Just wanted to say that this gal (and her husband) from San Francisco had some truly wonderful food in Vancouver last month. What a great foodie vacation! Would love to go back sometime soon.
Probably my favorite overall spot was Hapa Izakaya, am still pining for their coconut pudding (oh how I'd love the recipe) and wonderful Japanese food. Loved the noodles with vegetables and all the other morsels we tried. Great atmosphere, hip without seeming overly pleased with itself and reasonably priced. Just down the street from them, we enjoyed a nice meal at Gyoza King. Wasn't wild about the gyoza , but it was good and was a fun, low key place to hang out.
Tapas at Umami made for a great dinner and they could not have been nicer or more welcoming. We had a lovely waiter and enjoyed our delicious food (e.g. chicken wings were great). Didn't get a chance to have desert but they sounded good.
Blue Water was a disappointment, seemed overrated and too corporate of an atmosphere. It was our most expensive and least enjoyed meal although it was certainly not bad in absolute terms, just less than what we thought it would be.
Banana Leaf was delicious for Malaysian cuisine. The food was lovely - fantastic roti (another thing I'm still craving) and curries and very reasonably priced as well. Nice atmosphere
We loved the atmosphere at Vij's - stunning setting and good food.
Yummy noodles at Sha Lin - helio noodles with cucumbers and a yummy pork sauce. Reminescent of cold noodles with sesame sauce but even tastier. Yum! Very hole in the wall setting but delicious. Handmade noodles are always worth a special detour.
Le Crocodile was delicious - fantastic creamy onion tart and salmon tartare. Lovely refined setting. We had a great time at lunch on a rainy afternoon.
We were really impressed with the food and helpful hints from other chowhounds were much appreciated. I printed out endless pages of suggestions before our trip and they really came in handy. Thanks chowhounds!!!