Sipping & Supping

Absinthe Bistro
1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Ph: 604 566-6903

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We were going to see The God that Comes at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Looking around for a different restaurant in the vicinity of the Cultch, I came across the Absinthe Bistro and thought we would give it a try. It was a good choice. A cosy, friendly, very busy restaurant, they offer a fixed price menu although you can also order the items  a la carte.

Kamei Baru
990 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 559 8588     Kamei Baru on Urbanspoon

It is very rare that I dine at the same restaurant twice within a week but the recently (6 months) opened Kamei Baru is conveniently located a few doors away from the Scotiabank Cinema complex where I just happened to see two films set in space, two days apart. The first night, on a rainy Halloween, after seeing Gravity with a friend, we decided to drop in and try Kamei Baru for a light supper.

Portobello Ristorante
1429 West Broadway (cross street Granville)
Phone (604) 734-0697 or reserve online through OpenTable

Portobello Ristorante on Urbanspoon      Portobello Ristorante Ltd on Foodio54

 With a planned visit to Pacific Theatre on West 12th for the opening night of  Daniel McIvor's play, Communion, we decided on a pre-show dinner at Portobello Ristorante. Although we were quite a bit earlier than our Open Table reservation time, we were seated promptly and offered ice water while we perused the menu. We both decided to try a glass of the house white wine, a Trebbiano wine from Citra winery in the Abruzzo region of central Italy - a crisp dryish wine with a citrus flavour.

Vancouver Canucks  Bar and Grill
at Vancouver Airport US Departures

With a mid-morning flight to the US, as always I got myself to Vancouver International Airport with lots of time spare before boarding. Not wanting to succumb to the awful snack choices on board, I usually treat myself to a light meal at one of the restaurants. My favorite is Vino Volo, although I go for the appetizer plates rather than the nice wine selection but today I really wanted a breakfast omelette.

I asked the helpful server if there was anywhere serving a decent omelette in this section of the airport and she mentioned that a new restaurant had opened yesterday, a little further towards my boarding gate, although she did not know what type of menu they were offering. Deciding to check it out, I wandered along to see the Vancouver Canucks Bar and Grill. This was in fact the new restaurant and in the breakfast part of their menu was exactly what I wanted - a bacon and cheese omelette.

Hub Restaurant and Lounge
1165 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2
Ph: (604) 696-0400

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Hub Restaurant and Lounge on Foodio54

Hungry after a couple of intense hours of boot camp, we walked up to Mainland Street's restaurant row for supper but did not get very far. My dinner companion confessed that since his last visit here he had been craving for a repeat meal of the sushi burger at Hub Restaurant. So that's where we went.  The Sushi burger consists of sesame crusted albacore tune loin with a wasabi soy mayonnaise, cucumber avocado, lettuce  and a soy chili dip. There is a choice of side house or Caesar salad or fries. As you can see he chose fries, which I was only too delighted to share because if you don't order the fries yourself the calories don't count.  They were crisp and good but I left some for him anyway!

Sushi Bella on Davie
1175 Davie Street,
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (694) 559-7707
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Friends who live round the corner from Sushi Bella had been urging us to try it out. Davie Street was swarming with people in town for the annual Pride Parade and the restaurant was fairly full but luckily we had made a reservation. While we were debating  the rest of our sushi  choices, we ordered gyoza and the sushi pizza to share as starters. The gyoza were plump and juicy.

The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Yaletown
1011 Mainland, Vancouver
Ph: (604) 633 3524 or reserve through OpenTable

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar on Urbanspoon

Four of us decided to head up to The Keg on the corner of Mainland and Nelson for dinner. I made a reservation through Opentable and requested a patio table,  only to realize that the very popular patio tables at the Keg are assigned on first-come, first-served. Two of our party decided to go a bit earlier to see if there was  room on the patio but were told there would be at least an hour wait, so we settled for a table near the window, and ordered wine while we waited for the others.

Although I had thought I would order a BC Gewürtztraminer but when Jeff, our server brought a taster of my selection and of an Italian Pinot Grigio, I  actually ended up choosing the latter: a Danzante Pinot Grigio from Delle Venezia, Italy.

Cactus Club Cafe, Coal Harbour
1085 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 620 7140

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On a glorious sunny Vancouver Sunday, twenty-three of us arrived at the Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour  for an family out-of-towners post-wedding lunch. Canada Place was humming with activity. There were a couple of cruise ships docked, the open-air market was crowded and everywhere, people were enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the water.

Fable Kitchen
1944 West 4th (between Maple and Cypress)
Vancouver
Ph: (604) - 732-1322 or on line through OpenTable

Fable Kitchen on Urbanspoon

It was definitely time for me to get back into my dinner-and-a-show routine that had been so neglected as I ticked off items on my  travel bucket list like the Amazon River,  and a transatlantic crossing  on Queen Mary 2.  It was also time for me to catch up on some of the  restaurants that have opened outside my regular walking range of Yaletown and downtown  Vancouver.

Minami Restaurant
1118 Mainland Street, Yaletown.
Ph: (604) 685-8080 or Reserve Online

Minami on Urbanspoon

With some time in between appointments in Yaletown I decided to drop in Minami restaurant on Mainland for a quick sushi lunch. It is quite a while since I ate there (Minami Restaurant review) as I have been away traveling on the Amazon River (An Amazon River Journey into the Jungle of Peru) and other places in South America and South Africa, as well as cruising from Cape Town to New York on the QM2.

I was thinking hungrily of the aburi sushi that I had eaten,  both at Minami and the sister restaurant (Miku - also reviewed previously) and so I got an order of the aburi salmon oshi sushi - local wild salmon with miku sauce as well as the soft shell shrimp roll.

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