I'm trying to round out a 3.5 day trip to your beautiful city, and wanted some help with the food situation. We're visiting from SF, and want to focus on Pacific Northwest seafood, high end Chinese, high end Japanese, and casual can't-get-in-the-states anything. We're adventurous eaters, but not big eaters. It's much more important that food is unique and exquisite than anything else. And we're happy to graze all day long.
Bonus points for:
1. All things seafood, especially GEODUCK.
2. Anything uniquely Canadian/local to Vancouver.
3. Food souvenir ideas.
Friday: getting to the hotel around noon, we're downtown on Burrad
-Lunch? Dim sum at Kirin?
-Wander Robson/Yaletown in the afternoon. What should we snack on?
-Reservations for Chambar for dinner
-Granville Island - lunch/snack/coffee/dessert options appreciated
-Kitsilano Beach - lunch/snack/coffee/dessert options appreciated
-We have reservations for Tojo's based on friends' recs, but reviews don't look too hot. What can we do instead? Guu? Is there high-caliber Chinese or Japanese, on par with LA/SF/Hong King, in the city, that doesn't involve 10-person banquets?
-What to do for drinks after dinner?
-Guu for lunch?
-Richmond for lunch/dinner? I have a ton of flexibility here. What am I missing?
-A quick stroll along the water plus brunch, or dim sum in the Richmond, then off to the airport. Where?
Last question: Vij's. If I'm coming from San Francisco with our plethora of Indian options, do I need to stop by Vij's?