My mother and I are having a very rare long weekend together in Vancouver (no husbands or children) to celebrate my birthday and would love advice on where to eat. We'll be staying near Robson Street and would like a variety of suggestions -- good coffee/pastry shops for breakfast, pleasant lunch and dinner spots. We would probably do one good splurge for dinner but think more moderately for the other nights. We love good food and fun spots but would want to avoid spots that are too trendy, loud, or packed. We'll look forward to exploring the city but will be relying on cabs and public transport so won't be able to hit any real out of the way spots on this trip. I'm coming from Alaska and would love to have one classic French meal (none here in Anchorage) and would also love to have a great Chinese meal (lunch or dinner).
Appreciate any and all advice!