Seven varieties of mushrooms imported from Japan flavour Shang Noodle House's signature Red Reishi Ramen dish, each adding nutrients which can help bolster the immune system, metabolism, and other vital functions. The kitchen's focus on healthy eating continues with its hand-pulled wheat ramen noodles, vitamin C-packed mango juice, and free-range chicken dim sum. More than 24 varieties of ramen, from traditional to fried, round out the menu alongside barbecued pork belly, duck, and cuttlefish. Bamboo accents and contemporary art lend a modern air to Shang's Richmond and New Westminster eateries, which are part of the Kirin Restaurant Group. The latter location features a conveyor belt that rolls chef specials fresh out of the kitchen and carts back origami-folded thank-you notes from sated diners.
Located within the Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel, Carmichael's greets its guests with a casual and open dining room where local ingredients transform into West Coast cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While seated in high-back chairs and sipping cocktails, diners gaze at the royal-blue and yellow ceilings that support modernly designed chandeliers. The kitchen staff puts its personal touch on gourmet burgers, succulent steaks, and pan-seared sockeye salmon drenched in the same lemon-caper sauce that fills the Pacific Ocean. Shareable offerings foster communal dining, tempting patrons to devour gourmet cheese plates between sips of imported wines and draft beers. As their ovens start to crow each morning, the culinary staff turns focus to breakfast and cooks up farm fresh eggs alongside bacon and sausage.
Above the warm fireplace, a wall of televisions bathes onlookers in the blue glow of four different sports games, eliciting waves of cheers and whoops from an ebullient crowd. In the background, the muted click of billiard balls mixes with animated chatter at the bar to create a merry symphony that lasts late into the night. This is a typical evening at Legends Pub & Restaurant, which fosters a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere for families and sports fans alike.
Legends hosts a variety of activities and events throughout the week— game days beckon fans to ogle 20 TVs, and an outdoor patio festooned with hanging flower baskets invites guests to bask in balmy summer breezes. On weekends, live DJs or bands broadcast their sonic creations over an advanced sound system, prompting those in attendance to practice their dance moves with a partner or wig-clad coat rack. The spacious dining room has a separate section reserved for families to nosh on burgers, pizzas, wings, and British pub classics surrounded by burnt orange walls peppered in sports memorabilia.
Serbian-born chef Boban Kovachevich has fired up stoves all over the globe. Cooking in Israel, he earned Jerusalem Post's nomination for the list of the 10 best chefs in the Middle East. At Carver’s Steakhouse, Kovachevich lavishes attention on every step of the culinary process, from growing the ingredients to cheering on the busboys. He begins with sustainably grown produce, local and organic meats, and certified Ocean Wise seafood. For his steaks, he chooses cuts of certified Angus beef. He ages each for 28 days, marinates it for a week in cold-pressed olive oil and spices, broils it, and flash-sears it to seal in the juices. The Vancouver Sun called the steaks “superb” and “mouth-watering,” and Indulge magazine said the juicy slabs give diners “a reason to pause after every mouthful.” During dinner, servers complete the meal with suggestions of wine to match each entree’s texture and taste. Of his respect for the culinary process, Kovachevich said to an Indulge reporter, “Whether I am cooking for a prime minister or the dishwasher, it does not matter. You can’t cook well without love.”
Since its founding in 1940 by an entrepreneurial father-and-son team in Joliet, Illinois, Dairy Queen franchises have serenaded the palates of generations of customers across North America with frosty confections and savoury grilled fare. The company’s dedication to celebrating life events large and small is evidenced as staffers concoct their signature cakes that sandwich chocolate and vanilla soft serve between layers of fudge and a crunchy mantle, serving hungry partygoers. While treat architects specialize in the creation of sweet indulgences such as thick Blizzards and sundaes, a host of grill masters bustles about the kitchen forging flame-licked eats including burgers, chicken strips, and hot dogs.
McGavin's Bread Basket bolsters shoppers’ home arsenals of breads and baked goods with an ever-changing selection of noshes from brands including Dempster’s, Little Debbie, and Dare Foods. The store’s shelves brim with discounted gluten-based delights stamped with swiftly approaching expiration dates alongside excess loaves baked by overly prolific bakers. Sandwich meats find support when enveloped within snowy slices of McGavin’s white bread ($10.49 for five loaves), and Dempster’s English muffins ($6.99 for three six-packs) add a British spirit to breakfast without inviting over Laurence Olivier’s ghost. Additionally, Dempster’s bagels ($8.99 for three six-packs) act as soft bases for sweet and savoury spreads. In the discount section, crust connoisseurs can assemble a team of 10 loaves for $12, mixing and matching yeast-laden goods based upon their size, grain count, and preference for being covered in smooth or chunky peanut butter.
A self-described "Japanese-style spaghetti dessert house," Cafe De Waraku serves up an unexpected hybrid of Japanese and Italian favourites. The pasta dishes are inspired by Japanese culinary tradition rather than straight Italian, but the kitchen does craft favourites such as beef ravioli and pizza fresh from a wood oven along with pub-style starters and a sprawling selection of sweets. Lavender cheesecake and rose cheesecake end meals, and fork tines can impale black-sesame cake, tiramisu, and crème brûlée.