Cuisine is frequently categorized by its place of origin (Chinese food, anyone?), but in Vancouver, the latest dining trend doesn’t come from some exotic locale; it’s homegrown. Canadian cuisine — particularly in Vancouver — emphasizes ingredients that are grown, caught or raised nearby, while also nodding to Vancouver’s diverse cultural influences. (Take, for example, Edible Canada’s “East Meets West Oyster Sandwich,” which comes with chorizo relish and Asian slaw.) Pull up a chair at one of these neighborhood restaurants to see for yourself what this latest trend is all about.
Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
Spend an evening in Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown neighborhood, where you’ll find Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar, a unique restaurant in a 1912 heritage building with a menu full of modern Canadian cuisine. During the warmer months, the outdoor courtyard becomes a highly coveted dining spot, where guests can enjoy glowing candlelight and a romantic ambiance while eating locally sourced dishes like Fraser Valley Cornish Game Hen, Deep Bay Manila Clams and Vancouver Island Lingcod. Make sure to try a couple British Columbia wines from their extensive wine menu, which touts more than 60 wines by the glass.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
For authentic Canadian comfort food in a casual ambiance, this is the place. The Oakwood emphasizes local, sustainable ingredients (like organic, hormone-free meats and Ocean Wise seafood), and their chefs make everything from scratch, from the bread and pastas to the sauces.
Scoot into a booth by the blazing fireplace and take in the cozy details, like hanging lanterns and exposed brick walls. Start out the meal with an order of All Canadian Poutine: a northern staple consisting of fried Kennebec potatoe slices smothered in house-made brisket, cheese curds and gravy. Afterward, choose between hearty entrées such as strip loin steak with onion jam or herb potato gnocchi with fried sage. If only all home-cooked meals tasted this good.
Edible Canada Bistro
Edible Canada started out as a Vancouver-based tour company, providing an expert voice on the city’s vast and diverse culinary scene, especially on Granville Island. Although they still offer food tours, it was only a matter of time before Edible Canada found a new way to utilize their extensive local knowledge and love of food. The result was Edible Canada Bistro. This innovative eatery draws inspiration from the nearby Granville Island Public Market by offering seasonal dishes made from local ingredients, as well as Canadian-made beers and wines. Don’t miss their daily afternoon special, a dish of smoked Alberta bison short rib poutine with duck fat fries, smokehouse cheddar and horseradish jus.
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