Thanks to all the CH posters (particularly fmed) for your very helpful ideas on good chow in Vancouver. My wife and I spent a wonderful week in your beautiful city and enjoyed the people and surroundings as well as some very good food. Some highlights:
Salt. I loved not only the terrific food and wine, but the passion for both displayed by the people serving us. Each item was described in loving detail, significantly increasing our enjoyment. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Vij's. After having a very tasty drink next door, at Rangoli (we didn't realize at first that there were two separate restaurants), we decided to wait an hour to be seated at Vij's. We were not disappointed--not by a long shot! First, the appetizers that were continually passed were fresh, delicious, and greatly appreciated. Then, once we were seated, we decided to take the advice of other posters and stick to appetizers. What a treat! Our favorites were the jackfruit in black cardamom and cumin masala and the mutton kebabs with curry. Fantastic. Complex and scintillating flavors. I wish I could get Indian food like this in St. Louis
Red Fish Blue Fish (Victoria) and Go Fish. I think of these two places together because they both seem to operate on the same principle: focus on serving fresh seafood simply prepared and don't worry about creature comforts. Fine by me. I was happy to sit on a plastic chair and chow down on incredibly tasty chowders at both places, as well as other delicious seafood preparations. We went to Go Fish twice and were happy to wait in a fairly long line on Saturday afternoon.
We also had good meals at Chambar and Le Marrakech.
Thanks to all of those Vancouverites who welcomed us so warmly and fed us so well.