A new home for Franco-Vietnamese-inspired dining, a place that revolves around waffles and a new destination Richmond that breaks barriers: these are just a few of the new restaurants ready to welcome diners from all over Vancouver.
We’ve compiled this list of recently opened restaurants to help you if you’re on the hunt for something new to your taste buds or to discover a new location from an existing favorite.
This striking newcomer has moved into the old Senova space in Kerrisdale and is the project of local chef Kevin Lin and famous food influencer Steph Wan. Lin, who was previously linked to Vancouver’s upcoming Saola and Richmond’s Uncle’s Snack Shop, has now changed course to start his own business, showcasing his take on modern ‘West Coast Japanese’ cuisine.
Say hello to the new French bistro that replaced the Copper Chimney inside the Executive Hotel Le Soleil in the heart of downtown. The emphasis here is on traditional and familiar classic French dishes, served in an elegant space, but with the aim of keeping things fun. Look for plenty of finished table items, a thoughtful wine and cocktail list, and great desserts to complement your meal.
Coffee company Whistler’s Forecast has opened its third outpost, and they make great food and drink all day with a true community-centric feel in the space that was previously Starbucks’ huge, chic “stash”. at Main and 14th at Mount Pleasant. They have tons of breakfast pastries and bites, lunch options like salads, sandwiches, and bowls, and of course their own coffee. Extended hours and evening menu – with cocktails – to come.
Cafe Linh – Vancouver House
Kitsilano’s much-loved Linh Cafe, a long-time staple for French-Vietnamese comfort food, has opened its highly anticipated downtown location with stunning contemporary space in the high-profile Vancouver House development. With the opening of the new spot, Linh Cafe has temporarily closed its original location for renovations.
The doors are now officially open to the ambitious Gastown company of Kozak. What started out as a bakery business based in local farmers’ markets evolved into a New West coffee bakery, then they added a restaurant on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver. Now the Ukrainian Restaurant has launched a full-service restaurant in the historic Gastown space that once housed the Bauhaus at 1 West Cordova.
Kingsway’s Canffle is all about the waffles. Here, the classic chewy and squared treat is presented in different styles. Canffle’s “signature” item is a Norwegian brown cheese waffle, which is a version of a beloved Norwegian treat, with “brown cheese” on a crispy maple syrup waffle. whipped cream.
Bruno is certainly not the kind of restaurant Richmond is used to; Featuring hyper-local ingredients, Bruno (at the new Versante Hotel) isn’t even just a Pacific Northwest restaurant, he aims to redefine what it means to be a Richmond restaurant. The menu here certainly takes hotel catering to another level. You have awesome high-quality ingredients, many with a touch of luxury – think foie gras and tomahawk steaks – presented with a bit of theatricality.
Chicken Downlow – UBC
“Restaurant Row” at University Boulevard Central (6065 University Blvd) is now home to DL Chicken number two. It’s the perfect place to enjoy some of the most mouth-watering fried chicken in town, made as hot (or soft) as it gets, Nashville-style on sandwiches and combos.
Urban Thai Bistro – Dunbar
Veteran Thai restaurant group, Thai House, has reopened its popular Urban Thai Bistro (last in Yaletown) in a new location. Now they are up and running in Dunbar, offering a selection of authentic traditional Thai food and a wine bar.