LA FTCer looking for Vancouver recs

Will have 3 full days in Vancouver proper. Staying at the Delta Hotel in Downtown w/o a car. Also have kids in tow (5 and 2 year olds).

I see that L’Abattoir is a popular mainstay in Vancouver. Is this place still good and is it kid friendly? How about their sister seafood restaurant Coquille? Definitely want some good seafood while we’re in the PNW.

What else should I be trying that’s not widespread in LA? Is Richmond nightmarket worth a trek?

RICHMOND! Cantonese is the play here: Kirin, Chef Tony, Golden Paramount Seafood, Parklane, HK BBQ Master. (Night market might be result in too late of a bedtime for the 5yo & 2yo)

Aside from Cantonese, I still have a soft spot for Vij’s. But with 2 kids in tow, and likely lengthy wait, probably not a family-friendly situation.

L’Abbatoir is still good, AFAIK, but let’s just say that I saw no kids there at all.

In Vancouver proper, try Bao Bei (dumplings), Hawksworth, Chambar, and Burdock & Co…

Blue Water Cafe has slid downhill of late. Sad.

Last but not least by far, YVR is the home of JapaDog.

We had a wonderful dinner here but I guess I didn’t write it up.


Is L’Abbatoir a stuffy fancy place?

I’ll take a look at the places you mentioned in Vancouver proper.

Any experience with Coquille? Or can you rec another seafood restaurant in the breath of Walrus and Carpenter?

You’re welcome.

Chambar looks great. Do you remember what you had?

Also, really dumb question, but what’s the tipping situation in Canada? Do they add tax on top of the prices displayed on menus like in the States or is tax already included like in Europe?

Our friends went recently with their 2 year old toddler. They were staying at the Fairmont and got early reservations at the restaurant inside the Fairmont. It worked out well for them.

Granville island was great. Very short ferry ride and lots of good places for lunch. Fun and easy with the kids.

Keep in mind, Richmond by public transportation is kind of a trek. This area reminded me a lot of SGV—spread out strip malls galore. Not really walkable with kids (at least mine). Kirin was good but really expensive, especially the live seafood. The night market was a serious trek for my crew and it was fine but similar in my opinion to the OC night market, maybe I hit it on an off day.

Gastown area was nice to walk around with the family although I don’t remember any notable restaurants there except if you like the japadog stands as @J_L mentioned above.

Yeah we’ll definitely hit up Granville Island as it seems like something fun to do with the kids.

I was thinking about hitting up Chef Tony for dim sum but maybe we won’t if it’s hard to get there? We’re going to skip the night market. We’ll be in Taipei after Vancouver so plenty of opportunities to do proper night markets.

Blue Water Cafe (great seafood)
Gotham Grill
Farmer’s Apprentice

I don’t; sorry.

Finally remembered this place. French and very, very good.