The original thread is : http://www.chowhound.com/topics/517572
I'll copy and paste my reply on the Pacific Northwest Board...
I too expect part of this thread to be detached and moved to the Western Canada forum. It should have happened by now....the moderators must be on an extended lunch break ;).
I'll just post some of my standard reccs:
High-end Sushi - Octopus's Garden, Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
High-end - West, Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Regional - Aurora, Boneta
Other faves - Chambar
While we have good sushi here, I suggest going to an izakaya or two - Guu, Hapa, Kingyo, etc. Most of our izakaya are clustered at a high concentration at Robson and Denman St downtown....which makes it possible to do a "hashigo sake" or ladder crawl....going from one izakaya to another. In North America, this is something you can do only in Vancouver and NYC's EV.
Along with over 20 Japanese izakaya, there are about a dozen Korean izakaya...it's really quite a great food scene. Have a look at my map from this thread http://www.chowhound.com/topics/478051 . Chowhound editor Lessley Andersen used it as a basis for her recent Chow article on Vancouver's izakaya scene (she, photographer Chris Rochelle, and I did a crawl in November): http://www.chow.com/stories/10980 .
And of course you should not miss Vancouver's Chinese cuisine. For Cantonese dim sum downtown - Kirin, Sun Sui Wah. But the real action is in Richmond where you have more regional Chinese options. I'll post some standard reccs - Shiang Garden, Top Shanghai, Golden Szechuan (make sure to tell them to do it "proper" - or else you will get North American Sichuan food), Fisherman's Terrace, Sea Harbour.
See you on the Western Canada Boards.