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We scoped out the City of Glass have found a pair of Forbes Travel Guide Star-Rated restaurants sure to satisfy any hunger on your next trip to Vancouver.
Sharped-edged and modern, Bishop’s is a haven for West-Coast continental cuisine and focuses on seasonal, organic and locally-sourced seafood. In addition to being somewhat of a hotspot for celebrity sightings, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant offers an impressive range of wines by the glass and by the half-bottle. Be on the lookout for John Bishop who is not only the chef behind the eatery’s cuisine but also a cordial host.
Located in Vancouver’s South Granville neighborhood, West offers eclectic dishes with seasonal ingredients and an ambience that makes it easy to lose yourself for quite some time while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Chic (and hungry) travelers can’t go wrong with this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant and its Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Vancouver's dining scene is vibrant, experimental and overflowing with culinary talent. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients, a heavy dose of West Coast influence and thoughtful menus satiate the heartiest appetites — and the most curious palates. Fine dining is marked by a few heavyweights, including the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated West and perennial favourite Bishop's, also a Four-Star restaurant. Newer to the scene, but no less noteworthy, is the impeccable Hawksworth. Every part of the Hawksworth dining experience is truly special, from the iridescent and modern space with custom artwork (pictured) to the expansive but approachable wine list and, finally, the incredible food, like the unabashedely popular Pacific sablefish with daikon.
For a less formal (but no less delicious) experience, Vancouver is home to dozens of exciting and modern spots like Chambar (Belgian mussels and frites), La Quercia (a tiny neighbourhood spot serving up inventive Italian dishes), L’Abattoir (renowed for its fresh cocktails and innovate French cuisine with a West Coast influence) and of course, pizza. Neapolitan pizza has overtaken Vancouver’s dining scene – and people can't seem to get enough of this traditional and artisinal cuisine; top spots to indulge include Via Tevere and Nicli Antica Pizzeria.
For fine dining, my top picks are Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star West and Hawksworth, which both offer innovative regional cuisine and first-rate service. Diva at the Met flies under the radar, but chef Hamid Salimian’s tasting menus are wildly creative.
In Gastown, which has become Vancouver’s most interesting dining neighborhood, you’ll find excellent contemporary fare and cocktails at Boneta and L’Abbatoir.
Expect to stand in line at Vij’s (they don’t take reservations, even from celebs or billionaires), but the innovative Indian fare and warm welcome from owner Vikram Vij are worth the hassle.