5 restaurants to check out during Taste of Yaletown 2016

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      The 12th annual Taste of Yaletown (TOY) dining festival kicked-off last week, and Vancouver food-lovers have gathered in the trendy neighbourhood for some good eats.

      With over 30 participating restaurants that each feature multi-course menus (priced at $25, $35, or $45), those who seek to try a bit of everything will definitely be satisfied.

      From Italian to Japanese fare, and West Coast dishes to Thai flavours, Yaletown restaurants don’t disappoint when it comes to having diverse cuisine options.

      Here are five restaurants to check out at the annual foodie fest (through October 27). 

      "Can Tho-ky" fried quail from House Special.
      Wanderlust Foodie

      House Special (1269 Hamilton Street)

      A relatively new restaurant serving mouth-watering modern Vietnamese fare, which guests can sample in its five-course TOY dinner menu ($45) that comes with an amuse and palate cleanser. Creations include a deconstructed banh mi, Hainanese chicken plus pomelo salad, and Asian cream pie for dessert. 

      Taglierini with octupus at La Pentola.
      La Pentola

      La Pentola (350 Davie Street)

      A family-style Italian eatery that offers everything from taglierini octopus to vegetarian gorgonzola risotto in its four-course menu ($45). Your only problem at the restaurant will be deciding between which dessert to get: lemon cream with biscotti or flourless chocolate almond tort?

      Choose the braised lamb shoulder as an entrée at The Greek by Anatoli.
      The Greek by Anatoli

      The Greek By Anatoli (1043 Mainland Street)

      Tasty Greek food in a modern and comfortable setting, perfect for a date or family catch-up with its sharable menu ($35). Savour on dishes such as calamari with tzatziki, braised lamb shoulder, souvlaki and potatoes, and more.

      Minami's mouth-watering hatcho miso braised short rib, available in its TOY dinner menu.
      Tammy Kwan

      Minami (1118 Mainland Street)

      Choose from lunch or dinner TOY menus ($25 and $45) at this contemporary Japanese eatery. Both menus feature its popular aburi sushi, while its evening menu will include signature dishes like hatcho miso braised short rib or saikyo miso sakekasu baked sablefish. 

      Indulge in Wildtale's chocolate pot de crème for dessert.
      Wildtale Coastal Grill

      Wildtale Coastal Grill (1079 Mainland Street)

      Its Taste of Yaletown menu ($35) includes choices like Alberta beef carpaccio, lobster bisque, and pan-seared white sturgeon. Pair your west coast dishes with its suggested wine pairings for the ultimate dining experience. 

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