Dine Out Vancouver: Best $18 Menus

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Dine Out Vancouver 2014, Canada’s largest restaurant festival, produced by Tourism Vancouver, and presented by American Express dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from hundreds of restaurants, a 17 day calendar of culinary events and dozens of hotel options to create your own delicious dining experiences.

Hapa Izakaya

Traditionally, Izakaya’s in Japan were down-to-earth places where people could grab some sake, beer, and some eats, after work – think, grabbing a pint after getting off from a long day in the office.

In Vancouver, Lea and Justin Ault introduced Hapa in 2003, exploding the izakaya concept on our west coast, and setting the bar high for the host of contenders that followed.

Voted “Top Five Izakayas In North America” by Bon Appétit Magazine; topping “Industry and Readers Choice” Georgia Straight awards for Best Japanese in 2012 and Best Izakaya in 2013; and “Best Casual Chain, Silver” by Vancouver Magazine in 2013, Hapa continues to offer a winning combination of Japanese cuisine, fun, and culture, paired with local seasonal and Ocean Wise ™ ingredients.

If you are hungry, Hapa’s 2014 Dine Out offerings are sure to satisfy.

Hapa Kitsilano Menu $18
1516 Yew Street Vancouver BC V6K 3E4 | 604.738.4272

Hapa Robson Menu $28
1479 Robson Street Vancouver BC V6G 1C1 | 604.689.4272

Hapa Yaletown Menu $28
1193 Hamilton Street Vancouver BC V6B 5P6 | 604.681.4272

Hapa Coal Harbour Menu $28
909 West Cordova Street Waterfront Centre Office Tower (Cordova Street Entrance) Vancouver BC V6C 0A7 | 604.420.4272

 

Bistro 101 – Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts was founded to create a ‘real-world’ training experience for the school’s professional Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts was the first private training facility in Canada with a fine dining restaurant on the premises. To master all aspects of restaurant organization, the Restaurant Instructors guide students through formal guest service (front of house training).

Open five days a week for à la carte & buffet dining and available for private events, weddings and catering functions, Bistro 101 provides guests with both a fine-dining experience and a glimpse at the world’s future great Chefs in training.

As part of Dine Out Vancouver 2014, check out Bistro 101 and partake in a delicious three course meal for only $18 (yes, that’s for both lunch and dinner)!

Bistro 101 Menu $18
#101 – 1505 West 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y4 | 604.734.0101

 

The Reef Caribbean Restaurant

Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with their eclectic Caribbean fare and drinks.

The Reef’s menus sparkle with the potential of lunch, brunch and dinner plates inspired by the styles and tastes of the Caribbean. Menu selections showcase flavourful West Indian curries , served vegetarian or with a choice of chicken or goat. For dinner, the Kingston quesadilla envelops either jerk chicken or tofu, peppers, melty cheddar, and refried beans, and the coco prawns roll around in toasted coconut before putting on a cool minted avocado yoghurt ski-bunny costume.

Vibrant colours, tropical plants, and kitschy signs bring you back to days spent skipping geometry in Caribbean boarding school, creating a casual, fun atmosphere for patron inhalation. The friendly and personable staff keeps the vibe upbeat, even when jerk seasonings rub off on the back-talking forks and napkins.

Proudly taking part in Dine Out Vancouver 2014, The Reef showcases a delicious 3 course meal for $18.

The Reef Restaurant on Main Menu $18
4172 Main Street Vancouver BC V5V 3P7 | 604.874.5375

The Reef Restaurant on The Drive Menu $18
1018 Commercial Drive Vancouver BC V5L 3W9 | 604.568.5375

 

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

There are many things they are passionate about at Rocky Mountain Flatbread: using lots of local & organic produce, free range organic meats & Ocean Wise seafood. Watch the show as they create handcrafted flatbread pizzas, daily pastas, seasonal soups, salads & desserts “to live for” from their open kitchens & artisan ovens. They also provide a wide selection of B.C. wines & local craft beers. And for all those pizza lovers who are wheat intolerant – they create extremely tasty gluten free pizzas! Daily salads, soups & cheesecakes are also gluten free!

Rocky Mountain Flatbreak Co. Menu $18
1876 West 1st Avenue Vancouver BC V6J 1GS | 604.730.0321

 

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

Trattoria Italian kitchen is fast becoming a signature Glowbal Group Restaurant – an energetic restaurant with a comfortable, relaxed feel for an unpretentious yet sophisticated food-loving clientele.

The restaurant seats 100, including a bar and lounge area as well as an intimate patio for 12. The menu amps up traditional Italian trattoria-style cuisine with a focus on sharing. Favorites include: signature thin-crust forno-baked pizzas; antipasto platter, burrata-filled zucchini blossoms, Kobe meatballs and Beef Carpaccio with gorgonzola polenta; signature pasta platters with Spaghetti and Kobe meatballs, Penne Pomodoro and Pappardelle with Lamb Sausage; and for dessert, House-made Tiramisu.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen boasts a large open room featuring their signature white marble bar serving classic cocktails with a new-age kick. A wrap around wine wall anchors the room and faces the open kitchen that puts you in the middle of the action.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen Menu $18
1850 W 4th Ave Vancouver BC V6J 1M3 | 604.732.1441

 

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