We all like unique things, those little things that are a little out the ordinary and put a much-needed dent in our everyday lives. And this is especially true of the food we eat. At one time or another, we have all experienced food boredom, that feeling we get when we don’t know what to eat because it seems we’ve eaten it all.
But if you look hard enough, unique food does exist, and it’s always worth trying. So to help you out, here are 6 Vancouver restaurants that offer up some special, outside-the-box dishes that sure to satisfy both your curiosity and your taste buds.
There are no subtleties or surprises to what you are gonna get at the American Cheesesteak Co. There are a large handful of different flavours and combinations, but no matter what you order, you are gonna get steak, and you are gonna get cheese. And it will taste frickin’ amazing.
Unique Dish: The Koagie: Also known as the Korean Hoagie, this bad boy includes bulgogi prime rib, American cheese, kimchi, sauteed onions & peppers, and a spicy miso mayo. It is a clash of cultures that will blow your socks off.
If you have spent even 10 minutes in Vancouver, you know that there are a lot of Ramen spots. Some are good, some are bad, and some are meh. Making good ramen ain’t easy, mostly because there are so many elements that you have to nail: the broth, the noodles, the veggies, the meat, the egg. And when it comes to ramen, Men-No-Kura definitely does it right.
Unique Dish: Tomato Cheese Ramen: House made tomato broth, basil, mozzarella, and parmesan. We can hear all the ramen traditionalists gasping at the thought of a tomato-based ramen, but you gotta trust us on this one.
Momo Sushi on Robson is known for their creative and whimsical take on sushi (Sexy Salmon Roll, anyone?) While sushi purists may shake their heads at some of the out-of-the-box rolls and toppings, those of us who like a good food adventure and tasty sushi can’t get enough.
Unique Dish: The Crazy Boy Roll: The perfect example of classic-with-a-twist that can be best summed up in four words: Deep. Fried. California. Roll.
Located on the outskirts of Yaletown, Elements Diner puts the “fusion” in Asian fusion cuisine. With dishes from such disparate places as Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, France, and Italy. Elements is certainly a culinary mish-mash. It probably shouldn’t work, but man does it ever.
Unique Dish: Smoked Salmon & Avocado Rice Pizza: A pizza crust made of rice? Why not? And then top it with fresh, Japanese-inspired toppings and sauce? It’s Fusion perfection.
Sai Woo is another Vancouver restaurant making waves with its fusion cuisine. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Sai Woo has been kicking the ass of Vancouverite taste buds for a couple of years now, and with its comforting, creative menu, and its killer cocktail list, it won’t be going anywhere soon.
Unique Dish: Chinese Paella: It certainly takes a lot of cajones to take a timeworn, traditional dish – like Spanish Paella – and give it the fusion treatment. But, man, does this one work – prawns, chicken, Chinese sausage & vegetables, basmati rice, and a coconut broth.
While its name may have been inspired by the classic Ice Cube track, Bao Down is all about Filipino-inspired Asian street food. And as their name suggests, the big focus at Bao Down is the Asian flavour bomb known as the Bao: a classic steamed bun filled with all sorts of yumminess, and eaten like a taco.
Unique Dish: Morning Glory Bao: Also known as the Breakfast Bao, the Morning Glory takes all your favourite breakfast ingredients – egg, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, & banana ketchup – and sticks them in a warm, fluffy Bao for you to devour with your hands.
There you have it. Food doesn’t always have to be the same old thing. It can be new and unique, and who doesn’t like to try new things. So get on the ParcelPal app and order up one – or all – of these unique meals. You’ll be happy you did.