Foodies on holiday in Vancouver, B.C., can get a taste of the province’s savory culinary scene and sample some of dining’s most delicious trends.

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Foodies on holiday in Vancouver, B.C., can get a taste of the province’s savory culinary scene and sample some of dining’s most delicious trends.

Local trend: Asian influences

Vancouver has a strong multicultural influence, so it’s no surprise that restaurants in and around the city often feature flavors and techniques from around the Pacific Rim. For an authentic taste from Asia, head straight for Richmond, located only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. There you’ll find a wide selection of Asian restaurants to choose from, many of which focus on a specific region or style. Before heading out, check out the online resource 365daysofdining.com to help navigate your seemingly endless list of choices. The popular blog revolves around the Richmond food scene and features reviews of everything from critically acclaimed restaurants to hidden gems.

Beyond Richmond, invite your appetite out to dinner in Vancouver, where acclaimed chefs combine traditional ingredients with local flavors for a unique experience. Farmers Apprentice’s menu, for example, is a tantalizing blend of Asian and European traditions.

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For Indian cuisine, check out chefs Vikram Vij’s and Meeru Dhalwala’s restaurant named Vij’s — a local favorite that The New York Times called “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.”

And for sushi, don’t forget to grab a table at Tojo’s — birthplace of the California roll. For 26 years — before many Pacific Northwesterners were comfortable with raw fish on their dinner plates — the iconic restaurant has been serving up its legendary sushi to celebrities and locals alike.

Global trend: Locally sourced/sustainable

In 2007, British Columbian writers Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon introduced the concept of local eating with the release of their book “The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating,” so it should come as no surprise that Vancouver continues to lead the locavore movement. Standout restaurants in this trend include Bishop’s, which was serving local before serving local was cool. The vegetarian restaurants Acorn and Heirloom both offer inventive menus with fresh ingredients. Other restaurants that focus on seasonal authenticity and sustainability are Campagnolo, Burdock & Co., and Forage. And if you’re craving seafood, be sure to look for the Ocean Wise symbol on the menu. A conservation program of the Vancouver Aquarium, it sets the bar for long-term sustainability, whether the seafood is farmed or wild.

Neighborhood trend: Chinatown (Downtown East)


Vancouver’s Chinatown is bursting with casual-dining options. Two new (relatively speaking) restaurants that have already become old favorites are PiDGiN and Ask for Luigi. PiDGiN is at the intersection of East meets West, with a menu heavily influenced by Chef Makoto Ono’s globetrotting. Ask for Luigi is pure Italian, complete with fresh, handmade pasta and family-style service.

Seasonal trend: Outdoor patios

There is no better place to be in Vancouver during the warm summer months than outdoors. If you’re looking for an open-air setting to soak in the scene and indulge in some mouthwatering fare, you can’t go wrong with these recommendations: CRAFT Beer Market in Vancouver Olympic Village; the courtyard patio of Reflections Outdoor Restaurant and Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Downtown Vancouver; Mahony & Sons Burrard Landing at the Vancouver Convention Centre; Cardero’s or LIFT in Coal Harbour; Chill Winston in Gastown; and the rooftop deck of Joe Fortes just off Robson Street.

So whatever your taste buds are craving during your visit to Vancouver, pull up a chair and enjoy.

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