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    Default Vancouver polkies...

    any recommendations for good to great restaurants in downtown area? I tried a Thai restaurant on Burrard, pretty good, but skimpy portion.

    Thanks in advance.
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    What type of food and how long are you there for?
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    Michael, I was there a couple days this week, next tue will head back there again for another couple days, stayin at the wall centre area, so any good rests within 3-4 blocks would be nice. My preference would be chinese seafood, thai, indian would be good too. Btw, Yellowknife is already in the -2 C range, brrrr...and it was 7 C in Vancouver on tue night when I got in. Thanks.
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    I will ask some people at work for some suggestions. A few people will probably know the Van area quite well. Where exactly are you staying? I will get back to you on this.

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    thanks, Michael! I am staying at the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard. Btw, I have to say Vancouver Int. Airport is one of the best that I've been too, comparable to Singapore Changi, coming back to LAX is like getting back to a ghetto.
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    Did you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the Thai restaurant? If so, I think that might have been the Thai house.

    In the downtown core:

    Gothams - Good steakhouse. They have a porterhouse that good for two people or one very hungry person.

    There use to be a pretty nice Chinese restaurant at under the Hyatt. It's also been a while so the chef may not necessarily be there. I think it was the Victoria Seafood restaurant or something like that. Let me see if I can get recommendations from some the coporate folks downtown.

    There's a vocational school VVI which trains cooks. They have a training restaurant call JJ's which is open Mon-Thru. Continental style, pretty good and inexpensive.

    There's a crepe stand in Sinclair centre that makes really good crepes.

    Outside the downtown core:
    If you don't mind a mediumish cab ride, the Pear Tree is really good. The owner/chef will be representing Canada at the next culinary olympics. They have a signature salmon dish. Reservations recommended.

    There's the Cannery which has a nice view and good food and service.

    There's the Kirin Resaurant on Cambie near Broadway. We went to a Chinese wedding there. Very good.

    Granville Island has a cooking school that's very good too. Cheap. ;)
    There's the Cat's Meow restaurant on Granville Island too. The food (pub) is okay, but the er... scenery is *cough* interesting. It's a bit embarassing because I went there with my wife and didn't catch on to why all these single men were raving about the place.

    I'll try and see if I can remember any others.

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    thanks, Dave. Cat's is the one inside Granville hotel?
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    Nope. The Cat's Meow is a separate building. Granville Island is pretty small. Shouldn't be too hard to find it.

    Thought of a couple of other places:

    Downtown:

    Wild Rice - chinese fusion. Haven't been there. My sister has and she liked it. My parents would probably be appalled. ;)

    Sala Thai - Burrard - This might be the one you went to actually.

    I think the Four Seasons Hotel serves samosas made by a friend. The spinach and cheese is quite tasty.

    Out of downtown core:
    Spicy Court

    Landmark Hot Pot - Should go with someone who speaks Chinese. Better service. Best hot pot place we've been to so far.

    Sawasdee Thai Restaurant - as good or better then sala thai.

    Green Lettuce - Indian/Chinese. We had a very good meal here. spicy btw.

    The local phone book is available here. There's links to maps for directions.

    http://www.mytelus.com/phonebook/index.do

    I unfortunately don't know of too many good Indian restaurants. I'll email a friend and see if he has suggestions. There may be one in Gastown. Hopefully, my friend will know more about it.

    Enjoy your visit

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    Cool deal! thanks again, these are more restaurants than I expect. Cheers.
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    Dave,
    thanks again for the recap of the restaurants in Vancouver area. We ended up at Rubina Indian on the corner of Kingsley and Victoria (I think). Quite a cab ride from downtown. It was ok, it came highly recommended from cabdriver, but at the end, it was more of a 6 on a 10 point scale. If all goes as plan, I might be in the vicinity again next week.
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