5 new Vancouver restaurants to try right now


With spring comes the sunshine, the blooming flowers, and a sense of fresh renewal. So now that you’ve tossed aside your winter coat for the time being, it’s time to work some fresh dining options into your routine.

There have been several exciting new openings over the past few months. Maybe you’ve already tried the Canadian comfort fare at Timber, the gorgeous salads at Field & Social, chic Thai eats at Pink Elephant’s Marine Gateway outpost, fried chicken ramen at Ramen Gojiro, Texas-style BBQ at Dixie’s, or the tacos at La Catrina, but are still hungry for something you haven’t had in the city yet.

Here are five new Vancouver restaurants to try right now:

Anh + Chi

Pho Hoang on Main may be no more, but the legacy lives on, and gets a modern update, thanks to Vincent and Amelie Nguyen (kids of the original Pho Hoang owners), who have opened Anh + Chi in the same space, but with a new look and new dishes. Look for a menu well-flavoured regional staples found on the streets of Vietnam at this chic restaurant that’s already drawing raves.

Address: 3388 Main Street
Phone: 604-874-0832
Twitter: @anhandchi


SEE ALSO: Pho Hoang transformed into Anh + Chi, opening early April

Jam Café

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Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Just opened in mid-April, Jam Cafe has a fun menu of inventive breakfast fare, like Pulled Pork Pancakes, Fried Chicken Eggs Benny, stuffed french toast plates, massive breakfast bowls, and a ton more. Ideal for casual morning meet-ups, cheat day weekday breakfast, hangover eats, laid back lunching, or weekend brunch, odds are high Vancouver’s Jam Cafe will draw lines to rival those found at its original Victoria location, since they seem to have found a terrific recipe for great food in a comfy space.

Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @JamCafeYVR


SEE ALSO: Jam Cafe: Victoria's eclectic breakfast spot opens in Vancouver

‘ONO Raw Bar

Nigiri bites at 'ONO Raw Bar (Kalu Interiors)

Nigiri bites at ‘ONO Raw Bar (Kalu Interiors)

Taking its name from the Hawaiian word for delicious ‘ONO Raw Bar offers an extensive selection of fresh fish flown in daily from the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. In addition to à la carte options like sushi rolls, nigiri, carpaccio, and skewers, Omakase (the Japanese equivalent of a chef’s tasting menu) is also available.

Address: 221 Carrall Street
Phone: 604-569-2215
Twitter: @ONOrawbar


SEE ALSO: 'ONO Raw Bar: Japanese-inspired seafood and omakase in ex-Cork & Fin spot


Falafel platter with the works (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Falafel platter with the works (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

This one is a restaurant on wheels, so you’ll have to get mobile and track them down, until they settle into their permanent spot at 884 Cordova on April 25. With a menu dedicated to comforting vegetarian eats and Israeli staples, customers who visit Chickpea will find–you guessed it–freshly made falafel (ordered in a pita or as part of a platter), hummus, shakshuka (a tangy tomato and egg dish), and sabich (eggplant sandwich), among other dishes.

Address: Location varies, check Facebook and Twitter for updates; 884 Cordova starting April 25.
Twitter: @ILoveChickpea


SEE ALSO: Chickpea food truck wheels into town with Mediterranean-inspired menu

Pepper Lunch – Vancouver

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Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

This is the first location of Japanese import Pepper Lunch located in the City of Vancouver; the first one in the Metro area hit Richmond in 2015. The counter-service eatery has customers ordering their desired meat and/or veggie with brown or white rice or pasta, then heading to their tables. Then their “sizzle plates” are brought over, and diners finish up the cooking to taste.

Address: 2323 Cambie Street
Twitter: @PepperLunchCA

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SEE ALSO: Pepper Lunch: First look inside new Vancouver location (PHOTOS)

There’s plenty more to look forward to in the coming months, too, like David Hawksworth’s Nightingale, a build-your-own poke bowl spot on Main Street, Kissa Tanto from the team at Bao Bei, two TAPShack locations replacing Mill Marine Bistro and the Pirate Pub, and the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar–just to name a few.

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com

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