Sometimes there just aren’t enough vacation days in a year and you find yourself craving something new. Instead of the usual, you might want to have a taste of Japan for lunch, or perhaps Caribbean flavours for dinner. Fortunately, Vancouver’s culinary seen is rapidly growing and can likely satisfy those cravings with a short drive down Main Street.
Here are 5 Restaurants on Main Street that Can Transport You Around the World:
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This little hole in the wall sushi spot is less reminiscent of a Japanese Zen garden and more like one of those sneaky shops hidden within Tokyo’s busy subway stations. Sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs hand roll fresh fish into countless maki rolls or reserve a traditional table and fill it with your best friends and sake. The Sashimi here is hands down some of the best in the city and the Box sushi is a regular favourite. For those who prefer their sushi slightly seared, don’t miss out on the Tuna Tataki.
- Location: 181 E 16th Ave Hours: 5pm – 930. Closed Sundays and Mondays
The French Table
For a little bit of France, The French Table offers a delicious European twist on breakfast, lunch or dinner. At the helm of the kitchen is Master Executive Chef Herve Martin and with his 3 Michelin Stars behind him, he’s created a menu based on traditional French fare. The restaurant’s warm and welcoming atmosphere is comprised of upholstered booths, glass tables and wine glasses waiting to be filled. The back wall of the space also features an impressive wine rack, highlighting a generous menu that offers a selection of Old and New world vintages. Pair a large glass of Pinot Noir with Duck terrine on a grey day or cozy up to a Croque Monsieur and French Onion Soup. If you’re feeling indulgent, try the three cheese fondue.
- Location: 3916 Main Street Hours: 1130 – 2pm, 5 – 10pm
The Shameful Tiki Room
Entering into the Shameful Tiki Room at 28th and Main is like discovering the most authentic tiki lounge in Maui but never boarding a plane. Decor from around the world transports you to the bygone era of traditional tiki lounges and the establishments low lighting, island music and sunny sweet cocktails add to the ambience. The Shameful Tiki Room offers a smaller menu of traditional island favourites like tacos and sliders but its their colourful cocktail menu and home made creations that keep you coming back for more. Go big or go home and order the Volcano Bowl for thunder, lightening and an impressive presentation.
- Location: 4362 Main Street, Hours: 5pm – late
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Sun Sui Wah Seafood House
What Sun Sui Wah lacks in presentation they make up for in flavour and if you ever have the chance to visit a Seafood House in China, you’d be likely to find the same sort of open, busy space. Sun Sui Wah isn’t fancy from the start; you enter into a plain cement building to a large dining room and sit at round tables where they serve you family style. Only red Chinese lanterns and hurried conversations float above the white linen tables while servers race around the room to deliver authentic Chinese dishes. Since Sun Wui Wah is a seafood house and we live in BC, pick from the live tank and order scallops with special garlic sauce, lobster with butter or baked crab with Singapore Curry.
- Location: 3888 Main Street Hours: 10:30 – 3pm / 5 – 10pm
Inspired by the sights and sounds of the Caribbean, the Reef restaurant located on Main Street can whisk you away from the rain drenched city and carry you off to the sun soaked beach. Brightly adorned with colourful, kitschy items, tropical plants and a reggae vibe, the Reef is a casual, fun and friendly spot that’s guaranteed to lift your mood. Try the Kingston Quesedilla with spicy jerk chicken, melted cheese and peppers or the flavourful West Indian Curry with fresh mango chutney.
- Location: 4172 Main Street, Hours: 11am – late, Weekends 10am – late
Written by: Annie Kingston
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