As far as culinary experiences go, 2017 was a memorable year. We are seriously spoiled when it comes to places to eat and drink. The following eateries need to be on your ‘must-try’ list for 2018:
1858 Commercial Drive
The new kid on the Drive, Spade is a gathering-hole for Italian-spirit coffee, drinks, meals, and treats. The brain-child of Sammy Piccolo, coffee master and owner of Prado Café, he did this eatery up real good. Pop in during the day for a fantastic brunch (the ‘Eggs in Purgotary’ are divine); at night, swing by for vino and Spade’s melanzane parmigiana. No meal here is complete without an order of Italian Nachos (actually the best thing ever made).
For more on Spade, check out our video!
47 W Hastings Street
Before there was hummus, there was balila. It’s an ancient, Middle-Eastern dish, served hot, and made up of chickpeas with garlic, salt, lemon juice, cumin and olive oil. It’s basically unblended hummus. Playing on this legendary dish, Balila Taste Kitchen has a buffet of different kinds of hummus to dip, wrap or put in a bowl – like beetroot and kale hummus, to spicy sausage hummus bowls, and cauliflower hummus bowls!
Literally, ALL of the hummus.
1601 Bayshore Drive
Welcome to Gatsby’s lounge (DiCaprio not included). Atmosphere, art, history, and contemporary cuisine make up H Tasting Lounge, one of Vancouver’s new hot spots, located inside the Westin Bayshore. Inspired by Howard Hughes (record-setting pilot, film producer, investor, and philanthropist – no biggie), the menu at H Tasting Lounge is fresh, innovative and creative and has some of the most beautiful and delicious cocktails.
We’re not sure if DiCaprio likes Scrambled Duck Egg, with Canadian sturgeon caviar and citrus whipped cream scramble, or a decadent Lobster Mac & Cheese, but we do!
1889 Powell Street
Middle Eastern restaurants and cafes have become the hottest places and are popping up everywhere. Aleph shines through with their beautifully designed eatery (perfect for the Gram), It’s a restaurant, bakery, café and bar that brings together old world recipes and bold new flavours to create good vibes and even better food.
Keep the traditions and break bread and share stories over creamy hummus and zaatar, shakshuka, butternut squash and halloumi, flatbreads — the list goes on.
2610 Main Street
Havana ooh na na, it’s all about the latin vibes at this colorful Main Street hang-out! Get lost in Cuban-inspired cocktails and plates and feel like you’re on a temporary vacation! If you have yet to try a Cubano sandwich, this is your chance (and it’s way better than the ones Havana).
Good morning Vancouver!! If you haven’t already come in to try one, here is one of our Cubano sandwiches to tempt you: smoked ham, lechon asado, dill pickle, house mustard and swiss cheese layered in a proper, housemade Cuban roll that gets pressed to order on a plancha. Vegan or Vegetarian? Don’t worry! We do a version that subs in braised jackfruit for the pork and it’s delicious if we don’t say so ourselves
39 Smithe Street
The Victor has probably been one of the most popular hotspots since opening, with everyone in the city wanting to check it out. As it’s one of Parq Vancouver’s new stellar restaurants, it’s known to draw crowd and some of the movers and shakers in the city. They offer an exceptional steak and seafood experience in a stunning atmosphere that will make you feel like royalty. Dine on delicacies from the Pacific Ocean like fresh oysters and sashimi, or feast on tomahawk steak and the harvest from the land!
Must try: Table-side torched aburi
1165 Mainland Street
If you aren’t vegan now, you might be after tasting MeeT’s food. It’s not all rabbit food – they have yummy things like the TeeM poutine (fries topped with savory cashew miso gravy, house feta, and mozzarella ), the Angry Burg (beer-battered burger tossed in a buffalo hot sauce, and topped with guacamole and a cool ranch dressing), and the Mac n’ Cheese – noodles smothered in cashew sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
1038 Canada Place
The food at Botanist has become a unanimous decision that it’s good – so good, they’ve won several awards (including Best New Restaurant in the Populist Awards) in just a few months. The food is as gorgeous as the space itself – designed by Ste Marie Design and Glasfurd & Walke, award-winning agencies. There are multiple vibes to choose from like a Pink Champagne area (a sleek and modern cocktail bar), and The Garden, a glass-walled space with over 50 plant species and an ideal brunch spot!
From the menu to the design, this restaurant truly is all about embracing natural beauty!
181 Carrall Street
Embrace your inner Ariel in shellfish booths (like you haven’t wanted to). An Instagrammer’s dream, Coquille Fine Seafood boasts 4,100-square-feet, in the heart of Gastown! Explore creative seafood and shellfish dishes, craft cocktails, craft beer, and local BC wines in an elegant and relaxed space.
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