This is from last month but I thought I should share before my feeble memory collapsed under the weight of too many subsequent meals.
Had almost all winners on this past trip to Van. Tried Raincity Grill when we weren't hungry and it fit the bill. High quality ingredients, perfect view/service, small portions of West Coast Cuisine. Pacific NW cuisine at its best but a bit too fancy for what we usually are into.
Consistently Great: Montri's(new Prawn dish added to back page of menu was really spicy yet balanced). The most gracious restaurant that won't ever break your budget.
Sophie's for breakfast. Anytime we go anywhere else in Vancouver we're disappointed and angry. B.C. Salmon Burrito breakfast special was too good. Ashoura wheat breakfast is the perfect meal. Repeat there is nothing more satisfying in the world. Along with Eggspectation in Montreal our two favorite breakfast joints.
Bin 941, cramped but romantic if you've got the right seat. Exciting food, complicated by a mess of ingredients which I don't mind. Almost as good as the meeal we had at Bin 942 last trip. Probably would be even more fun if you drank unlike us.
New Places I'd love to go back: Haru(on Thurlow) for Sushi. Like being in someones well decorated home the fish is presented with such care and so fresh. The antithesis of Tojo's and that's a good thing.
En(Granville St.) more for their inventive fusion of french and japanese cooked cuisine than their Sushi. Lots of dishes browned/cooked by blowtorch at the Sushi bar.
Dim Sum at Kirin Seafood in the big mall on the hill. Bright shiny, expensive but delicious and a huge variety of dim sum! No carts which is better for us as we prefer to pick and choose at our own pace. Highlights: any of the steamed buns, the Chinese donut covered in rice (paper? damn I can't remember what that egg looking stuff is)and dried shrimp was a new taste chameleon. Looks like frosting tastes like the sea, yumm!Much better than what we got post-cart service at Sun Sui Wah.
Best Chowhoundish place:
Guu on Thurlow: Amazing Japanese frequented joint. There is just an exciting vibe in here and the food is just plain fun to me. I went right before closing everytime(around midnight) All of the dishes are reasonablly priced and smallish so you can try a lot. The rice with hijiki is comforting. Lots of fried root vegetable/potatoes and fish(a huge Salmon head came by on more than one night. Marinated pond smelt, Whole grilled king crab leg for 8 dollars cdn. Great okonomaki as well.
Magic Flute at the bottom of Robson near Capers. Tasty Japanese influenced sandwiches. All grilled. Good chicken with field greens. Bread could be heartier though.
Maybe we ordered wrong...
Shao-Lin noodle house: average, pancake soup was better than noodles Legendary Noodle on Main is much better. Tea ceremony was unceremonious. Very nice waitstaff though.
Banana Leaf: out of crab when I went, got curried fish that was boring, Long beans were spicy yet dull. coconut rice lacked much flavor. Second strike for us and we're out.
Korean place open late on Robson by the Magic Flute. Very authentic, I got some defatted beefy/ brothy thing, with many kimchees and condiments. Didn't care for any of it but I'm sure it's all my fault, really. Maybe that cup of rocksalt they included would have helped.
Brass Monkey on Davie, go for the cheap Martini's and stylish interior. The service is confused and annoyingly incompetent. Waiting about an hour for a meal in an uncrowded restaurant is uncalled for.
Enjoy! Three weeks until my next journey...