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Travel Vancouver: Long Weekend Dining Recap (Where To Eat in Vancouver)

Ask for Luigi Pasta Vancouver

For the February long weekend, Mike and I took off to Vancouver for a quick getaway.

Whenever I visit any place, my top priority is to eat at as many local restaurants as possible!

Vancouver’s food scene is incredible and one of the items I recommend for my Long Weekend Getaway: Things To Do In Vancouver list is to eat. all. of. the. food.

Here’s a brief recap of the food Mike and I ate during our two and a half days in Vancouver + recommendations on what you should order.

I feel like we definitely ate a lot, but man do I wish there were more hours and meals in a day, or I had a bigger tummy. There was so much more I wanted to try (and I thank everyone for their great dining recommendations over on Facebook and Twitter before we went on the trip! It definitely helped with my Excel spreadsheet restaurant-mapping process, lol).

Vancouver Long Weekend Dining Recap

Travel Vancouver - Long Weekend Dining Recap

Cafe Medina

Waffles from Cafe Medina - Vancouver
Delicious waffles from Medina Cafe in Vancouver.

Cafe Medina: it’s a super trendy, hip, spot where you can expect a line-up before they open.

Medina Cafe Vancouver Brunch
A full house first thing at Medina Cafe in Vancouver.

Order several of their liege waffles with the white chocolate pistachio sauce! (I regretted ordering just one) Their Wolves Breakfast (basically a meat platter) is also fantastic.

Cafe Medina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Santouka Ramen

Santouka Ramen Vancouver Robson Street
Chirashi, gyoza, and ramen from Santouka Ramen on Robson Street.

Santouka Ramen: feels like you’re in a ramen shop in Japan – with a very busy, hot atmosphere, and great ramen. Order their shio white tonkotsu ramen, or the char siu (with lots of roast pork).

Medina Cafe Vancouver Brunch
Shio ramen from Santouka Ramen on Robson Street!

Mike and I are also obsessed with gyoza so you have to get that and when we went, there was a Lunar New Year special featuring chirashi – delicious raw fish over rice. The food was very quick to come out (despite a bit of a wait getting in).

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

ARC Dining (Fairmont Waterfront)

ARC Dining - Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver - Vancouver Restaurants
Sharing the BEAST BOARD at ARC Dining.

ARC (Fairmont Waterfront): catch the live music Tuesdays through Saturdays and share the incredible Beast Board!! Chef’s choice of local and seasonal meat or seafood plus vegetables. Massive and delicious.

Oysters ARC Dining Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
Delicious coastal oysters at ARC (Fairmont Waterfront).

I also thought a ton of their menu items sounded amazing (including the fantastic coastal oysters + foraged mushrooms). We had a terrific meal at ARC, with fantastic service, unsurprising as our entire stay at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel was 100%.

ARC Restaurant - Fairmont Waterfront Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Stormcrow Tavern

Stormcrow Tavern - Vancouver
Picking out a board game to play at Stormcrow Tavern!

Stormcrow Tavern: we were so full when we arrived here we didn’t really order food but browsing the food items (and their geeky names) is half the fun. This “Planet Hollywood” for geeks, sports bar for nerds, has an awesome vibe. You can order a take-home souvenir ‘Beerbabarian’ stein (though Mike forgot his there! ugh) and just hang out playing board games.

Storm Crow Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hapa Izakaya (Coal Harbour)

Hapa Izakaya - Vancouver - Things to do in Vancouver - Sushi
The Hapa Rolls from Hapa Izakaya.

Hapa Izakaya: on a Saturday night this seemed like the place to be – packed with different birthday parties, loud 90s music playing.

Tempura Gyoza from Hapa izakaya
The tempura gyoza from Hapa Izakya!

Order their namesake – the Hapa rolls, and if you’re into gyoza, maybe give their interesting tempura take a try (but pass on the beef tataki). They also serve ramen during lunch!

Hapa Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ask For Luigi

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Delicious Italian brunch at Ask for Luigi!

Ask For Luigi: this tiny, unassuming pasta shop on a random corner past Gastown is amazing! Expect a line-up before they open.

Ask for Luigi Vancouver Pasta
First ones at Ask for Luigi!

If going for brunch, get their pasta risotto with mushroom, sausage and poached egg, or their pappardelle bolognese. The carbonara also sounded incredible. It’s cool to watch as the chefs roll out the handmade pasta right before your eyes.

Ask for Luigi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Phnom Phen

Hot and Sour Soup Phnom Phen Chinatown Vancouver
The Hot and Sour Soup from Phnom Phen in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.

Phnom Phen: I think a Cambodian / Vietnamese combination restaurant is so interesting. We were stuffed from our Italian breakfast but tried their spring rolls and hot and sour soup with shrimp. Not my favourite (but it was fine – like what you’d expect from a hout and sour Vietnamese-style soup), but the rest of their menu looks promising, and they are rated one of the best restaurants in Chinatown (it also got really busy as soon as we sat down!)

Phnom Penh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Vij’s (Rangoli)

Valentines at Vijs Rangoli Vancouver
Valentine’s dinner at Vij’s Rangoli.

Vij’s: the restaurant of former Dragon and current celebrity chef / entrepreneur Vikram Vij, you must try the flavourful lamb Popsicles, as well as the incredible mutton kebabs. Mmm. Such spices! If you’re lucky, Vikram will be hanging out and greeting you. He is just the sweetest guy!

Lamb Popsicles Vijs Rangoli Vancouver
The tasty lamb popsicles from Vij’s.

Food photo warning: it’s dark in here so my photos were not great, so I apologize for that harsh flash on the lamb popsciles photo.

Rangoli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Momo Sushi (Gastown)

Momo Sushi Gastown Vancouver
Very affordable and tasty sushi at Momo Sushi in Gastown!

Momo Sushi: a cute, small space where you’re seated in a basement coming in from the main street (Gastown). Cool vibe with neon signs and a fun playlist – plus a really affordable menu!

Momo Sushi Gastown Vancouver
Momo Sushi is has cool neon signs.

Order the super cheap and tasty sashimi appetizer and the Gastown rolls because well, you’re in Gastown. But honestly I could’ve ordered so much more (and from the orders I overheard at other tables, it seems like their lunch bentos/combos are popular!)

Momo Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food Court at Aberdeen Centre

Aberdeen Food Court Lunch - Tofu Hot Pot
Pretty good (and very filling) meal for just $9 at the Aberdeen Food Court!

Food court in Aberdeen Centre: this is a super busy food court with so much ethnic food variety I lost count. Try their beef tofu hot pot (though not like your traditional “hot pot”) which at $9 is both tasty, filling, and comes with a drink and cream puff dessert.

So much, yet not enough?!

2.5 days is just NOT enough time to eat your way through Vancouver..

Check out these other resources for ideas on where to eat in Vancouver:

And also, just ask your friends!

We got some great recommendations when we asked our friends who had been to Vancouver before.

Also check out my recommendations of other things to do in Vancouver (because you do need to space out your meals lol).

And please leave a comment letting me know your favourite Vancouver restaurants!

Linda

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Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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