The Dishes is a repeating Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included.
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
Since I’m usually working I’ll always go for our Chicken Karaage & Waffle dish at Egg & Co, but on my day off you can find me going to two spots. The first one would be Tommy’s Cafe for “The Hippy”. While not practicing a vegetarian diet, I just love the pesto tofu scramble with miso gravy. However, it wouldn’t be a successful visit without ordering the Tijuana or Ukrainian perogies. My second stop, especially on the weekend, would be venturing out for dim sum. A must-try would be the sticky rice stuffed chicken wings from Chef Tony.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Living in North Vancouver, I love walking down to The Lift and snagging a spot on their cute outdoor patio. Sipping on a chai tea latte, reading a book and people watching is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
If I’m on the go, I’ll stop at Ba-Le Deli & Bakery for a Namwich (Vietnamese sandwich). I would highly recommend getting the #2 or #5! If I have time to sit, especially on a typical rainy Vancouver day, I’ll head into Benkei Noodle Shop for their Akaoni Ramen (the spicier the better).
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
Can’t go wrong with $1 oysters and an extra dirty martini from Rodney’s Oyster House, but if I’m in need of a feast I’ll go to Gyu-Kaku for their unreal grill-it-yourself Japanese barbecue. Their cheap and extra cold Sapporos help wash it all down!
What’s for dinner?
Who wants barbecue? I do! Chinatown BBQ it is. Bbq pork, bbq duck, crispy pork. They have got it all! Order some Gai Lan with garlic oil as a side and do not forget the ginger scallion sauce (from the heavens). They also have a fantastic hot lychee herbal tea.
What’s for dessert?
I’m not the biggest dessert fan, so my go-to is usually bubble tea. I love visiting Xing Fu Tang on Cambie. You can watch them make tapioca pearls while you wait. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea, also on Cambie, has an amazing hot/cold tea selection too.