Finding unique, tasty food is my forever New Year’s resolution. Here are 9 new Vancouver restaurants ranging from upscale dining to a spot on The Drive with killer nachos. Whether you’re looking for something fast and delicious (hello #7 with Jamaican patties) or a shared plate situation (looking at you #1 and #5), you’re bound to find something to start the year off right.
1. District Eleven
This Main Street spot serves up modern takes on Vietnamese classics. Think innovative dishes like umami bombs (marinated cherry tomatoes with scallion, onion and shiso) or elevated classics like their take on bo bun hue (hot tip: add a sous-vide egg to make it even tastier).
4063 Main Street
2. Fable Diner & Bar
Vancouver’s much loved Fable Diner is opening a new location in the historic Kingston Hotel. Expect elevated comfort food, including fan favourites like their roast duck pancakes as well as pizzas (exclusive to this location), burgers and creative boozy drinks. As always, they offer vegan and vegetarian options as well as spirit-free drinks like their house-made sodas.
755 Richards Street
3. Hero’s Welcome
Ushering what was once a beloved Army, Navy and Air Force veterans community club into a new era, Hero’s Welcome looks to preserve the spirit of the original space while reimagining it to include a selection of Hero’s hero sandwiches (the veggie features coconut bacon!) as well as classic bar snacks and a range of BC draught and craft beer.
3917 Main Street
4. The Modern Pantry
The Modern Pantry’s new location in West Vancouver crafts flavourful treats and baked goods as well as unique savory sandwiches and classic coffee beverages with house-made syrups. Per their name, they also sell pantry staples like their famed granola and house-made tomato jam.
102-2232 Marine Drive
Nightshade is bringing elevated plant-based eats to Yaletown. Think plant-based cheese plates, pastas and sushi, like their Nightshade Roll (pictured above) that features Japanese eggplant with avocado, sesame and caramelized soy glaze in place of unagi sauce.
1079 Mainland Street
6. The Drive Canteen
From the team behind DL Chicken in partnership with urban streetwear entrepreneaur Zach Wilcox, The Canteen lays down local treats (think DL Chicken spicy dill pickles and Chaotic Good cookies) as well as creative takes on hot dogs and nachos. In a sense, this is your local convenience store, but they also have art, clothing and music to go along with some incredible bites.
1111 Commercial Drive
7. Rise Up Marketplace
Strathcona’s Rise Up Marketplace offers takeout coffee and house-made sandwiches as well as local favourites like Cartem’s donuts, Elbo Jamaican patties, Cadeaux Bakery baked goods alongside pantry items (think Mumgry Nut Butter).
704 Vernon Drive
8. Elephant Restaurant
Elephant is an 18-seat restaurant that offers a five-course omakase style experience with a menu that changes daily to reflect seasonality. Think elevated, produce forward dishes like chicories with preserved crab roe, cumin and fermented chili.
1879 Powell Street
9. The Noodle Bar At Koi
The Noodle Bar at Parq Vancouver serves a variety of Asian comfort food classics, including noodles in soup and rice dishes made to order.
39 Smithe Street