For 2015, Restaurant Roundup is going with the theme: Where To Eat This Weekend. Every other week we'll be profiling a different city in Canada with a list of great dining recommendations for you to check out — from fancy to hole in the wall and everything in between! This week, VanFoodies.com shares some of their favourite Vancouver restaurants for the next time you're wondering Where To Eat in Vancouver This Weekend.
Brunch/Lunch in Vancouver
Tuc Craft Kitchen
60 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tuc Craft Kitchen has become one of my favourite restaurants since my first visit a couple of years ago. Dinner there is fabulous, and brunch is just as good. You must order their Crispy Chicken and Waffles; the waffles are fluffy, paired with a generous portion of crispy, nicely fried chicken. And don’t forget some Crispy Bacon and Egg and Pork Belly Crackling on the side! Tuc website
The Teahouse in Stanley Park
Ferguson Point at Stanley Park
The Teahouse is a great location for special occasions. In fact, my husband proposed on the lawn right outside of the restaurant, and then we celebrated with our closest friends over a lovely brunch at the restaurant. Steak and Eggs, Smoked Salmon Raft and Smoked Salmon Flatbread are a few dishes that I’ve tried and thoroughly enjoyed. While you’re there, remember to take in the gorgeous view of the ocean. The Teahouse website
Kirin Restaurant at the Starlight Casino
350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
My family and I love coming to this Kirin location for dim sum. It’s spacious, the service is friendly, and the quality is consistently good. In my mind, they serve some of the best shrimp dumplings in the Lower Mainland, and that’s a must-have when going for dim sum. In addition to Pork Dumplings (Siu Mai) and Beef Balls, I’d also suggest ordering the Egg Shatters (Dan San), Deep Fried Chicken Joint Cartilage, and Steamed Rice Roll with Minced Fish Meat Bean Curd Roll. Reservations are highly recommended for weekends.
Dinner in Vancouver
Suika Japanese Restaurant
1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
While most people are more aware of its sister restaurant, Kingyo, I’ve fallen in love with Suika. It has lots of energy, unique decor (check out the light fixtures made out of Japanese liquor bottles!), an interesting cocktail menu and of course an exciting food menu. I love the Corn Kakiage, Beef Short Rib and the Spicy Hellz Chicken. If you’re an adventurous eater, order the tonsoku, a crispy pork foot sautéed in soy butter. Suika website
1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Led by former Top Chef Canada participant Michael Robbins, a dinner at AnnaLena is not only a feast for the belly, but also for the eyes. I like that some dishes are a modern, elevated take on a classic — Cured Salmon is a deconstructed lox and bagel, and Grilled Octopus helps elevate the ordinary potato salad. The plates are colourful and carefully put together. The level of attention to detail is very impressive. AnnaLena website
Ask For Luigi
305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
I don’t usually eat a lot of carbs, but the fresh pasta at Ask For Luigi has won me over. Pasta is cooked to perfect al dente, and the various pasta dishes are rich, luscious and satisfying. Even though it’s individual servings, the dishes here are perfect for sharing. The restaurant doesn’t accept reservations, so it’s best to arrive early.
Sweets to Finish
Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries
2611 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver
It’s like going to a candy store when you set foot in Sweet Obsession! Whether they’re full-size cakes or individual mini cakes, they’re nicely presented and my mouth drools just staring at the display case. I think you’ll enjoy St. Honore, Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream, and Chocolate Hazelnut Zuccotto, especially if you like rich, decadent cakes. Sweet Obsession website
Adorabelle Tea Room
12051 Third Avenue, Richmond
Located at a heritage site in Steveston, where it once was the townhall for residents to get together, Adorabelle has since been transformed into a cute, elegant tea room. Staff there serve you with a white glove on, a subtle touch that adds even more elegance to the overall experience. Every item on the three-tier tower is thoughtfully and beautifully assembled and plated. Adorabelle website
The BBT Shop
#105 - 4651 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Growing up in Hong Kong, bubble waffle is no stranger to me, but The BBT Shop has introduced me to a wide range of possibilities in bubble waffle. Oreo, Matcha Red Bean, S’more and Red Velvet are just a few intriguing flavours off its menu. The texture of the bubble waffle is more on the cakey side, but it’s even more fitting as a dessert than a traditional street snack.
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Joyce has been the face of VanFoodies.com since 2009. A petite girl with a big appetite, she's always searching for good eats, from high-end restaurants to neighbourhood gems, to food carts and street vendors. She also enjoys a trip to the Okanagan wineries and local craft breweries. Never shy about trying new things, Joyce’s foodie motto is "I'll try anything once." Follow her @vanfoodies on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.