2 of CSL’s favourite eats for lunch and dinner in Vancouver’s Gastown and Granville Island neighbourhoods
“Our chef is classically trained”, says Bambudda owner Ray Loy at the small hip restaurant located in Vancouver’s Gastown that draws on the addictive flavours of East and West. The result is surprising combinations crisp fried lobster and shrimp dumplings artfully presented with dots of rust coloured chipotle mango mayo, and muted green cilantro pesto. The XO prawns with caramelized onions, celery and peppers are earthy and satisfying while the house made ramen in a truffle broth effortlessly melds Italian flavour profiles (truffle and cream) with Asian ingredients. Don’t miss an outstanding and original cocktail list crafted by Tarquin Melnyk and Dylan Williams with equally creative names (suffering bastard, babmaloozer, koi pond).
When you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped at the Granville Island Public Market, stop in at Edible Canada for a bite. While the shop in the front specializes in an assortment of gourmet Canadian made products (barrel aged maple syrup anyone?), the bistro serves up casual faves like mussels and fries, sashimi salad and 14 hour beef shin poutine. Try the West Coast Bahn mi with ginger aioli, pickled vegetables and crisp fish paired with an ice cold local beer.
Want more British Columbia? This original restaurant article first appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.