Kitsilano Resto Roundup: Kahve, Blue Martini Jazz Café, F.I.S.H.

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      Here's a roundup of eateries and food-related shops that have opened up in Kitsilano over the past few months.

      Coffee Nation

      Chic minimalist design elevates the caffeination experience at Kahve, which opened in November at 1822 West 1st Avenue just off Burrard. Its understated and clean interior has even garnered a mention on Wallpaper's website.

      Kahve offers coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and kitchenware, all in a stylish environment.

      The name is derived from the Turkish word for coffee. The café serves coffee by Elysian Coffee Roasters made with a Synesso coffee machine.


      A mix of pastries and chocolates from local bakeries and chocolatiers and items made in house fill the menu with breakfast, lunching, and snacking options.


      A select range of baked goods like croissants, sandwiches (such as roasted pork loin on a ciabatta bun, wild shrimp meat on a croissant, or prosciutto brie pear), soups, and salads (organic quinoa salad, spring rainbow salad) are on offer.

      Meanwhile, the walls are lined with a well-curated display of sleek and stylish homewares and coffee-making equipment and paraphernalia, from the likes of Alessi and George Jensen, for purchase.

      Jazzing up the beach

      Just as the city mourns the loss of live music venues such as the Railway Club, a new spot has opened up.

      Blue Martini Jazz Café has taken over 1516 Yew Street, located near Kitsilano Beach, after Hapa Izakaya's Hapa Beach closed on August 30.

      Blue Martini Jazz Café 

      Musicians who have performed at the establishment already include Juno Award–winning jazz trumpeter and pianist Brad Turner, the Bill Runge Quartet, jazz vocalist Andrea Superstein, and the Kelly Brown Trio.

      Blue Martini Jazz Café 

      The menu draws from the kitchen of sister restaurant Francesco's Ristorante Italia on Burrard in downtown Vancouver. Entrées include seafood plates, such as Italian-style jambalaya, halibut fillet with scallop and shrimp, and tiger prawns diavolo.

      Blue Martini Jazz Café

      Go fish

      Burnaby-based F.I.S.H., or Fresh Ideas Start Here, opened a second location at 2959 West Broadway.

      F.I.S.H., or Fresh Ideas Start Here, is open in Kitsilano

      Like the Burnaby location (which owner Jenice Yu opened in 2008), the Kitsilano store offers sustainably caught British Columbian fish and Oceanwise seafood. Among the selections are wild B.C. halibut, live local Dungeness crab, smoked salmon candies, and more.