Planning a visit to Vancouver and looking forward to sampling some of the city’s finest – but not looking forward to playing hit and miss? Well, relax and allow me to guide you through some of the city’s tastiest treats.
Here are the Top 11 Things I’ve Been Eating in Vancouver:
PEACEFUL BEEF ROLL AT PEACEFUL RESTAURANT
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, its five-spice, hoisin-laced beef rolled in crispy onion flatbread. The restaurant focuses on northern Chinese dishes, more robust and intensely flavored than their southern counterparts. Lots to like on the menu but the peaceful beef roll leads the list.
CACHETA AND LENGUA TACOS AT La Taqueria
Vancouver’s best taco place (Sorry. Nowhere else comes even close.) offers up a varied and delicious selection. My favorites are the tender and tasty cacheta (braised beef cheeks) and lengua (braised beef tongue). If you’re feeling less adventurous, go with pollo con mole or pescado (grilled fish), then wash it down with a horchata or Mexican coke.
SALTED CARAMEL CREAM PUFF AT Beta 5
This place specializes in chocolate, but they do so many other things well – like their irresistible salted caramel cream puff, a perfect marriage of sweet and salty, crisp and creamy.
ABURI SALMON OSHI SUSHI AT Downtown Vancouver Japanese Restaurant – Miku Restaurant
Local salmon pressed and dressed with Miku special sauce, topped with jalapeno then grilled topside using a blowtorch and charcoal. Whenever I go with first-timers, I always order two rolls (at least) because I know that one won’t be enough.
SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM AT FAT DRAGON BAR-B-Q
The greatest soft serve I’ve ever had available in a variety of inspired daily flavors. My favorite (surprise surprise) = the delightfully refreshing cucumber!
CHOCOLATE PUDDING AT Fable Restaurant | From Farm to Table
Former Top Chef Canada contestant Curtis Luk makes some amazing desserts (including kick-ass macarons), but his chocolate pudding is my go-to after-dinner treat. A brilliant balance of tastes and textures.
CHOCOLATE ZEPPOLE AT Giovane cafe + bakery + deli: a stunning cafe & retail emporium …
A chocoholic’s dream bomb: cream on the inside, ganache on the outside. Bring back-up!
PORCHETTA AT Meat & Bread
Juicy slow-roasted pork, crunchy crackling, and salsa verde served on a ciabatta roll. We’ve gone so many times of late that Akemi has declared a temporary moratorium on near future visits. I’ve already got a plan to work around the embargo.
BANANA CHOCOLATES AT Beta 5
The impressively-thin shell possesses a great chocolaty snap, giving way to fantastic banana interior. I’m a huge fan of this particular flavor combination and have tried many variations. My all-time favorites are those offered at Le Chocolat de H in Tokyo (ル ショコラ ドゥ アッシュ_) and Beta 5′s version.
SPAGHETTI AT CAMPAGNOLO ROMA
Having grown up in an Italian household, I’m incredibly picky when it comes to pasta, especially spaghetti, so the fact that Campagnolo Roma’s version is on this list says a lot about the dish. Perfectly cooked to a toothsome al dente and served with luscious tomato sauce and a touch of fresh basil.
CARROT CAKE AT cadeaux bakery
I’m a sucker for carrot cake and, after an in-depth (and thoroughly delicious) search, I’ve found my favorite. But Cadeaux Bakery in Gastown offers more than just carrot cake – which is why, every time I go, we end up sitting down to a good half-dozen heavenly creations.