Where’s your next meal out going to be? If you like to keep up with what’s new and hot in Vancouver, there’s always plenty to choose from.
There’s never a shortage of restaurants opening (and, of course, closing) in Vancouver, which means if you are hungry for something fresh to check out, consider one of these nine spots, which rank among our favourites that have opened their doors in recent weeks and months.
If your next special occasion meal is a bit too far off, get a taste of the lovely life courtesy Chef David Hawskworth at his more approachable downtown venture, Nightingale. Boasting an all-day menu that offers anything from light bites to heartier mains (not to mention a glorious pizza oven), the food here is seasonal, simple, and elegant.
Address: 1017 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Opened in June, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar is a supplier-run oyster-focused restaurant in downtown’s growing Stadium District. The concept is “tide to table,” and in addition to offering freshly-shucked oysters, the menu includes dishes like Fish & Chips, an Oyster Po’Boy, crabcakes and more, as well as brunch.
Address: 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Another Japanese fusion spot from the restaurant group behind Kingyo, Sukia, and Rajio, Raisu arrived early this summer and quickly dazzled with its oh-so-pretty (and very Instagrammable) dishes, from their bento boxes, sashimi plates, noodle dishes and inventive small plates.
Address: 2340 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A reboot of the classic diner, Fable Diner’s all-day menu melds breakfast staples, signature diner eats, and modern casual, made of fresh, local ingredients and often with a creative twist. It’s the project of Chef Trevor Bird, the man behind Kits’ wildly successful Fable, and is located in the same spot as one of Vancouver’s longest-running neighbourhood diners in the historic Lee Building. Get a milkshake with your meal!
Address: 151 East Broadway, Vancouver
Mensch’s chef/owner Nitzan Cohen launched the popular pop-up in mid-July this summer, with an eye on finding a permanent spot as soon as possible. And soon is NOW; Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen has just become full-time, serving up their slow-brined, smoked, hand-cut pastrami served on fresh-baked rye bread; a Reuben; beet-cured lox on a poppy seed bagel; egg salad on challah; and sweet lokshen Kugel.
Address: 666 East Broadway, Vancouver
Offering a full service dinner menu, and an all-day take out window, Juke is all about fried chicken and all the trimmings. Behind Juke is the industry vet trio of Justin Tisdall (former Chambar GM), Bryan Satterford (former Hawksworth sous chef), and Cord Jarvie (of Meat & Bread fame), and they aim to create a relaxed restaurant with great grub that offers a welcoming vibe.
Address: 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
TAKO is putting a Korean spin on Mexican street food. On the menu are fusion eats like tacos stuffed with barbecue short rib, along with spicy pork belly and deep fried chicken; quesadillas; burritos; kimchi poutine; and a Bibimbap bowl.
Address: 601 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
Hailing from Toronto, Touhenboku Ramen specializes in in Kyushu-style ramen–thick, creamy, chicken-based broth at Touhenboku. This authentic ramen house, which is open for both lunch and dinner, serves up their signature ramen in addition to donburi and house-made desserts.
Address: 854 Denman Street, Vancouver
Another poké eatery has launched in Vancouver. Pokérrito (poké + burrito) has opened in the heart of downtown, bringing with it not only fresh and flavourful poké (a marinated raw fish dish hailing from Hawaii) dished up in salads and bowls, but also overstuffed sushi burritos. Hello: sushi burritos!
Address: 558 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver