Industry insiders pick Vancouver’s best restaurants for 2015

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      Georgia Straight staffers surveyed over 100 local restaurateurs and chefs and asked them to name the best restaurants in Vancouver in 13 categories. Here are the results for 2015.

      Chef

      1. David Gunawan
        (Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant)
      2. David Hawksworth
        (Hawksworth Restaurant)
      3. Scott Jaeger
        (The Pear Tree)

      New

      1. Ask for Luigi
        305 Alexander St.
        604-428-2544
      2. Cinara
        350 West Pender St.
        604-428-9694
      3. Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (tie)
        845 Burrard St.
        604-642-2900
      4. The Fat Badger (tie)
        1616 Alberni St.
        604-336-5577

      Use of local ingredients

      1. Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant
        1535 West 6th Ave.
        604-620-2070
      2. Burdock & Co.
        2702 Main St.
        604-879-0077
      3. Fable
        1944 West 4th Ave.
        604-732-1322

      French

      1. Le Crocodile
        100–909 Burrard St.
        604-669-4298
      2. L’Abattoir (tie)
        217 Carrall St.
        604-568-1701
      3. Les Faux Bourgeois (tie)
        663 East 15th Ave.
        604-873-9733
      4. Au Comptoir (tie)
        2278 West 4th Ave.
        604-569-2278
      5. Bistro Wagon Rouge (tie)
        1869 Powell St.
        604-251-4070

      Italian

      1. Ask for Luigi
        305 Alexander St.
        604-428-2544
      2. La Quercia
        3689 West 4th Ave.
        604-676-1007
      3. Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca
        1133 and 1129 Hamilton St.
        604-688-7466

      Other European

      1. España
        1118 Denman St.
        604-558-4040
      2. Chambar
        568 Beatty St.
        604-879-7119
      3. Cinara
        350 West Pender St.
        604-428-9694

      Chinese

      1. Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
        163 Keefer St.
        604-688-0876
      2. Kirin
        Various locations
      3. Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
        Various locations

      Latin American

      1. Cuchillo
        261 Powell St.
        604-559-7585
      2. La Taqueria
        Various locations
      3. La Mezcaleria
        1622 Commercial Dr.
        604-559-8226

      Japanese

      1. Zest Japanese Cuisine
        2775 West 16th Ave.
        604-731-9378
      2. Octopus’ Garden
        1995 Cornwall Ave.
        604-734-8971
      3. Kingyo Izakaya (tie)
        871 Denman St.
        604-608-1677
      4. Toshi Sushi (tie)
        181 East 16th Ave.
        604-874-5173

      Indian

      1. Vij’s
        1480 West 11th Ave.
        604-736-6664
      2. Rangoli
        1488 West 11th Ave.
        604-736-5711
      3. Chutney Villa (tie)
        147 East Broadway
        604-872-2228
      4. House of Dosas (tie)
        1391 Kingsway
        604-875-1283

      Other Asian

      1. Maenam
        1938 West 4th Ave.
        604-730-5579
      2. Phnom Penh Restaurant
        244 East Georgia St.
        604-734-8898
      3. Mr. Red Cafe (tie)
        2234 East Hastings St.
        604-710-9515
      4. Sura Korean Royal Cuisine (tie)
        Various locations

      Underrated

      1. The Pear Tree
        4120 East Hastings St.
        Burnaby
        604-299-2772
      2. Oakwood Canadian Bistro
        2741 West 4th Ave.
        604-558-1965
      3. Four restaurants tied for third place: Burdock & Co., Dock Lunch Cafe, La Buca, and Les Faux Bourgeois

      Cheap eats

      1. Sal y Limón
        5–701 Kingsway
        604-677-4247
      2. Kintaro Ramen (tie)
        788 Denman St.
        604-682-7568
      3. Tacofino (tie)
        Various locations
      4. Five restaurants tied for third place: La Taqueria, Marutama Ramen, Mr. Red Cafe, Phnom Penh, and Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

      Comments

      6 Comments

      Jacob Ung

      Mar 11, 2015 at 3:46pm

      I am surprised that Dynasty Seafood Restaurant didn't make the list in the Chinese category. I would have rated it first or second. I am glad to see Pear Tree on the list, it is definitely underrated.

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      Waylon

      Mar 12, 2015 at 10:19am

      Strange - I've been to Pear Tree twice now and have had awful meals. Not just a little bad either! The chicken sous vide dish is permanently ensconced in my memory for its tepid blandness.

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      Mitch

      Mar 12, 2015 at 10:21am

      Hope that guy in the pic wear's a beard net when he's cooking.

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      Daniel PDX

      Jul 23, 2015 at 2:03pm

      I'm looking for a unique restaurant in Vanc that has a private dining room. Not looking for corporate chain style, but more independent chef-owned type place. I live in Portland, OR and am having trouble finding what I'm looking for on-line. Any suggestions?

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      Carol Gibson

      Sep 2, 2015 at 6:41pm

      @ Daniel PDX: try posting your question to the Chowhound "B.C. (incl. Vancouver)" board. You are sure to get some helpful suggestions.

      Sue G.

      Sep 8, 2015 at 8:36pm

      We had barely finished our dessert when our $300+ bill arrived at our table and we were asked to leave so that people in the lineup could be seated. We won't be Asking for Luigi again.

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