The chefs at Zen Japanese Restaurant serve up Japanese cuisine with West Coast flair. Sushi rolls unite traditional ingredients such as shrimp and tuna with fusion adornments such as honey-dijon sesame sauce and mango chutney. Cooked selections such as new york cut strip steak and tuna paté sizzle in tempura batter or atop a robata grill.
One of the first participants in the Vancouver aquarium's Ocean Wise program, Zen also helps customers make ocean-friendly choices by marking sustainably fished seafood dishes with a special logo on its menus. Ocean views both inside the restaurant and on a heated outdoor patio also let them show their love of things marine by waving to wistful mermaids out at sea.
At Basil's Sub, chefs marinate delicately spiced meats over the course of three days and then slow-roast them to succulent perfection before nestling them into fresh-baked ciabatta bread. After marinating in red-wine sauce and roasting for 10 hours, tender lamb dons homemade tapenades such as creamy pesto or roasted eggplant. Beef basks in smoky steam before boarding a barbecue sandwich padded with crunchy coleslaw. Smother lingering hunger pangs with a bag of chips, or blow into a bottle of pop to quench thirst or simulate a steam engine's mating call. Basil's sandwich makers cater large parties as well, packing sandwiches, salads, and soups packed with flavourful sustenance.
At Gen Sushi, chefs roll more than 100 sushi options that populate a menu marked by authentic Japanese reverence to simple ingredients. The interior is a lesson in subtle elegance, with the restaurant's friendly staff seating guests at mahogany tables in a dining room with large, black-panelled front windows and walls pocked with traditional Japanese artwork. With a boatload of sushi offerings, rice bowls, and noodles, the eatery also serves convenient lunch and dinner boxes as well as mammoth party trays ideal for corporate eating contests.
If you stretched a hand to the exposed wood beams that support Narrows Pub’s sloped ceiling, you’d probably feel them vibrate. Twelve high-definition flat-screen TVs and two projection screens broadcast big games. The pub doesn’t allow the flashy, frenetic atmosphere to eclipse the cuisine, though; chefs hand-shape beef patties and load pizzas with upscale flourishes such as goat cheese and chorizo. During weekend brunch, diners savour omelettes as well as the sunlight that streams through Narrows Pub’s walls of windows.
After formally studying the culinary arts in Japan, Hanamura Japanese Restaurant's chef spent 20 years accruing experience and perfecting the staples that now fill his menu. Served in a pastel-green dining room with large bamboo shoots stationed between tables, the seasonally changing entrees evoke a trans-Pacific feel. Carefully arranged schools of sushi and sashimi line plates, and orders of tempura vegetables and seafood emerge from the kitchen as crispy as an autumn leaf covered with potato chips.
Since its humble beginnings in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964, Boston Pizza has grown into Canada-wide franchise that serves up more than 20 gourmet pizzas. The menu boasts more than 100 items ranging from crispy chicken wings dressed in spicy to sweet sauces and rubs to succulent burgers and sandwiches. Big-screen TVs broadcast hockey or prime ministers' wrestling matches as guests dig into hearty pastas or dive into desserts such as sticky toffee pudding.