Kristina’s Gold Medal Plates
Vancouver has a lot of wonderful restaurants, many of which I frequent regularly. And when I do, I tend to order the same dishes over and over again. Why mess with perfection? Here are my top ten, in alphabetical order.
Bao bei: Kick Ass House Fried Rice
So aptly named. Rice, egg, veggies, nuoc cham (dipping sauce) and then it gets interesting; mint, prosciutto, and iceberg lettuce. You may want to order your own bowl.
Photo: Bao Bei
Bacchus Lounge, Wedgewood Hotel: Pizza Rustica
I’ve talked about this pizza* before. OMG, it is truly the best. Super thin crust, slightly spicy chorizo sausage, not too much cheese. The pizza funghi with mushrooms and goat cheese is a close second.
Chambar: Fig Martini
Not technically a dish, granted, but it does come with a bit of blue cheese on the side so let’s call it an appetizer. I love all things fig and this martini is not too sweet and packs a punch. I can’t imagine dining here and not having one. Oh, and the Mussels Congolese are awesome too.
Photo: wyn ♥ lok/flickr
Earl’s Restaurants: Santa Fe Chicken Salad
I keep trying to order other things at Earl’s but I always come back to what I consider one of the best salads in the city. Chicken, avocado, black beans, corn, feta lots of greens with lime vinaigrette. But what really makes this dish is the dates. I often go easy on the dressing, as it can be a bit heavy handed with it.
Le Crocodile: Pan fried goat cheese served on curly endive salad AND Dover Sole with Classic Butter sauce
This is probably my favourite fine dining spot and I’ve been coming here with my family for special occasions for almost 30 years. The goat cheese salad makes me want to cry, it’s so good. And the sole, drenched in buttery goodness, is perfection.
Q4 Restaurant: Spaghetti Quattro
This is perhaps my favourite pasta* dish in all the land. Ground chicken, black beans, garlic, chili peppers and a whole lot of yum. I have tried to duplicate this at home and it actually turned out pretty well.
Shota Sushi & Grill: Maple Roll
Shota in Kerrisdale makes my favourite sushi in the town. It’s always so fresh and they go easy on the rice. The Maple roll is my go-to. Spicy tuna topped with avocado and spicy salmon, and then drizzled over top, what appears to be maple syrup. I love the sweet and spicy combo.
Sweet Obsessions: Moon Cookies
Technically a half moon, these cookies are melt in your mouth hazelnut shortbread, with one end dipped in dark chocolate. It’s a real dilemma – do you start eating on the cookie end or the chocolate one? This has probably been my favourite cookie for about 10 years now.
Vij’s Restaurant: Lamb Popsicles
I don’t eat lamb, but inevitably, someone at the table orders this dish (or I beg them to) and I dive right into the sauce. To call it divine is an understatement. I could eat a whole bowl of this sauce with some naan bread or rice. I have actually made this dish at home, and replaced the lamb with chicken.
Photo: world of jan/flickr
White Spot: Legendary Burger
Hands down, my favourite burger. I get it with lettuce and tomato too. Doesn’t even need cheese, the secret sauce is so delicious, topped with a sweet-ish bun. Anna still hasn’t tried one, and it makes me crazy.
Photo: A Lau/flickr
Dish on your favourite dishes. I’d love to try them. (No offal, please and thank you.)
* Though I generally eat gluten-free, every once in a while I have to give into my pasta and pizza cravings.
Top photo: Adam Fagan/flickr