celebrity fans. More than 20 toppings, including avocado, noodles and shrimp, are available to accompany the Japanese-style hot dog. You can even have a hot dog deep-fried in tempura batter.