In a city with seemingly more restaurants than raindrops, it can sometimes be pretty hard to keep track of them all. With new restaurants opening weekly, and just as many closing their doors, finding good new restaurants that are sure to stick around can be a challenge. But we are here to make that challenge a little easier. No matter the occasion – romantic dinner, after-work drinks and grub, night out with friends, or even flying solo – these 5 new(ish) Vancouver restaurants will leave you satiated and satisfied. If these 5 restaurants aren’t enough for the foodie in you, check out our top Hidden Gem Restaurants in Vancouver.
Winner of Vancouver Magazine’s 2016 Best New Restaurant award, Royal Dinette continues to blow Vancouverites away with its farm-to-table lunch and dinner fare. In a nutshell, Royal Dinette serves inventive West Coast cuisine, using locally-sourced ingredients, a ton of creativity, and kick-ass flavours. Whether popping in for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy creative dishes like a Grilled Albacore Tuna Salad with olives, shaved root veggies, soft egg, and sesame aoli; or Braised Lamb Shoulder Paperdelle with pickled chillies, shaved fennel, and olive salad. With an impressive array of cocktails and beers from local breweries, Royal Dinette is a perfect place to get your eat and drink on.
Added Bonus: Their Happy Hour (Mon – Fri from 5-6pm) features some killer drinks at some killer prices.
Without much doubt, two of the finest cuisines in the world are also the two most distinct: Japanese and Italian. It was only a matter of time that someone would come along and attempt to fuse the two. And for any foodie who thinks “fusion” is a bad word obviously has not visited Kissa Tanto. Because this award-winning Chinatown hot spot fuses Italian and Japanese cuisines into some ridiculously creative and delicious food. The math equation at Kissa Tanto is pretty simple: the delicate, whimsical cuisine of Japan + the warm and rustic cuisine of Italy = tasty AF. Favourites include the Carne Crudo, with local wagyu beef, pearl onion petals, charred scallion sauce, parmesan, sancho, herbs, and gnocco fritta; and the Porchetta Agnolotti, with kombu cured olives and smoked butter. It’s fusion perfection.
Added Bonus: Their stellar sake menu.
If you have ever wanted to travel to the deep South and have yourself a true cajun seafood experience, then skip the airfare and head to Robson Street. Holy Crab is definitely a unique dining experience. You will not find any knives and forks, or fancy place settings, or even plates. What you will find are paper table cloths, bibs, scissors, an endless supply of napkins, and heaping piles of fresh seafood: crab (3 kinds), shrimp, lobster, crawfish, mussels, and clams. Choose your sauce (original cajun or garlic pepper) and start chowing. To accompany your seafood pile, you can choose from their tasty array of sides and snacks, including calamari, onion rings, seafood chowder, and chicken wings. Close your eyes and you could be in New Orleans. Don’t want to wait in line? Get it delivered with the ParcelPal iOS app because this place is always packed.
Added Bonus: Four words: Deep. Fried. Frog. Legs.
Located in the newly hip Vancouver borough of Fraserhood, Savio Volpe bills itself as an osteria, which in Italy refers to a place that serves simple food and wine. And while the food at Savio Volpe may be simple – with ingredients that are both local and fresh – it is undeniably delicious. This is rustic Italian at its finest, from the cozy decor to the always lively atmosphere to the impeccable service to the food itself, much of which is served family-style. Craving a hearty housemade Italian pasta? Try the Tagliatelle with lamb ragu and pecorino cheese. Craving some meat? Try the meatballs with bone neck gravy and pine nuts. Vegetarian? Try the Buffalo Mozzarella with grilled radicchio and vincotta.
Added Bonus: the ridiculously extensive Italian-only wine list.
When it comes to Vancouver chefs, one name stands above the rest: David Hawksworth. Widely hailed and awarded as the best chef in in the city, Hawksworth – and his eponymous restaurant – set the standard for Vancouver fine dining. However, for most of us, having a meal at Hawksworth stretches our wallets just a bit too thin. Luckily, there is now Nightingale – Hawksworth’s new casual restaurant and bar located at W. Hastings and Burrard. At Nightingale, you will find copious examples of Hawksworth’s inventive take on Canadian cuisine, but at prices most of us can actually afford. Nightingale boasts a creative, expansive menu, with everything from salads (like the Fall Chicory Salad with grilled pear, smoked bacon and gorgonzola dressing) to pizzas (like lamb sausage, broccolini, feta, and mint) to larger dishes (like the Grilled Pork Belly with shaved apple, white balsamic, and pistachios), and a solid dessert menu. And it’s all housed in an architecturally stunning space.
Added Bonus: Added Bonus: the Nightingale Martini: botanist gin, house made green & white tea vermouth, isley and elderflower.
Keep in mind that these hotspots are super popular and usually packed. So book early or, better yet, use ParcelPal to get all the yumminess delivered to your door.