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SF Hound's Midtrip Vancouver Report (long)

liujenny | Mar 26, 200810:46 AM

We're hounds from San Francisco. We have been in Vancouver since last Saturday and I thought I would post a mid-trip report. Although I didn't post anything asking for advice, the resources here were already enough for us to fill our entire trip with really good eating!

So far, we've been to:
Kintaro Ramen
Benkei Ramen
Sun Sui Wah (Main St.) for dim sum
Sophie's Cosmic Cafe for brunch
Chocolate Art
Granville Island Market
Osake Artisan Makers

We really loved the ramen here so far!! Coming from San Francisco and Los Angeles where an abundance of good ramen reside, we were quite satisfied with the ramen we got here. The service was good, the ambiance was nice, but the soup and ramen were spectacular. Now we're really looking forward to our last stop at Motomachi. I'm not really an expert on ramen (just love it a lot), just wondering what area the ramens here are representative of? (like Hakata or something else??) One more thing, I really do think the chashu here is superior to at least San Francisco's, succulent and flavorful.

Sun Sui Wah was pretty good, the service above par for dim sum restaurants, but I didn't think that the food itself was as outstanding as I expected it to be (although it was enjoyable). Perhaps it was because we went to the Main St. location?? We plan to hit Sun Sui Wah again this week for the king crab special, any suggestions as to which location (or another restaurant??) The $13.80/lb price is one of the main attractions!

Sophie's Cosmic Cafe has good atmosphere, but the food was mediocre at best. Perhaps I was just skeptical after waiting so long on a Monday morning for food?

Chambar was one of the highlights of our trip so far!! The vibe was great, the food just heavenly and the service very courteous and knowledgeable, as I think I remembered someone saying, our water glass never even got to half empty! We had the scallop appetizer along with the foie gras terrine. For our entree, we shared the Moule-Frites Congolaise. Everything tasted terrific, the foie gras matched perfectly with the frozen berries and fried bread, the complexity of textures really brought out the richness of foie gras. For dessert, we got the Cafe, Cafe, Cafe which was a trio of coffee/chocolate gelee, cheesecake and donut on ganache. It was reasonably good, but just a tad sweet for me. We were going to get the jasmine tea infused cocktail, but they didn't do it anymore, so we went with the earl grey infused cocktail called Remember Vesper Lynn. Now, I'm not an expert on cocktails, but this was GOOD.

Chocolate Art's truffles were good, I can't write too much about them because we just ate them all too fast after we got them. Granville Market is fun to walk through and look at all the things we couldn't buy (bummer), all the meats and produce!!! Osake is such a cute place hidden on Granville Island, their premium nigori was my favorite.

I am quite impressed with all the food options here in Vancouver, what a great city!! Now, I have to continue my trip and try to hit all the spots that I planned for: Motomachi Shokudo, Sun Sui Wah for King Crab, Izakayas (Hapa, Kingyo, Zakkushi, Guu, not sure we'll be able to do all of these, but we'll do them in order I guess), Go Fish and Thomas Haas desserts. Will try to post some pictures later... please let me know if I'm missing any really good food!! Thanks~~

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