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1459 W. Broadway, 604-677-4111. Cru.ca
The room is small and a bit dated, which makes it easy to overlook. But the brief menu is perfect, and it’s just the spot for a quiet business lunch.
Most popularDuck leg confit, with bacon vinaigrette, spätzle, and goat cheese hash.
Chef’s pickPan-seared Qualicum Bay scallops, on lentils and pancetta with lime aioli.
My favouriteGreen pea risotto—springtime in a bowl, topped with parmesan.
1488 W. 11 Ave., 604-736-5711. Vijsrangoli.ca
All of the elegant, nouveau-Indian flavours found next door at Vij’s, minus the lineups.
Most popularPortobello mushroom and bell pepper curry on paneer
Chef’s pickGoat meat and jackfruit curry.
My favouriteThe people don’t lie. I second the portobello mushroom curry vote—it’s creamy and delicately warm, complemented by a refreshing diced beet salad.
2881 Granville St., 604-738-8938. Westrestaurant.com
Under executive chef David Gunawan, this room has regained its lustre. Imaginatively curated fine diningmeets light French technique that incorporates local ingredients at their peak. Most popularLois Lake steelhead trout with beets, morel mushrooms, Alsatian bacon, hazelnuts, and caramelized orange jus.
Chef’s pickFraser Valley lamb with Provençal sausage, roasted shoulder, Klippers Farm lettuce purée, and summer vegetables.
My favouriteA starter of roasted sweetbread and smoked organic beef tongue with pickled chanterelles, beans, and gribiche vinaigrette.
3121 Granville St., 604-736-3121.
A modern sushi room where the service is a tad slow, but the achingly fresh sashimi is worth the wait.
Most popularSalmon, tuna and crab meat roll topped with chopped scallops and tobiko.
Chef’s pickUnagi and avocado roll topped with mango and roe.
My favouriteFantasy Garden: asparagus, cucumber and avocado topped with seaweed salad.
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