At the time of writing this, it’s winter in Vancouver, it’s raining and the sun has barely made an appearance for weeks.
The mighty, coastal mountains are hidden behind thick grey clouds and venturing outside without an umbrella quickly becomes a foolish mistake. I dream of tropical beaches and warmer climates but my reality is Canada, so it’s time to accept the wet weather and hibernate indoors. Preferably at one of the city’s many great restaurants.
One of the best things about living in the West End is the vibrant food scene on my doorstep. Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Ukrainian restaurants are all within walking distance. Sushi is everywhere and super cheap.
But with so many options, it can be hard to decide where to go to hibernate from the rain.
West End top spots
Guuu on Robson Street is a Japanese restaurant with a lively atmosphere, creative menu and a solid following. Guuu serves small dishes in the Izakaya style alongside their own Guuud! Ale (by Russell Brewing Company) while energetic staff shout out to patrons, making everyone feel welcome. The prices are a little higher than other nearby joints but the atmosphere and food is unique and worth it for the quality.
On nearby Denman Street, Legendary Noodle is another well-loved hotspot where handmade noodles and hearty soups are the speciality. This tiny Chinese eatery tucked away between other businesses could easily be missed but a good reputation and a strong focus on quality has kept it running since 1997. The authentic décor and beautiful House Chrysanthemum Tea make a visit even more worthwhile.
And last but by no means least, The Capital on Davie Street features a $4.95 menu all day, every day, featuring pub grub and small plates. Favourites include the Szechuan Glazed Tilapia, Chicken Quesadilla and the Veggie Burger. Eclectic music, sports for the boys and a quality selection of beverages place it in a league of its own when it comes to value for money.
So let’s embrace the rain by hiding indoors and exploring Vancouver’s restaurants. There are worse ways to spend the winter.