I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend in Vancouver and dined at several famous/recommended establishments in the downtown area. I thought I would share my thoughts on these places for future tourists. Also, locals should feel free to correct me if you feel I had a off night.
Rodney's Oyster House - I visited Rodney's during low tide and had a dozen on the half shell. The oysters were fantastic though i must say that my waiter has an attitude problem. I asked him to recommend a sweeter variety to which he replies "buddy, they all come from the sea and are not sweet", the couple next to me asked for his favorite type and he simply answers "i like them all"
Guu with garlic - Automatic +1 for having tantakatan. The beef carpaccio and gyu tan were fantastic, tho more delicate than the usual izakaya fare that im used to. I can see the fried cartilage being a good drinks chaser, but for 1 person, its just too much fried stuff.
Banana leaf - Biggest disappointment of the trip. The curry for the roti canai is sweet instead of curry like. While singaporean laksa posts some resemblance to the original, it doesn't have enough coconut milk and the noodles are meesiam (skinny malaysian type) instead of the thick singaporean type.
Pour house - Fantastic bar with a focus on quality cocktails. I went on a Sunday night and they had a band playing. Extra points for having less common alcohol such as aperol. Highlight of the weekend.
Japadog - It was raining when I went so there's hardly anyone in line. I tried the kurobuta and okonomi. It is a very interesting take on hotdogs and vistors should definitely try it. Although I'm not sure if I would frequent the place if I actually lived in Vanoucouver. I do want to learn how to make the wasabi mayo, I can't imagine it to be very difficult.
That's my weekend trip in a nut shell. All in all a beautiful city and I can't wait to visit again.
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA
Rodney's Oyster House
1228 Hamilton, Vancouver, BC V6B2S8, CA