A few years ago I posted a question asking for recommendations for Vancouver, and got a lot of terrific responses that have steered me and my husband to some great food on multiple visits. Now we're looking for suggestions for places that we've missed for some reason or another. We're especially interested in places that serve different and/or better food than we can get in Seattle.
Here are some of the places we've been, and how we've liked them:
Vij/Rangoli: I know they're not universally loved on this board, but there's nothing remotely close to this (assertive spicing, high quality ingredients) where I live.
Xiao Long Bao at the Crystal Mall: Tasty, but not mind-blowing. The soup within the dumpling is kind of interesting, but the overall taste experience didn't wow us.
Huaxi Noodle specialist at the Crystal Mall: fantastic chewy noodles with pork belly.
Peaceful Restaurant: Really liked the Xi'an white lamb stew.
Guu with Garlic: Had a few small plates there, but it was too noisy for us (lots of people yelling, too loud for us to carry on a conversation at a normal volume) to really enjoy it. We'd be open to trying other izakayas, if there are any that are quieter.
Octopus Garden: we had a lovely meal there, and particularly liked the gindara.
Mondo Gelato: loved the black sesame gelato.
Cocoanymph, Schokolade, and Thomas Haas: I really love good chocolates.
Also, we are going to be in Victoria for a day or two. We'll have dinner at Sooke Harbour House. Any suggestions for good but not gut-busting meals in Victoria would be appreciated as well.
Edited to add: We have a car and are willing to drive fairly far for really good food.