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SF chowhound - Long Trip Report - Vancouver and Whistler

osho | Dec 1, 201011:27 AM

Thanks to all of you who responded and commented on my original post a long time ago and more recently as well.

Overall a great trip - some great food experiences and some not so great.


Dinner: Four Seasons Vancouver Room Service

We ordered a pizza Margerita from room service at the Four Seasons - truly awful - we ended up sending back the pizza, it was covered in a gooey mess of tasteless cheese and the sauce lacked flavour.

I called the concierge and asked if the chef was the same for room service and Yew and the answer was yes. So that prevented us from ordering or eating anything at all at the hotel.


Breakfast: Cafe Medina

My wife had the fricasse - fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula, applewood cheddar with Grilled foccacia.

I had the paella - roasted corn and bell pepper , chorizo, tomato salad and grana with an egg in the center - loved it - absolutely divine.

I also ordered the soup of the day - s'posed to be tomato with squash but tasted like sweet potato - not terrible but I would not order it again.

They gave us a very uncomfortable high chair for our daughter - which was pretty much useless - we had to seat her on our laps alternately during the meal.

Lunch : Thai Basil

Armed with grayelf's rec, I schlepped it over to Thurlow and Davie and I ordered pad mee, pad kee mao and Thai Basil Ramen (!!) All were beyond excellent and can compete with the best we have in SF - for example - Lers Ros or Thai House Express.

Dinner: Izakaya crawl with grayelf, fmed and farman and one of his friends

My Fellow chowhounds from Vancouver were very good hosts and we visited the following locations of Guu - Guu Garden, Guu w/Garlic & Guu Original.

This was my best food experience of the entire trip. You guys have us beat hollow countless times over - when it comes to Izakayas.

We had a ton of interesting and delicious small plates (fmed calls them japatapas - I believe :-) ). fmed or grayelf - let me know if you would like me to start a thread about the crawl - don't want to steal your thunder.

I could not accompany the hounds to Zakkushi - I had a curfew ! Massive thanks to all three of you !!


Breakfast: Cafe Medina

This time I insisted on the back room - recalling grayelf's post from a year ago.

My wife loved the omelet du matin - she loved it - three veggies with some potatoes on the side (IIRC)

I had the La Sante - Soft Boiled egg, vine ripened tomato, olive tapenade, avocado, prosciutto, with grilled ciabatta - also excellent.

Lunch : Hawkers Delight (NOT) instead Bo Laksa King Bits and Bubbles

So I drove through all the snow and chaos to Hawkers Delight - only to find the place closed at lunch time ! There was a bunch of newspapers in the doorway and I feared the worst. Another person who parked right behind me, also showed up to pick up some food at HD and was astonished to note it was closed.

Sorry for the false alarm, Vancouver hounds. I was hoping it had not gone the way of Prayag Raj.

So I called the concierge and got the number for Bo Laksa King and drove over to E Hastings. I ordered the Tom Kha Ga, Nasi Goreng and Laksa. I polished off half the Tom Kha Ga onsite - and it just hit the spot - the best antidote for the weather.

On the way back I stopped off at Kafka for coffee - again an excellent rec from grayelf and fmed.

Unfortunately the nasi goreng was extremely greasy, verging on dare I say it - bland - and the Laksa was very dense almost like a Thai Curry - a bit disappointing.

Dinner : Whole Foods

I know, I know. Got a bunch of salads, veggies and roast chicken, some desserts from WF and called it a night.


Breakfast: Cafe Medina

I insisted on the back room this time also.

I had the omelet du matin which had a host of delicious veggies with a side of bacon - perfectly cooked with no colour on the omelet.

My wife ordered the fricasse again (!)
We also had a steaming cup of hot chocolate and Coffee Americano. Hot chocolate was exquisite.

Lunch: La Brasserie

Poutine and the Steak sandwich - another rec from grayelf - loved the food and the service.

Dinner: Pasta Lupino in Whistler

I drove over to Pasta Lupino in the late evening - it's a little eatery in the strip mall behind the main marketplace. Right next to the 7-11. They make their own bread, pasta and sauces on site.

I ordered a spinach pasta with basil tomato sauce, chicken parmigiana, and had a local honey lager and of all things - a thai chicken coconut soup - believe you me - the soup was delicious. The pasta was good - not great, as expected.

For the price though, I wasn't going to whinge.


Breakfast: Bistro at Four Seasons

I wanted to try Montagne Crepe but we were both very hungry so we decided to try the Bistro downstairs.

We strolled in at 11:30 am - only to realize they were now serving lunch instead of breakfast but the maitre d assured us he would check if we could be served breakfast instead and the answer thankfully was yes.

We had an enormous three egg omelet with loads of veggies since we were all a bit tapped out with the crazy amounts of meat we had at previous meals. Accompanied by a steaming bowl of Irish steel cut oats.

We were served a fantastic selection of French Marmalades - Bitter Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry and Apricot - my little daughter loved the apricot !

I can't recall what we did for lunch - must not have been memorable. :-)


Breakfast: Bistro at Four Seasons Whistler

Soft scrambled eggs with arugula, bell peppers, onions and spinach - again done to perfection and I have to say the eggs were really fresh and rich and I could taste the amazing yolk.

Service was very spotty on this day with us having to ask for sugar, marmalade and something else - which were all promptly delivered the previous day.

Lunch: Bistro at Four Seasons Whistler

For my late lunch after spending some time up on the mountain, I decided to ask for the burger made with organic free range Canadian beef and cooked local mushrooms instead of the portobello listed. Now this was a truly awesome burger. The patty was cooked medium rare - just as I asked for and the accompaniments were excellent fries with a coating of sea salt and mayo, ketchup and mustard on the side. Even the ketchup was very tasty. Just one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

My wife asked for something completely off the menu - a grilled chicken breast sandwich. They took about 30 minutes to make this and my wife loved the sandwich. She said it was perfection and her side of organic veggies was perfectly cooked and seasoned.

My daughter had mac and cheese and even that most simple of items was cooked perfectly and had a light garnish of chopped parsley and Parmesan and came with some garlic bread.

I think we skipped dinner !


Breakfast: Bistro at Four Seasons Whistler

Irish Steel Cut Oats with a brulee - served with french butter and a heap of raisins. This was really delicious.
Two egg omelet with crispy bacon and fried potatoes dusted with cajun seasoning and topped with scallions.

The omelet was served with our choice of bread - we asked for wheat but it looked suspiciously white - anyhow it was excellent.

Lunch: Meat and Bread - Gastown - Vancouver

At this Gastown trendy spot - we somehow managed to find parking and I snagged the famed porchetta and for the wife - the cheese sandwich. Both were ....... excellent. The pesto provides a perfect foil to the crunchy fatty and rich porchetta. My wife actually has two books in her personal collection, dedicated to sandwich making - she is somewhat of a fanatic. The cheese sandwich met with her approval as well - all in all - excellent choice except for the price - $17.50 before tip for two sandwiches was a little expensive.

Most of the establishments in Gastown seemed to be dinner only so we missed out on those because we’re just not into pacifying our toddler and trying to have a great dinner experience.

But there is always a next time!

Again - thanks to all of you for guiding us and we'll be back soon !

838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

La Brasserie
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

Prayag Raj
3293 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R5K4, CA

Bo Laksa King
4910 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R, CA

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