Our Gypsy Mary Wells’s favorite Vancouver restaurants. Personally researched!
C Restaurant, 1600 Howe St. Stunning décor, right on the water at False Creek, chic but healthy approach to eating perfect fish.
Market, 1128 West Georgia St. in the new Shangri-La Hotel. The chef is the great Jean-Georges. Doesn’t get much better in this world. Talent and luxe galore. Most men are in ties. Lots of lovely women. Dancy-prancy bar.
Cioppino’s, 1133 Hamilton St. in Yaletown. Pino Posteraro has been wowing culinary experts and all the celebrities that love Italian food for some time and rarely fails. It’s a feel-good place.
Blue Water Café, 1095 Hamilton St. in Yaletown. Reputation for fish so fresh it is still flapping when it arrives at the table. Also for high quality and meticulous preparation of anything raw. Great sushi. Light sablefish – just as it should be.
Vij’s, 1480 West 11th Ave. Extraordinary Indian restaurant that interprets local food with Indian cooking by an all-female staff. Fine service but it doesn’t take reservations creating crazy-making lines. You make a few new friends standing there.
Tojo’s, 1133 West Broadway in Kitsilano. Likely the best and oddest Japanese restaurant you have experienced. Great sushi bar. Hidekazu Tojo is a genius , every star in town comes at least once. Try the smoked black cod in his unique sauce. Expensive. Worth it.
Sun Sui Wah, 3888 Main St. This is the huge Chinese restaurant that was voted No. 1 restaurant in Vancouver. It’s NOT my No. 1, but it is good and it’s an experience . It competes with Kirin Seafood Restaurant, 555 West 12th St., with its light Cantonese cooking – some think it’s among the best in the world. One of my pets. But I think I like Shanghai River best. A handsome restaurant in an office building, 110-7831 Westminster Highway in Richmond. Soup dumplings float, black vinegar spare ribs give you religious feelings of gratefulness. Yum.
Bishop’s, 2183 West Fourth Ave. You drive up to this little house and you know it can’t be Bishop’s. Inside you change your mind instantly. Very well-done, well-run restaurant. Classy place. Take your good manners. One of those places that leaves you content, calm, satisfied.
La Quercia, 3689 West Fourth Ave. in Kitsilano, is smallish with good service. Not expensive but the pastas taste expensive and the risotto is very, very good. Addictive place.
Lift, 333 Menchions Mews in Coal Harbor. Fun, hip place with fish and chips, great for lunch. See where the wealthy live, enjoy the boats and Stanley Park and the seals and the rowers and, in the evening, a flirtatious bar. Spring’s first sun falls on the terraces here.
Nu Restaurant, 1661 Granville St., across the terraces to C Restaurant. Go for Sunday brunch when there is cheery live music.
Bacchus Hotel Lounge, 845 Hornby St. in the Wedgwood Hotel. Eat in the comfortable lounge evenings with the sexy piano music.
Vancouver is making multi movies every day. Hollywooders often stay at the Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St., near the museum. I haven’t figured out why yet.
Yew Restaurant, 791 West Georgia St. at the Four Seasons, is great for lunch. Interesting place, very good service and lunch menu is right and not slow. Very comfy.
A personal Gypsy note: Vancouver does not charge New York, Los Angeles or Chicago – or London – prices. It is still reasonable. For a while. It has become super cool. Also, I have received 24 e-mails telling me I forgot one important restaurant: Lumiere. Haven’t been there but it will be my first outing when I arrive in Vancouver.