Vancouver Guide: 12 Top Places to Dine Now

Published October 24, 2022, in my The Bold Italic column:

View from my room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

After multiple visits to Vancouver the past few years, the city’s majestic water and mountain views make it a Canadian favorite and West Coast sister, down to its rich B.C. wine regions and seasonal ingredient focus. From nearby Whistler to Okanagan Valley, greater Vancouver holds some kindredship to California’s ease of mountains, bay, ocean, vineyards and farmland, all within easy access of a large city, though certainly with much colder climes.

My hotel pick is ever Fairmont Pacific Rim. Though I have stayed at some lovely boutqiue hotels in the city, Fairmont Pac Rim remains the most soothing, yet exciting in terms of restaurants, bars and art, and with killer views of surrounding water and mountains. The rooms are beauitfully outfitted and a vibrant Botanist martini (see below) in-room is a treat as one listens to customized playlists from the strong Fairmont team.

But these 12 either remain favorites over multiple visits, are notable newcomers or hold standout tastes. The highs — and, when relevant — lows of 12 Vancouver restaurants:

Article here:

AnnaLena’s morel spaghettini

Fine Dining Worthy With Low-Key Craft: Burdock & Co.
Mexican Soul, Global Flavors: Botanist at Fairmont Pacific Rim
Bold Flavors from Canada’s #1: Published on Main 
Quebecois Goodness: St. Lawrence
Better Than Ever: AnnaLena 
Vancouver Modern Day Classic Since 2010: L’Abattoir
Indian Food Legend: Vij’s
Seafood Haven: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Fried Chicken & Cocktails: Juke Fried Chicken & Bar Chickadee
Pressed, Flame-Seared Sushi: Miku Restaurant
Italian Elegance: Acquafarina
Peruvian Nikkei: Ancora, False Creek

Botanist at Fairmont Pacific Rim

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Miku’s pressed sushi
Published on Main’s side-striped prawns
Burdock & Co.’s cabbage with caviar