I've only been to Vancouver once before and I'm looking for a nice place to have oysters on the half shell. It sounds like the places to go are Blue Water Cafe, Joe Fortes, or Rodney's. What would you recommend for the highest quality local oysters? We'd probably prefer somewhere that we can just order from the bar, as we wouldn't be eating a whole meal. As for izakayas, I've enjoyed guu in the past, although a friend took me and I couldn't tell you for the life of myself which location it was. I'm not sure of the timing on all this - We'll be in Vancouver all day but these places seem to be mostly evening places. I have read that it is possible to go to Vij's around 9 and it's not too bad - is this possible on a Sat night or do we need to get there at 5? Could you recommend an izakaya that would be open around lunch time? I'm assuming the atmosphere would be somewhat different but that's ok as long as the food is good!
We'll probably start our day in Stanley park and we'll have a car but I guess we'd like to try to minimize driving all over the place as much as possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.