Here's a quick roundup of new spots that have either opened over the past few months or are coming our way, including some Vietnamese restaurants, kofta places, and yes, yes, yes—more poké.
More modern Vietnamese
A third one is joining the club, this time in Kitsilano.
Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen will be opening up this month at 1935 West 4th Avenue, featuring chef and cookbook author Le Chi, who finished in second place on MasterChef Vietnam in 2014.
Like the other establishments, Chi promises to use traditional flavours with modern twists.
Meanwhile, DD Mau will be opening a second location in Chinatown at 145 East Pender Street later this year.
The casual eatery offers a blend of traditional and modern takes on bánh mì and noodle bowls.
This new 3,000-square-foot location will be much bigger than their first location in Yaletown at 1239 Pacific Boulevard.
With larger digs, they'll also be expanding their menu, to include everyone's favourite: pho.
The city's your oyster
The Vancouver Island–based Fanny Bay Oysters opened its 50-seat tide-to-table oyster bar and shellfish market at 762 Cambie Street on June 23.
The menu includes brunch items, like Kentucky fried oyster and waffle, crab cake benny, and favourites like fish 'n' chips (with ling cod), salmon burgers, and seafood chowder; as well as dishes like scallops and pork belly, sashimi-style geoduck, and boullabaise.
There's also a raw bar that offers oysters, including Golden Mantle, Royal Miyagi, Mattaki, Kusshi, Kumamoto, Grand Cru, and more, from B.C. locations, such as Fanny Bay, Denman Island, Port Alberni, Alert Bay, as well as Washington sources, such as Chapman Cove, Samish, Totten Inlet, and Willapa.
More poké, mon
Speaking of seafood, a certain craze is gearing up to hit the city hard.
While we've already been hit by flurries of ramen, frozen treat, and craft beer spots opening up, it looks like the upcoming craze will be Hawaiian poké.
In addition to Poke Time, Poke King, Pacific Poke, and the Poke Guy on their way, to add to the fishy fun, there's also Poke Bar planning to open up in Burnaby in the Cornerstone Building at 8931 Cornerstone Mews near SFU's upper bus loop.
The menu will follow the build-your-own-bowl model that the other places are also promising.
The petite Sumac Café quietly opened at 1230 Davie Street in the Davie Village.
This Mediterranean café, run by the people behind the all-day breakfast joint Red Umbrella Café (1707 Davie Street), offers kofta (meatball) and chicken sandwiches, salads, as well as beef kofta or chicken skewers.
Speaking of kofta, Kofta Meatball Kitchen opened at 320 Cambie Street with its international range of meatball offerings.
And the eats go on…
Here are a few other openings and closings we recently covered:
• Lisalou's Chocolate Bar opened at 1007 Main Street with its range of chocolate treats and ice cream
• Korean shaved ice joint Snowy Village will be opening a third location in Coquitlam
• Victoria-based Silk Road Tea Shop opened in Kitsilano at 2066 West 4th Avenue
• Davids Tea opened up its latest local location at 1024 Robson Street
• longtime Kitsilano fixture Darby's Public House has filed an application to change from a pub to a restaurant
• after 12 years, Sip Lounge closed its doors at 1117 Granville Street on June 4 for renovations but stay tuned for they'll reopen in a new incarnation (meanwhile, their sister restaurant, The Refinery, is still in operation above them)