Vancouver is well known as a destination for international foodies. The multi culturalism that Vancouver is famous for extends to its restaurants.
And lunch is always a less expensive time to try a restaurant.
Here are some tried and true lunch spots - though many are great for either breakfast or dinner too.
On Vancouver's Northshore:
- Tamarind Hill 1440 Lonsdale Avenue Ph: 604-990-0111. Look for satays, curries, green papaya and mango salad to name a few for this Malaysian themed restaurant - brought to you by the same chef of Banana Leaf fame.
- The Edge Bistro in Edgemount Village (near the Grouse Grind) 3135 Edgemount Blvd. Ph: 604-985-9125. Look for Italian food in a friendly setting. Seafood served has the ocean wise guatantee.
- Thomas Haas 998 Harbourside Drive, Unit 128 Ph: 604-924-1847. (Closed Sunday and Monday) I miss this place terribly. It's a choclate shop first and foremost but it has a small bar and a few tables where you can sit outside. Lunch offerings are limited to sandwiches and baked goods - but the sandwiches are fantastic - and at $7.95 a good deal for the size and the quality of the incredients. Great lattes too.
- Red Chili 741 Lonsdale Avenue Ph: 604-986-2088. Szechuan style Chinese food is mostly very good, some would say the best on the northshore. Try the mu shu pork - the best I've ever had. It's usally very busy though service isn't always with a smile.
There are so many to choose from in the downtown core but here are some of my favourites.
- Bandidas Taqueria 2781 Commercial Drive Ph: 604-568-8224, This is a Mexican place with an edgy vibe. I took my niece who couldn't stop staring at people with multi coloured hair and multiple piercings. I loved the place - and the freshly made tortillas should win you over. Prices are reasonable and portions are big.
- Maenam 1929 West Fourth Ph: 604-730-5579. This is the place to go if you want authentic Thai food. Prices are on the high side but that's what happens when you get the best Thai food in town. Curries, stir fry's, salads and a mouthwatering list of appetizers will make the final decision on what to eat difficult.
- Acme Cafe 51 Hastings Street West (Gastown) Ph: 604-569-1022. Serving old favourites like a classic grilled cheese or meatloaf sandwich it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sit on a stool and watch the action. That way you can ponder your dessert choice. Homemade desserts look amazing.
- Nuba Resataurant There are four locations serving delicious authentic Lebanese cuisine. I always ended up at the one at 207B West Hastings Street - and ended up ordering the 'feast' to be split with another person. It's a filling vegertarian sampler of baba ganouj, hummous, taboulleh and fresh pita bread. Prices are reasonable too.
- The Naam 2724 West Fourth Avenue Ph: 604-738-7151. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Naam is a favourite hangout for Vancouver vegetarians. Look for a full range of creative salads, pita pizzas, Mexican inspired dishes, vege burgers in many forms, Thai noodle dishes and a whole lot more. The list is endless, the place is always busy and the food is consistently delicious.
- Rangoli 1488 West 11th Avenue Ph: 604-736-5711. The popular takeout and eatery sits right next door to the famous Vij's. They are both owned by the same person but Rangoli is like the poor cousin to Vij - still the same delicious Indian food but in a more relaxed setting. You can count on paneers and curries, samosas and kebabs. My mouth waters just thinking of this food. Prices are reasonable and you can purchase frozen dishes to take home too.
The list is endless but consider these restaurants a starting point for further culinary experimentation.
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