If you ask me what some of my favorite restaurants are, there is no doubt I would base it on exceptional flavors and service that would burn in my memory for the rest of my life. Then there were a few restaurants that would invoke that special emotional feeling that made it so memorable. This was the latter.

VanSoba - Cold Buckwheat Noodle

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Every year during Dine Out season, I automatically ignored the uninspired $18/$28 menus that often didn’t offer any value. That trend was about to change after a visit to Chicha, a Peruvian inspired tapas bar near Main and Broadway. These guys did the seemingly impossible: creating an unique, good valued, $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu!

Chicha - Atun de Tataki

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The Fish House in Stanley Park

Here we go again, another year, another Dine Out Vancouver Festival. I always wanted to try a “nice”, $38 menu restaurant that had always been around but never got around to try. The picturesque Fish House in Stanley Park was one of these restaurants.

The Fish House in Stanley Park - Ling Cod Cheeks

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Meat & Bread

Every Christmas for only two days, Meat & Bread will make a turducken sandwich as a special on their menu as a replacement for their signature Porchetta. I waited in line for 30 minutes last year to get one of these bad boys and I could still not forget the taste. This year, each of their three locations offered their own variations of the turducken, and I had no choice but to brave the bone chill temperature and hungry crowds just to try two of their turducken creations that were available in their Gastown and Pender location. Prepare for food porn.

Meat & Bread - Turducken

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Blacktail Florist

Gastown is fast becoming a mecca for casual and interesting restaurants. Add another one to the list, one that was helmed by a Top Chef alumnus: Blacktail Florist. Note: This post contains mostly pictures.

Blacktail Florist - Heritage Angus Beef Shortrib

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LA Chicken

I’m not sure why it took me this long to visit this popular fried chicken joint. But as I suspected, it was, obviously, better than your everyday KFC or Church’s Chicken.

LA Chicken - Chicken

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Posted in American, Reviews, Richmond

Gyoza Bar

FinestDish explored one of the newest, most anticipated, and yet, the most misunderstood restaurant in Vancouver.

Gyoza Bar - Fraser Valley Pork Teppan Gyoza

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The Pear Tree

The Pear Tree had always been on my radar for a while, but it was always the one that got away. It reappeared recently in my trusted restaurant lists, namely the Vancouver Restaurant Awards and Eater 38, but what really caught my attention is when it was suggested by two of Vancouver top chefs as their favorite restaurant.

The Pear Tree - Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with Duck Confit, Poached Hen’s Egg

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