Vancouver’s hottest restaurant openings for fall 2015

Innovative chefs and restaurateurs are working hard to keep up with the city’s evolving culinary scene and the insatiable appetites of local foodies. From Angus An’s long-awaited noodle bar in Chinatown to Supermarine's super tasty seafood, here’s a round-up of Vancouver’s hottest restaurant openings. [Image courtesy of Supermarine]

Ancora Waterfront Dining & Patio

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2-1600 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L9

The latest fine dining venture from Viaggio Hospitality Group (Cibo, Uva), Ancora specializes in a melange of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines prepared with a West Coast sensibility. The airy 98-seat waterfront restaurant boasts a scenic locale overlooking False Creek and an elegant beach-house vibe; the design features pale blue hues, light woods, sparkling fishnet-inspired chandeliers and plenty of natural light. Peruvian-born executive chef Ricardo Valverde oversees the main dinner menu while sushi chef Yoshi Tabo mans the raw bar. Together, these progressive culinary masterminds work in tandem to create exotic global dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

Royal Dinette

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905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1A8

It might be located in the heart of the financial district, but Royal Dinette isn’t your typical suit-and-tie kind of place. Open since July 2015, the chic interior has a sophisticated diner feel with a few stylishly retro touches throughout. Chef David Gunawan (of Farmer’s Apprentice fame) stays true to his signature style, crafting a small, seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Grab a spot at the bar and check out the action in the open kitchen, which features dedicated pastry, butcher and fresh pasta stations. Cocktail fans take note: classic libations are just $6 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm daily.

Fat Mao Noodles

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217 Georgia St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6

Angus An’s highly anticipated Chinatown noodle house opened its doors in August and has been wowing local foodies since day one. Fat Mao (or “Lucky Cat”) serves pan-Asian inspired noodle bowls all day long – or until the noodles run out. From spicy dan dan noodles to Taiwanese beef noodles to Thai-style Chiang Mai curry noodles, the flavourful menu options are ideal on a cold and rainy day. Diners can augment their meal with savoury sides and condiments; try braised beef tripe salad, house-made kimchi and XO sauce, and scallion pancakes prepared in small batches each week by An’s mother.

Nordstrom

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799 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V7Y 0A2

Retail therapy and fine dining go hand in hand at Vancouver’s newly opened Nordstrom flagship store. But while a designer handbag might set you a back $5,000, the food and drink options at this high-end department store are a lot more accessible. Shoppers in need of a pit stop can sit down for a cocktail and bar snacks at Habitant Lounge or head up to the third floor for a meal at Bistro Verde. The spacious dining room offers fantastic views of Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery while the kitchen turns out fresh salads, sandwiches and seasonal entrees.

Uncle Abe's

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3032 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G5

A neighbourhood shawarma shop with a gourmet twist, Uncle Abe’s is the latest dining destination to open up along Mount Pleasant’s Main Street strip. Unlike your average take-out joint, the shawarma fries, falafel bites and warm samosas are Instagram-worthy in their presentation and paired with handcrafted cocktails like freshly muddled green tea mojitos and an Earl Grey infused Old Fashioned. The interior feels very thrift-shop-chic with its well-worn floral furnishings and the brightly coloured walls adorned with an assortment of paintings, taxidermy and tchotchkes.

Torafuku

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958 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1

The team behind the wildly popular Le Tigre food truck have put down permanent roots on Main Street. Torafuku’s pan-Asian street food menu draws inspiration from Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Vietnamese culinary traditions. Playfully named dishes like “Dr. Octopus vs. Mr. Tuna” and “Rye So Messy Chicken Wings” are just as fun to order as they are to eat, and the kickass fried rice (served in a box with aburi-style pork belly) is a must try. The interior is clean and modern, with a long communal dining table that makes it easy for groups to share a variety of dishes.

Beach Bay Cafe and Patio

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1193 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1

Summer may be well and truly over but this new venture in the former Raincity Grill space will make you want to head back to the beach, even on the greyest of days. The kitchen pays homage to the restaurant’s waterfront locale with a menu of coastal delights such as B.C. salmon with leek risotto and butter-roasted lingcod. Farmhouse fare (roasted chicken, grilled pork chop, beef strip loin) and veggie-forward pastas and salads round out the food offerings. With a scenic heated patio and bottomless mimosas during weekend brunch, Beach Bay is bound to become a new neighbourhood fave.

Glowbal

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590 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3

Vancouver’s wildly successful Glowbal Restaurant Group launched its flashy new flagship eatery in August. Housed in the architecturally stunning TELUS Garden and designed to cater to the denizens of downtown throughout the day, the spacious 17,000-square-foot restaurant offers lunch, dinner and cocktail hour specials with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu is on the pricier side but will accommodate diners of all sorts with its range of crowd-pleasing North American favourites. Highlights include steaks and pasta dishes, a dedicated raw bar, and a selection of seared meat and vegetable satay sticks prepared on the kitchen’s custom-built Robata grill.

Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary festival will see some of the city’s hottest restaurants serving an array of mouth-watering prix-fixe menus. If you want to take your significant other for a special meal, plan a date night at one of these romantic eateries. [Photo courtesy of Boulevard/Leila Kwok]
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary event will see some of the city’s top restaurants serving mouth-watering prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a kid-approved spot with a casual atmosphere and plenty of choices for picky eaters, book a table at these family-friendly restaurants. [Photo courtesy of Bufala]
Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary event provides foodies with a great opportunity to eat at Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants for less. If you want an upscale meal in an elegant setting, these high-end spots deliver a great bang for your buck. [Photo courtesy of YEW Seafood + Bar]
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