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Portlanders in B.C. (Vancouver Edition)

BroAdam | Sep 26, 201111:12 PM

Hi folks -

My girlfriend and I are doing a little trip up to Canada next week, ending withthree nights and two days in Vancouver. This board has been a tremendous help, but I had a few questions ... these are the Vancouver ones. :)

Just as background, we're coming up from Portland, OR. What Portland does well: food trucks, Vietnamese, Thai, "this egg came from a chicken named Pam who we keep in the back, would you like to meet her before you order?". What Portland doesn't do well: Any Asian that isn't Vietnamese or Thai, very high end (not populous enough).

For us in particular: we're not big fans of long waits, we tend to prefer white cloth to vinyl, and authenticity is not a particularly big concern. We will have a car and metro passes.

This will be my girlfriend's first trip to Vancouver. I was in your lovely town most recently in 2004, so I'm guessing the places I have vague memories of have changed or gone out of business. Just in case, though, I remember enjoying (but not being overwhelmed by) a Malaysian place downtown that did a fried chicken dish that was pretty darn good. The place I wish I could remember was in Richmond. It was on the second floor of a little complex (you walked up steps outside the restaurant). White cloth but midscale (we went there after being frightened by the prices of a place close by). Had some very good chicken wings stuffed with glass noodles and veggies of some sort. The thing I most remember was an amazing salt and pepper cod (I think it was cod; possibly some other white fish), which the waiter went on and on about ("It's the specialty of the house! Our specialty!") until we ordered it. Any chance anyone knowswhat I'm talking about? I realize I'm giving very little information, but Ithought I'd try. It was on or just near the main drag in Richmond.

Anyways, given the weakness of the Chinese food market in Portland, we're pretty much planning on gorging ourselves on Chinese while we're there. Having now spent a couple days with the boards here and elsewhere I'm ... confused. :) Way too many choices!

Alvin Garden seems to get a lot of nods. I know very little about Hunanese, and can't find a menu online. Any "easy" suggestions to start us off?

Peaceful Restaurant has some things that look wonderful, but their menu also looks a little scarily Westernized ... should I ignore that reservation and just order us a bunch of noodle dishes?

Is Good Choice better for Dim Sum or dinner? Is there somewhere else weshould go? Jade Seafood also appears like its a Chowhound favorite for dim sum.

Moving outside Chinese into broader Asian: Any really good, non-traditional sushi places? (I.e., places that go beyond the same nigiri and roll menu everyone else has) Bonus points for oshizushi / hako-zushi? Skip the izakayas unless they meet the previous criteria. :) Any fantastic Malaysian places?

Assuming we need breaks from the pan-Asian festival we're both looking forward to:

Bella Gelataria: As good as it sounds? Very near our hotel, so much gelato may be had ...

Patisserie Le Beau: Piques my interest, but looks like a chain ... is it a really good chain, or should we skip it?

And if we really break ... what's the Chowhound view of Salt? Would it work as a lunch place?

Alvin Garden
4850 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J, CA

The Jade Seafood Restaurant
8511 Alexandra Rd, Richmond, BC V6X1C3, CA

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