My 5 Favourite Vancouver Restaurants of All Time

I’m so far from perfect when it comes to my diet that sometimes I have to seek help from other nutritionists just to reverse the shit I’ve done to myself via the yums. It’s easy for me to give advice, but taking my own? Hah!!!

I’m spending the last few days here in Vancouver jotting things down in a food journal for a nutritionist back in Toronto. I don’t do it often (never, actually, unless someone makes me), but I love food journaling because I get to see all my problems right there on paper.

This week’s food choices and mood patterns are hilarious — cuz they’re so obvious — and yet I would have missed them completely had I not written them down. I highly recommend you take a moment to jot down your meals and moods for 3 whole days. You will be amazed by what you see.






MY 5 FAVOURITE VANCOUVER RESTO’S

In no particular order, here’s 5 reasons why I’ve neglected to eat a home-cooked meal in weeks. #FuckIt



The Area: Main Street, one of my favourite places in Van. This underrated strip of hipster-esque boutique restaurants and one-of-a-kind art shops boasts some of the city’s yummiest vegetarian restos. This particular vegetarian restaurant is a gold medal winner and a winner of Canada’s Ten Best New Restaurants.

The Menu: Swanky hipster vegetarian

The Feel: For better or for worse, the Acorn is 100% Pure Canadian Hipster.

What I love about it: The Rosewater Iced Tea: Rooibos Tea, Acorn Garden Lemon Balm, & Rosewater. It tasted like long-forgotten dandelion wishes and chronic low-grade heartache.

Favourite Dish: The “Brussels Sprouts,” a platter of Charred Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Smoked Onion Puree, Chestnuts, Chives, Mustard Seed Oil, Apple, & Fennel Frond. The smoked onion puree took the dish from “oh cool I had no idea Brussels Sprouts could taste so good” to “Sexy lumberjack musk coma.”

2. LEAR FAYE

The Area: The Drive (Commercial Drive), Vancouver’s trendy melting pot for LGBTs, environmentalists, authentic Italian eateries, espresso drinkers, and vegetarians alike. A definite must-visit.

The Menu: Modern eclectic tapas bar + cafe.

The Feel: This adorable cafe is charmingly rustic and warmly decorated in fir wood and raw steel. You wouldn’t believe that it fits 34 seats but it does so without being cramped.

What I love about it: They ban the use of laptops when times get busy so that you won’t have to lean against a wall to wolf down your coffee & sandwich while some asshole hogs an entire table with an empty mug of tea as he “edits” his latest “novel.”

Favourite dish: The Jalapeño Grilled Cheese: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and jalapeño cream cheese grilled to perfection between two pieces of whole grain toast from The Italian Centre, served on a block of wood with a side arugula salad. Greasy deliciousness.

3. THE TWISTED FORK

The Area: Downtown, near Grenville and Davie. The trendy gay village is not too far away, but neither is Hastings and what’s got to be the world’s biggest homeless population.

The Menu: French bistro, with a twist!

The Feel: Reminds me of Toronto’s Amnesia in that it’s casual but cool. At brunch you can find the work crowd mixed in with the flannel-shirt-n-marc-jacobs purse-crowd, and families too.

What I love about it: The brunch menu is amazing. Wild mushroom Scrambled Eggs, Banana-Stuffed Brioche French Toast, Gruyere baked eggs with sourdough toast, and mimosas for days. What’s extra special is their back room with a wall full of preserves made in-house! Pickled everything, and jam jam jam!

Favourite dish: A drink takes first place at this venue! The Brutus: House-pickled Brussels sprout and green bean garnish on the Twisted Fork’s own Caesar invention, done with hand-ground horseradish and fresh dill. I swapped the vodka for gin. Can’t beat that!

4. CHAU VEGGIE EXPRESS

The Area: Kensington Cedar Cottage, on Victoria Drive’s Vietnamese strip. A quiet, residential area dotted by Pho restaurants and beautiful parks.

The Menu: Vietnamese-gone-Vegetarian

The Feel: Rustic barn meets modern charm in this Vietnamese-inspired vegetarian restaurant. Sit at the communal table or along the windows on bar stools, or visit the adjacent cafe in the next room. Mason jars and self-serve water carafe adorn an armoire filled with condiments and cutlery so that you can grab what you’d like, pho-style.

What I Love About It: The names of the dishes. Moonlit Midnight Swim, Rickety Rickshaw Ride, Golden Temple, and Sliding Down the Sand Dunes, to name a few.

Favourite dish: Candlelit Lantern Down the River. The name alone makes me want to fly to Kyoto and throw myself in the Hirosawa-no-ike but if you’re looking for a vegan or vegetarian alternative to delicious ox-tail pho, this is it. I swapped the tofu for an egg and enjoyed this lotus-infused dish with a side of chrysanthemum-rose tea.

5. THE FISH COUNTER

The Area: Main Street, one of my favourite places in Van. This underrated strip of hipster-esque boutique restaurants and one-of-a-kind art shops boasts some of the city’s yummiest vegetarian restos. This particular vegetarian restaurant is a gold medal winner and a winner of Canada’s Ten Best New Restaurants.

The Menu: Swanky hipster vegetarian

The Feel: For better or for worse, the Acorn is 100% Pure Canadian Hipster.

What I love about it: The Rosewater Iced Tea: Rooibos Tea, Acorn Garden Lemon Balm, & Rosewater. It tasted like long-forgotten dandelion wishes and chronic low-grade heartache.

Favourite Dish: The “Brussels Sprouts,” a platter of Charred Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Smoked Onion Puree, Chestnuts, Chives, Mustard Seed Oil, Apple, & Fennel Frond. The smoked onion puree took the dish from “oh cool I had no idea Brussels Sprouts could taste so good” to “Sexy lumberjack musk coma.”

The Area: Riley Park/Main St., a thriving hub of unique boutiques, grocers, hipster restaurants, antique furniture, and locally-designed clothing shops.

The Menu: Fish and chips, the way God intended.

The Feel: Grab and go, or stand at the window-bar if you can’t wait till you get home to eat. This place is a boutique fish market and restaurant in one. It’s beautifully decorated with that oh-so-Canadian rustic charm. Wooden counters and benches, chalk-drawn menus on brown paper, and a fridge full of house-made specialities like crab cakes and potato salad.

What I love about it: A few things. 1. They stock the fridge with Godzilla drinks! (Phillips Soda Works Natural Soda with super vintage labels). I had to go back twice just for the sharp, tangy ginger-ale. 2. They have a variety of fish to try. The Ling Cod is a staff favourite. Don’t like cod? They’ve got halibut, wild salmon, and sturgeon too. You can try the oysters, calamari, and po’boys. 3. They’re sustainable and only serve Ocean Wisefish and 4. They serve NextJen gluten-free flour-battered fish using one of the only gluten-free fryers in town!

Favourite dish: The Ling Cod & Chips with a side of chipotle mayo & tartar sauce. *I would have loved to post a photo of this meal, wrapped in its wax paper blanket and tucked away in a little brown box, but I ate while walking home. In the rain. Best party-of-one ever.


I visited a ton of restaurants while being here in Vancouver for the past 4 months, but these guys stood out. They’re affordable and delicious, and neither pretentious nor dumpy. I highly recommend you try each one at least once when you ever find yourself in the area. And if you’ve already eaten here, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! Have any other suggestions? Share those too!

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