The Acorn

The Acorn caught my attention when its owner-chef, Brian Skinner, has done a stage at Noma and its sous chef, Joel Panlilio, worked at Eleven Madison Park. And they’re a vegetarian restaurant. On Main street. Such an unlikely combo just screams for an investigation…

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Burdock & Co.

One of the hot new restaurants that opened last year, it already pocketed a silver for Best New Restaurant from Vancouver Magazine.

Burdock & Co. - Pemberton Meadows Flat Iron Beef, Garlic Chive and Marjoram Chimichuri, Fermiere Cheese

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

One of most anticipated restaurant openings this year, Boulevard featured an all star team, for the kitchen and front of house, plucked from some of the top restaurants from Vancouver and aboard.

Boulevard - Grilled Beef Ribeye

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Shirakawa

Shirakawa is a newly opened restaurant in Gastown with roots in Japan specializing in Kuroge Wagyu Beef. With credentials like this, I was hoping the food would let me re-experience some of the best beef I’ve ever tasted while I was in Japan. And the Wagyu did.

Shirakawa - Lamu

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Farmer’s Apprentice

The results are in! Farmer’s Apprentice not only won the Best Casual 2014, but Restaurant of the Year. Describing it as a “game changer” by a judge from the same panel, I am expecting a lot from this restaurant that dethroned Hawksworth. Its dishes woke my taste buds up, a rare occurrence even after my culinary travels.

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Damso

Damso came to my attention when a Vancouver Sun post claimed the chef had “done stages” at the legendary Bouchon and the French Laundry. Attracted to those ambitions as well as a modern take on Korean cuisine, I managed to score a reservation to this small and popular Korean restaurant in downtown.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

The seafood destination of Vancouver that constantly topped rankings, including the top spot for Best Seafood for the last two years, this is the room when you want seafood cooked with experienced, capable hands. Dare I say, no where else?

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Hawksworth

Undoubtedly the long time reigning vanguard in the formal dining category – I lost count of how many years – Hawksworth represents the pinnacle of fine dining establishments in Vancouver. We wanted to experience the core of their cooking with the only way: their seasonal dinner tasting menu – no freebie events or brunch for us!

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