Food is love. If you’re looking to meet a modern-day forager, a creative with a flair for elevating the most basic of ingredients, someone with a zealous hunger for life, you may have an appetite for chefs. We consulted a few of our in-the-kitchen all-star friends to see where they frequent for a bite, outside of work. We’re not guaranteeing you’ll find love, but at least you’ll end up with a delicious meal and that’s just as good, right?
11 Bao Down
The masters of Asian-influenced “street food,” Bao Down’s steamed buns and funky, laid-back atmosphere draws in many chefs. They have two locations: Gastown, and Olympic Village.
10 Timber Vancouver
Chefs hit up Timber Gastropub on Robson St. for many reasons including and not limited to the super Canadian comfort-food focused menu, the beer, and the fact that they’re open late – great post-kitchen shift hangout.
9 Ask for Luigi
A tiny eatery in Railtown, Ask for Luigi delivers big-time when it comes to rustic and delicious, hand-made Italian fare. It’s no surprise it’s a hit amongst chefs.
A sure-fire way to impress a chef is with creativity and Suika Japanese Restaurant offers a menu filled with creatively curated bites.
Another thing chefs appreciate? Beautiful plating. Beautifully plated meat-focused dishes? Even better.
6 Freebird Chicken Shack
Although this chicken joint is just outside of Vancouver in New Westminster, it’s been featured on multiple Instagram accounts. This Asian-rotisserie fusion restaurant also belongs to the delicious Maenam, Longtail Kitchen, and Fat Mao Noodles famjam.
5 Irori Sushi
Irori Sushi on West 4th is the go-to sushi spot for fresh, good quality fish that delivers more on the traditional Japanese style. The chef’s omakase nigri set is something to behold.
4 Fat Mao Noodles
This casual noodle bar does Asian comfort food well, serving up bowlfuls of filling and flavourful noodles in a cool parlour setting.
3 Le Marche St. George
As described by one of our chef friends, Le Marche St. George is a great hangout “for a little R&R.”
2 Molli Café
The word authentic is attached to the majority of Mexican restaurants in Vancouver but Molli Café on Burrard is truly reminiscent of Mexican street food. A fresh source of inspiration and flavour for many chefs.
1 Zest Sushi
True to the name, Zest Sushi serves up contemporary Japanese cuisine with full gusto and creativity. The presentation is impressive and the service is just as good – which after a full day of catering to others, it’s nice to be taken care of while enjoying amazing food.