Splurge on the tasting menu ($175, $300 with wine pairings) at C, a top-rated seafood restaurant where a charming patio overlooking the harbor makes up for slightly dated interiors. Standout dishes from veteran chef Robert Clark include a white onion bisque poured over Pacific oyster, lobster knuckle, and spot prawn, all sourced from Vancouver’s ecofriendly Ocean Wise fishery.
Sample retro classics done right at the long anticipated deli-slash-diner Save-on-Meats, opened in July by Mark Brand, one of the city’s leading restaurateurs. On a sunny day, hit the takeaway window for affordable classic sandwiches like tuna melts ($7) and Rubens ($8), or take a seat in a booth and order the breakfast poutine ($8), an early-morning take on the Canadian staple topped with a fried egg.
Skip Chinatown and instead taste some of the city’s best Thai food at Maenam, a minimalist restaurant overlooking residential West Fourth Avenue. Join stylish young professionals savoring Chef Angus An’s piping hot prawn cakes ($10) and duck curry made with lychees, lime leaves, and cherry tomatoes ($18). Don’t pass on cocktails—the Siam Sunray ($9), made with vodka, lime, ginger, roasted coconut, and bird’s-eye chilies is equally spicy and refreshing.