Greetings Vancouver Hounds!
I am very excited to be coming to Vancouver for the first time in several years, and I was hoping for some help in making some food decisions. Unfortunately, I have limited time. I also will eat anything, but in particular look forward to eating some decent sushi and soup dumplings, which are hard to find in Montreal. I also love British Isle type foods, which are very hard to find in Montreal. Would love your suggestions. Here is the Itinerary so far, but it is subject to change depending on availability of family and friends.
Fly in Wed. morning, weather permitting. I would love a suggestion for a lunch in Downtown, open to suggestions of anything good.
I would love suggestions for a good coffee joint for Wed. Afternoon. Is Artigiano my best bet for a quality cup of java?
Wed. early evening: This may be my only chance to eat in Vancouver proper. I am torn. I am craving good sushi, and I see that Octopus's garden is closed Wed. I am considering Lime or Tojo (I have eaten at Tojo in the past and loved it). I am intrigued by the homemade noodles at Lime, I always love noodles. But here is my dilemma. I would also love to try the Izakaya joints as well, as we have no such experience in Montreal. What do I do? I have this half-crazed idea of hitting a sushi joint, trying to eat moderately, then trying to get in a few stops at the Izakaya places as well. Is this too much food? Would this take too much time? Complicating the matter is the fact that I am staying on Bowen Island Wed night, and so I'll have to get a ferry earlier rather than later to get to Bowen. I would love opinions on whether I should go for the sushi, or if I should do the izakaya thing.
I am likely going to try Shanghai River Restaurant in Richmond on Thursday for lunch, for soup dumplings. I have heard very good things about this place from a Chinese friend of mine. But I am open to suggestions. In particular, I search out soup dumplings filled with delicious broth and with thin wrappers.
I then head up to Whistler for a few days, and I was wondering if there are any suggestions of good places to eat in Whistler. I recall having sushi up there that was very good, maybe if I can't get sushi in Vancouver proper due to lack of time, do you think I could make up for it in Whistler? Also, any suggestions for nice lunches in Whistler would be greatly appreciated.
Sunday looks like it might be busy with family visits. I will be out in the White Rock region. Any suggestions for a nice simple lunch on Monday before I head to the airport?
It is a little bit of a crazy itinerary! And I guess I am actually spending very little time in Vancouver proper. Very sad about that, I will have to head out again sometime when I am less booked up and eat proper.
I am very open to any type of cuisine, although I do get very good french food in my home town, so I am less interested in that. I do love eating locally when can, so if there are any nice suggestions that might be open for lunches (when I have the greatest flexibility), it would be great. I am also always interested in Vancouver specialties, sweet or savoury. Thanks very much for your help!