Vancouver's most underrated restaurants for 2014

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      While the Vancouver restaurant scene is large, certain restaurants are repeatedly fall into the spotlight. When Georgia Straight staffers surveyed over 100 chefs and restaurateurs for our Golden Plate awards, asking them to name the city's best restaurants in 13 categories, many familiar names turned up. (Vij’s, for example, won the best Indian category again this year.)

      However, the Straight also posed the question of which restaurant is the most underrated in Metro Vancouver. That is, a restaurant that industry insiders believe is underappreciated, forgotten, a little-known gem, or one doesn’t get as much media attention as it deserves.

      The top-place finisher in this category went to the Pear Tree, second place to Nook, and the Oakwood Canadian Bistro and Tavola tied for third.

      Here are other restaurants that chefs and restaurateurs deemed underrated.

      West Coast

      Bishop’s
      Canyon
      Farmer’s Apprentice
      The Acorn
      Fable
      Kitsilano Daily Kitchen
      The Observatory

      French

      Bacchus
      Café Regalade
      Provence
      Salade de Fruits Cafe

      Italian

      Arriva Ristorante
      La Buca
      Incendio
      La Quercia
      Paulies Kitchen
      Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca

      Other European

      España
      Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar
      The Sardine Can

      Japanese

      Zest
      Ajisai Sushi Bar
      Dan Japanese Restaurant
      Sea Monstr Sushi
      Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant

      Other Asian

      Afghan Horseman
      Au Petit Café
      Bob Likes Thai Food
      Chau Veggie Express
      Cuu Long
      House of Dosas
      Longtail Kitchen
      Long’s Noodle House
      Pho Goodness
      PiDGiN
      Tangent Café

      Latin American

      Boca
      Lolita’s South of the Boarder Cantina
      Sal y Limon

      Other

      Secret Location
      Acme Café
      Dunlevy SnackBar
      Gudrun Tasting Room
      Hamilton Street Grill
      Mamie Taylor’s
      The Reef Caribbean Restaurant
      Seahorse Grill
      Six Acres
      West Oak

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