An enviable weekend's eating and drinking in Vancouver by us, a couple of Calgarians.
Thursday night: dinner at Blue Water in Yaletown, and we had a lovely meal. Fantastic sashimi, the Queen Charlotte Sablefish was to die for .. and a wine list where the occasional bargain can be found, though for Albertans wine in BC always seems crazily expensive.
I'd heard Thomas Haas had gone to Blue Water from Diva: is this true? there were some wonderful desserts at our table, but my lemon tart was definitely too cold.
We had serviceable cajun on Granville at a Ouime Bistro (?) because we were too late for Vij's on Friday; next time. This was ok; not great.
Had coffee and a biscotti at Caffe Artigiano, and it's pretty good, but nowhere near as good as the coffee we had the next day, at Cafe Roma on Commercial Drive. CR apparently makes the best cappo in Vancouver, and it's hands down better than any other we had.
I agree about Memphis Blues: it's really good and inexpensive, and they do most of it right, including the pulled pork and the brisket (I liked the brisket better).I wonder, though, if the fries shouldn't be a bit crisper.
Also Guu on Robson at Thurlow: it's excellent, and I love the bustle of the place. It feels very dinerish.
Saffron on 4th and Macdonald: a very good breakfast, with homemade bread and jam for the toast, and Illy coffee.
I think all Canadian chowhounds should visit Vancouver at least once a year; we'll be making the pilgrimage again soon.