The Dishes 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?
The great Sunday morning is a Carbonara at Ask for Luigi in Railtown, especially when paired with a bicicletta. While you’re there, get the Stracciatella cheese starter.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
My favourite at the moment is Nemesis cafe and Dope bakehouse in the Polygon Art Gallery in North Vancouver. They are killing it. My go-to for years has been Prado on the Drive.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
Any chance I get to hit Harvest Community Foods in Chinatown, I do. The #31 has a chili, almond and hazelnut sauce that is something close to magic. I recommend not holding back with the chili oil they have on the tables. Another thing I love about Harvest is that it’s a mini-grocery store as well, so I like to grab any number of local and seasonal items while I’m there.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
Di Beppe in Gastown, 100%. Anytime a great Negroni is $8 I’ll take it. Their pickled veg on the happy hour menu is a great snack and if you are looking for an interested time, I recommend sitting on their street side patio, you won’t forget it.
Whose wine list never lets you down?
On the independent side, I would describe Andrea Carlson’s list at Burdock & Co. as amazingly curated and exciting. It’s always a great time going and trying something new. Our kitchen and offices are one block from The Mackenzie Room and those guys are also on point with their all-BC wine list. It’s never a bad decision to go sit at their bar after work.
What’s for dinner?
These days, with a 2-year old, dinner has a new meaning. It’s no longer multiple hour tasting menus in small, tight and busy restaurants. Having said that, I have a borderline addiction to Thai and Vietnamese food. You can’t go wrong with a dinner at Anh and Chi on Main St if you feel like waiting in the line that’s often there. There’s also Linh Cafe in Kits. They are a crazy marriage of French and Vietnamese cuisine that you will crave for months after. The Steak Frites, as well as the Bun Cha Ha Noi are my favourites.
What’s for dessert?
If you decide to head by Ask for Luigi for a Carbonara, finish with their Olive Oil cake. It has an orange zest finish and is spot on. If you are going to grab something quickly to go, stop by Cadeaux Bakery in Gastown. They have this cheesecake that has dark chocolate draped over top and it is definitely worth the stop.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Well, it would be a tour, cause that’s always necessary. Robin’s Inception Negroni at Prohibition is a must. Sometimes they have live music as well, which is great. Stop by the Botanist at The Fairmont Pacific Rim on the way by and sit at the bar upstairs. (Good people watching as well.) Finish the night at Keefer Bar. You can’t go wrong with their cocktails and live music, and you tend to forget you are in Vancouver when you’re in there.