Just returned from our trip out west. A few highlights:
Guu with Garlic - after trolling this board and eGullet, this place was top of our list. OMG, what a delicious chowfind! We tried a gazillion of the small plates - shrimp with coriander and chile mayo, grilled pork belly with ponzu and green onion, fried calamari with sea salt, seared tuna tataki, guu spiced chicken wings and the list goes on and on. The next night, we still had Guu on the brain so we decided to try the Thurlow location. The decor is a bit darker/dingier but we were psyched nonetheless. After trying about 5 of the plates, we found that we just weren't getting wowed in the same way so we pulled out our umbrellas and walked back to the Robson location to churn through more of the menu. Friendly, affordable, delicious - can't wait for our next trip back (or perhaps a Guu Toronto location???).
Aurora Bistro - thanks to those who offered up suggestions for this spot, Seb's and The Hatch. Definitely a new neighbourhood for us to explore in Vancovuer (what is the name of this neighbourhood, by the way - looked quite cool as we drove a bit further north on Main). We drove by all of them - both The Hatch and Seb's had a bit of a line-up so we decided to try Aurora - it was perfect. I had the poached eggs on smoked sablefish/potato mash - I wasn't sure about the flavour combination but it totally worked. Hubby had the razor-thin slices of bacon and eggs with sourdough toast - also great. We couldn't resist the 5-spice mini donuts with plum sauce - we had 2 warm ones at the restaurant and took the rest back to our hotel where we nibbled them throughout the day.
Whistler - we were mostly cooking our own meals but I was curious to try the post-renovation Chef Bernard's - now called "Ciao Thyme" (bad name). Nothing too exciting about the new decor layout but the food is happily the same, solid, delicious chow that I remember from previous trips. I had a prawn and avocado salad with a thick green tangy dressing. Hubby had an amazing loaded sandwich.
And of course, we had a regular drip-feed of Caffe Artigiano lattes (and Portobello lattes in Whistler) to stave off the rainy chills.
Thanks for the suggestions - look forward to our next trip!