I hang out over on the Phoenix board, but my husband and I are headed to Vancouver for a few days in mid July and we need some culinary direction. I have been reading this board for a few weeks and, to be honest, I am overwhelmed at all the options. That, of course, leads to questions, many of which I am sure you have answered before, but its nearly 110 F in Phoenix so have pity on me. :o)
We have Japadog, Gyoza King, and Phnom Penh on our agenda. However, we are struggling with a couple of ideas and would appreciate some input.
Malaysian: Banana Leaf, Tamarind Hill or someplace else?
Dim Sum: We are taking the SkyTrain from our hotel area to the airport to meet with some US and Canadian government officials (we're spies). Anyway, since we will be near/at Richmond, we thought Dim Sum might be a find choice for lunch. The hubby is more adventurous than I am so a place near the SkyTrain that has traditional and maybe a few surprised on the Dim Sum menu might be nice, but if something truly traditional is best, that works, too. We don't care if it is carts or table service (we enjoy both).
Vancouverish: So, if we take Asian out of the equation, what restaurant would you recommend for a nice dinner out that represents Vancouver. Could be PNW, could be seafood, could be a steakhouse. We are open to any suggestions.
Chinese: The Chinese food scene in Phoenix is sorely lacking compared to Vancouver. The trade off is great Mexican food here. So, we are looking for something that you can't get in Phoenix, which is pretty much any style. However, we are somewhat fascinated by unique styles of Chinese cooking (we adored the Islamic Chinese restaurant in Orange County, CA). I have noticed Bejing, Tiawanese, etc. Any suggestions would be wonderful.
Something special: Could be anywhere including a little traveling distance outside of the Vancouver metro area (we will have a vehicle). Maybe a little out of the way place with great food and service and just a fine evening out. Definitely not someplace typical tourists would go.
Thank you in advance for any input. It will be greatly appreciated.
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