Settle arm-wrestling scores over sips and scones with The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's afternoon tea for two ($36 per person), currently themed as "The Princess and the Tea." Guests will sit in the wing-backed chairs of the hotel's 900 West Lounge and be treated to fine finger foods made in-house and tasty teas, blended exclusively for Fairmont guests by the Metropolitan Tea Company. Delectables arrive on a three-tiered platter in an arrangement so appealing that Busby Berkeley's ghost's mouth would water—current bites include freshly baked plain and raisin scones, tea sandwiches topped with goodies such as chicken salad or cucumber, and pastries including lemon cheesecake and fruit tarts. Teawise, Fairmont's 14 flavours include the caramel notes of Maple Maple, the stress-reducing Egyptian chamomile, the green goodness of Jasmine Butterfly #1, and the limited edition 1907 Centennial Blend, drawing from a Harlem Globetrotter's passport's worth of international influences.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Ripple Rock Cafe starts off mornings with the rich aromas of freshly brewed coffee and warm pastries, and greets the afternoon with healthy salads and hearty sandwiches. Like a tropical beach created by covering the bathroom floor with sand, the bill of fare is both homey and exotic—smoked meatloaf and cold turkey sandwiches are served alongside quinoa falafel wraps and sandwiches stuffed with prosciutto, fig, and goat cheese. Breakfast finds guests leisurely sipping lattes and frothy cappuccinos, or fuelling their bodies for work with wild mushroom omelets, eggs cooked any way, and homemade granola bars.
With a simple, soothing interior and a large menu of coffee, bubble tea, shakes, and pastries, it's clear that the owners of Tasty Life Cafe know what their customers like. Their formula isn't complicated: supplement a calm atmosphere with coffee, a sprawling variety of teas, and desserts that include custards and fruit-heaped cakes, and watch as the caf? becomes the go-to oasis of myriad locals. Reading a book on the leather sofa, sharing cookies in the glow of a table lamp, or consulting a crystal ball to decide between tea with tapioca pearls or agar jelly, customers can appreciate the cafe's generous menu and warm environment.
Gyu King Teppanyaki's seasoned chefs tap into a rich 200-year-old tradition with their stir-fry-slinging teppanyaki technique. Chefs sear, simmer, and slice main dishes on an expansive steel teppan grill that can seat up to 20 diners around its perimeter to watch shrimp execute backflips and chicken glide through a ballroom waltz at the hands of each talented chef.
Seafood, game, and vegetables cook one at a time at a leisurely pace while peppered with only basic seasonings such as soy sauce and vinegar, fostering a relaxed communal atmosphere among the audience of diners. Guests dine and enjoy the show ensconced in red walls, recessed lighting, and modern Japanese decor, free from the anti-open-flame regulations of traditional theatrical performances.
Cuisine Type: Teppanyaki (Hibachi style) Japanese fare
Handicap Accessible: No
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Kobe Special Dinner
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: No
Outdoor Seating: No