On a recent trip to Vancouver, getting some Portuguese food was a priority, since I got to know and love it while living back in New England, and there is none, not even a scrap, here in Seattle.
We settled on Adega, on Main. It was Sunday noon - the place was empty, except for a party in the banquet room. The caldo verde I thought unexceptional. Even my own is more interesting. My wife's salad was chopped iceberg with bright orange dressing. But she liked the grilled sardines - simple, tasty. My seafood acorda featured overcooked shrimp, but was otherwise quite good. The clams were perfect. The kids liked the place for the breakfast served all day. I know there are other Portuguese places in Vancouver - how do they rate?
Also, we went to Roti Bistro. Again, not much Caribbean food in Seattle. The veggie roti was very dull, jerk chicken OK, pilau was better, but they were out of something like half the menu - plus, the house-made ginger beer didn't have quite the kick I'd expect. (To think, I used to get D&G back in Massachusetts for US$1.29/2 liters.) Again - how do other Carribean places rate?
That meal was preceded by drinks at Baru - we'd been sent there by the guys at Storm Brewing, as the only place in town currently pouring Storm's cherry lambic. The beer was fine, but one round of drinks (beer for us, pop for kids) exceeded our entire dinner tab at Roti Bistro! But the food menu did look good.
We liked Yaletown Brewing - service was good, kid-sensitive (they gave us a good table, left empty by a reservation no-show), my 4-year-old had big fun with the house magician. Food was good, beer was even better, and the price was reasonable - CN$55 for the 5 of us, including beer.
I've read mixed things here about Pink Pearl - we had lunch there, and liked it tremendously - head and shoulders better than the dim sum that's available here, which can be good, but isn't (yet) world-class. If there are even better dim sum places up there, I can't wait to return, esp. since this was my first visit since Expo in '86!