As if you were even getting close to checking all the boxes on your “must-try restaurant list”. There are new cafes, bistros and dessert spots opening all over town, here’s what people are getting most excited about:
1. Hook Sea Bar (1210 Denman St)
Hook Sea Bar is the new restaurant from Top Chef Canada contestant Kayla Dhaliwall and Blind Sparrow owner Michael Gayman. The menu cascades through unique coastal offerings like salmon belly tempura, tuna poke and lobster guacamole, making for the perfect laid back meal by the water.
2. Lucha Verde (1326 Davie St)
A Vegetarian twist on casual Mexican street food. Lucha Verde is packed with bold flavours and interesting ingredients. Fried halloumi tacos and smoked eggplant ceviche for the win!
3. Buckets Ice Cream (3330 Main St)
What sets Buckets apart from the pack however is their use of nitrogen, which imparts the ice cream with an extra smooth and creamy texture.
4. Bells & Whistles (3296 Fraser Street)
File this under “almost open”. Bells & Whistles comes from the team behind Gastown’s Wildebeest and promises the same indulgent food and friendly neighbourhood vibes.
5. Rhinofish Noodle Bar (550 Main St)
Specializing in Taiwanese beef noodle, Rhinofish is a unique addition to Vancouver’s noodle bar scene. The dish itself dates back to the Hui people in the Tang Dynasty (A.D 618-907) and is just as delicious today!
6. Umaluma (235 Pender St)
A super delicious, healthy, organic, non-dairy alternative to traditional Italian gelato. Go get it!
7. St. Lawrence (269 Powel St)
Classic French Canadian inspired cooking by Chef JC Poirier. Think rich, indulgent and perfectly balanced between refined and rustic.
8. Sen Pad Thai (1666 Johnston St)
Sen Pad Thai specializes in stir-fried pad thai noodles along with snacks and street food inspired sides. It comes from the same chef and team behind Maenam, Fat Mao, Longtail Kitchen and Freebird Chicken.
9. Chickpea (4298 Main St)
The vegetarian food truck has just opened their new brick and mortar location on Main St! Same great Lebanese/Mediterranean flavours as always, but they’re now totally vegan.
10. Oddity Kombucha (1863 Ontario St)
Want to enjoy happy hour while still keeping it healthy? Enjoy a glass of Kombucha instead at Oddity’s serene new location in Olympic Village.