I'm vising from the Los Angeles area in a couple of weeks for work in North Van.
1. I fly in to YVR around noon on a Sunday, and saving my appetite for a stellar dim sum experience in Richmond. Coming from L.A. where we have lots of excellent dim sum. I keep hearing Vancouver's Chinese scene exceeds what I have at home. Which places focus on innovative dim sum that you can't get anywhere else?
2. I head up to North Van in the afternoon to meet the client. Will spend a couple of days near Lonsdale Quay, so would like some advice for great lunch options in that area.
3. After work, will drive anywhere for dinner that highlights exceptional seafood. Can't be in Vancouver and miss out on amazing seafood. It can be any cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, whatever. When you think exceptional seafood, who's on your short list?
I have not booked my hotel yet. If I were to book it based on which neighborhoods can reliably dish out great food at any time of day, where would you recommend? Bear in mind I don't know the region at all, so a little orientation would be useful.
I would like a neighborhood where I can head out at 7 am and hit a great coffee shop or bakery for breakfast before driving over to North Van, then come back and eat a great dinner. As long as the drive to Lonsdale Quay is within say 30 minutes at 7am, any neighborhood is fair game.