Maumi Sushi

Going to sushi counter that is Japanese owned is in chapter one, verse one, of any self respecting sushi lover. But when even that just isn’t quite good enough, I come here. Here it is folks, the only sushi counter in Vancouver that I would recommend to people: Maumi Sushi.

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Hoshi Sushi

Ever since I came back from my trip to Japan and New York, I missed some good, properly done sushi so I’m always on the look out for an authentic, edomae sushi counter in Vancouver. Hoshi Sushi is exactly what I’m looking for .

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Big Trouble Chinatown

Historic Chinatown gradually went through subtle changes over the years as old school stores and eateries that our parents took us to are being replaced by hipster restaurants, organic groceries, and even a store that sells skateboards. This was one such restaurant.

Big Trouble Chinatown - Gnocchi, Confit Duck, Broccoli

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Bistro Sakana

After my ultimate foodie trip to New York and Chicago, here I am back on native soil in Vancouver. I am hoping to find something in Vancouver that would remotely match the creativity, diversity, and quality of what I had. Bistro Sakana proved to be a good place to start.

Bistro Sakana - Duck a L'Orange Sakana

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Fat Badger

Fat Badger is a British gastropub that had been making quite a buzz in food circles and several recommended restaurants lists for the last little while. British gastropubs are somewhat uncommon in Vancouver and even rarer for them to win an award, so I didn’t waste any time.

Fat Badger - Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef, Horseradish & Gravy.

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Seattle: Shiro’s Sushi (Revisit)

I don’t usually do restaurant revisits: every revisit is a missed opportunity to try something new. But every time I fly to or from Seatac, I try to come here: because it’s that good. My favorite sushi restaurant in Vancouver (except that it’s in Seattle), still going strong after Shiro-san’s departure.

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Seattle: Altura

Altura came to my attention when it was voted as one of the global selection on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant site and sit on the very top on Eater.com’s 38 Essential Seattle restaurants list. They even described a counter seating as “arguably the best seat in any Seattle restaurant.” With credentials like that, I’m interested.

Altura - Mendocino Sea Urchin

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Chicago: Al’s Italian Beef

It’s becoming my Chicago tradition. Every time I end my trip and headed for the airport, I must have Chicago’s flagship export: a dripping, juicy Italian Beef.

Al's Italian Beef - Italian Beef

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