i sent this email to chowhound but i guess if it might help the public forum with a discussion i'll put it up here:
heres my situation.
i've been here three weeks and i've got about three more weeks in vancouver.
would like to make the most of it.
i try hard not to sound like a food douchebag, but sometimes i can't
help but be disappointed...i think traveling and living in LA has
i just recently moved to barclay right next to stanley park (was
living main and 4th for the first three weeks)
(i've been to motomachi shokudo which is pretty good)
i have a car so i can go ANYWHERE
i want to get king crab one time (i know its off season, but might go to come together for 20.00/lb)
spot prawns til season is dead
i'll definitely eat at ajisai more (took me 3 weeks to find a good sushi joint).
any other sushi joints on par with ajisai, and a similar price point?
point of reference:
my old go to spot for sushi in 2003 was sakae sushi, and i dislike tojo's for their heavy sauces,
i might be misguided/misinformed but i find that the main superlative
food in vancouver is chinese food. (so far i've had kalvins szechuan,
suhang, lao shandong, come together, guilin noodle joint on victoria,
and fishermans terrace) all have been good. (want to try peacful
restaurant and probably lao sichuan).
its the only thing ive found that is/on par better than LA.
in general. most asian food is unbeatable in LA due to the immigrant numbers
curious about la quercia (but i'm thinking i might be disappointed
again (and with western/euro food in general), and i'm heading to new
york for half a year in july)
chambar maybe overrated? same with campagnolo? abbatoir? salt?
i liked lumiere when i was out here last in 2003 but that seems history.
vij's i dont remember what i ate back then.
any "only in vancouver/canada" favorite spots or dishes you'd
recommend? historical joints?
i've been to fritz for my first poutine experience. good!
and had smoked salmon from granville. anything else?
superlative examples of foods?
dont really care about trendy, decor, service.
i thought bao bei food was pretty dismal but i was expecting that.
and i found the food at nuba to be borderline inedible,
i am spoiled with excellent lebo/armenian food in LA.
i might head out to an island or okanagan for this long weekend so if
there is a short list of spots out there that would be awesome too.
i know this is asking a lot but i just thought i'd throw it out there.
cheers! and happy to return the favor with LA one of these days..