Resto roundup: 21 Nautical Miles, Koyuki Sapporo Ramen, Chau Veggiexpress, Davids Tea

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      Here's a roundup of two new eateries that have opened up and two more that are on their way.

      A modern seafood shrine

      The stretch of storefronts on Hamilton Street south of Davie Street has become a hotspot for new Asian eateries that have recently opened up.

      We recently covered the new modern Vietnamese eatery House Special and the Japanese-Korean Kuma Izakaya that set up shop in that Yaletown area.

      Next to them and across the street from Rodney's Oyster House, 21 Nautical Miles Seafood Bar opened its stylish doors on May 21 at 1257 Hamilton Street.

      21 Nautical Miles

      The high-ceilinged, split-level room features opulent and swank modern décor accented with traditional Chinese flourishes.

      21 Nautical Miles

      The menu specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine with fusion elements.

      21 Nautical Miles

      It covers barbecued items, including lobster, pork belly, and tiger prawns; signature dishes such as lobster with rice; and Chinese "burgers".

      21 Nautical Miles

      Vietnamese veggies

      For those who love Vietnamese food and are interested in vegetarian and vegan dishes, Chau Veggiexpress opened its second location at Granville Island Public Market (1689 Johnson Street) on May 9.

      It's located in the public market's food court across from Terra Breads.

      Chau Veggiexpress at Granville Island Public Market
      Chau Veggiexpress

      While it offers all the same savoury items as their East Vancouver location, you'll have to head over to their 5052 Victoria Drive spot if you're interested in their desserts (or alcoholic drinks).

      However, vegan ice cream (made by their pastry chef Andrew Han), as well as take-home sauces and broth, will also be available at their Granville Island.

      Chau Veggiexpress' Golden Temple soup, or turmeric coconut curry soup
      Chau Veggiexpress

      Like Vietnamese restaurants House Special and Anh + Chi, Chau has a strong family connection and history.

      Maria Huynh's mother and father first opened Café Chau in 1978 in a refugee camp in Indonesia after fleeing Vietnam. In Vancouver, they began as a small family business in 1986.

      Huynh previously opened Chau Kitchen and Bar at 1500 Robson Street in 2008, which has since closed.

      Chau Veggiexpress' Soft Tropical Rainstorm, or coconut and beancurd noodle bowl
      Chau Veggiexpress

      This summer, there'll be one more location that foodies can check out Chau's offerings at. Chau will have a stall at the Vancouver Farmer's Market (2300 Guelph Street) in Mount Pleasant, which runs from June 19 to October 2.

      Room for more ramen

      Vancouver's ramen rage shows no sign of slowing down. But can the West End handle another ramen shop?

      We'll see when Koyuki Sapporo Ramen opens up this month at 795 Jervis Street, just off Robson. The new spot, which will take over the space formerly inhabited by Pacific Northwest eatery Argan Bistro, will specialize in Sapporo-style ramen.

      Sapporo, for those who don't know, is the capital of Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido. Ramen from the area is particularly well-known as the region's cold weather makes it an ideal ramen market. (You might be familiar with the name of the instant noodle brand Sapporo Ichiban, which means "Sapporo's number one [noodles]".)

      Stay tuned for more information to come.

      Teas, please

      Popular Canadian tea chain Davids Tea is opening a new location at 1024 Robson Street.

      Davids Tea

      There are already 12 locations of the Montreal-based company in Metro Vancouver, including in Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, and North Vancouver.

      Its first store opened in Toronto in 2008.

      The Georgia Straight is waiting for the company to respond to an inquiry about further details.

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