Food & Drink in Vancouver

C$5 for C$10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt, Toppings, and Treats at Pinkberry

Pinkberry

Multiple Locations

C$10 C$5

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Refreshing premium frozen yogurt made with Canadian nonfat milk and crowned with fresh fruit cut daily and gourmet toppings

Himalayan Dinner for Two or Four at Yak & Yeti Bistro (Up to 50% Off)

Yak & Yeti Bistro

Kitsilano

C$25 C$14

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Modern Himalayan cuisine highlights imported spices and local ingredients in dishes such as duck cooked in ginger and chicken sizzler

C$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for C$6 Worth of Bubble Tea and Sweets at Tasty Life Cafe (C$24 Value)

Tasty Life Cafe

Vancouver

C$6 C$3

Delicious honey-oolong, hazelnut, and mango bubble tea; wide selection of black and green teas; ice cream and puddings for dessert

French Lunch for Two, Dinner for Two or Four, or Take-Out at La Cigale French Bistro (Up to 42% Off)

La Cigale French Bistro

Kitsilano

C$25 C$19

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Mother-and-son team operate bistro with authentic French cuisine including escargot and boeuf bourguignon; celebrating two-year anniversary

Hibachi Meal for Two or Four at Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House (Up to 45% Off)

Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House

West End

C$100 C$59.99

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Japanese-style hibachi dinners prepared tableside with samurai chefs showing off their knife skills and kimono-clad food servers.

Cabaret or Magic Comedy Game Show for Two or Four with Three-Course Dinner at Lux Lounge (Up to 46% Off)

Lux Lounge

Downtown Vancouver

C$120 C$69

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See Cabaret Torlage's blend of music, theater, and burlesque or a Magic Comedy game show while eating a three-course meal

C$20 for C$40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Al Porto Ristorante

Al Porto Ristorante

Downtown Vancouver

C$40 C$20

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Restaurant nestles diners in rustic Tuscan ambiance for authentic Italian antipastos, pizzas & succulent seafood entrees

C$49 for Afternoon Tea for Two with Parking at Fairmont Vancouver Airport (C$102 Value)

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Vancouver

C$102 C$49

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Guests indulge in housemade scones, strawberry jam and Devonshire cream, and petite sandwiches layered with turkey or curried egg salad

C$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for C$10 Worth of Pasta at The First Ravioli Store (C$30 Total Value)

The First Ravioli Store

The First Ravioli Store

C$10 C$5

Stock up on freshly prepared sauces and noodles, such as provolone and prosciutto tortellini or goat cheese and red pepper ravioli

C$9 for One 9-Piece Tin of Salted Caramel from ChocolaTas (51% Value). Two Locations Available.

ChocolaTas

Multiple Locations

C$18.50 C$9

Gourmet, handmade salted caramels are made with premium ingredients and placed inside festive tin

Szechuan Cuisine for Dinner or Takeout at The Original Szechuan Chongqing Bistro (Up to 50% Off)

The Original Szechuan Chongqing Bistro

International Village

C$20 C$15

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Szechuan-inspired cuisine including ginger beef, Szechuan-style green beans, and honey garlic spare ribs

Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four or Lunch for Two at La Régalade French Bistro (Up to 48% Off)

La Regalade

La Regalade

C$97.50 C$54

Beef bourguignon, roast duck, and steamed and marinated mussels served in a casual French eatery with an outdoor garden patio

10 or 20 Chicken or Beef Kebabs, or 41-Piece Barbecue Platter from Hanna Meat (Up to 52% Off)

Hanna Meat

Renfrew-Collingwood

C$30 C$15

Takeout platters of chicken and beef kebabs, chicken souvlaki, grilled lamb, and chicken wings

Fusion Cuisine for Two or Four at The Ascot (Half Off)

The Ascot

Downtown Vancouver

C$30 C$15

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Sassafras beef short ribs, pulled pork tacos, and halibut ceviche served in an English-style pub with a heated open-air patio

Dinner for Two Adults and Two Children, or C$20 for C$40 Worth of International Food at Brasserie Bistro

Brasserie Bistro

Vancouver

C$40 C$20

Chefs whip up a variety of Canadian- & comfort-food, from chili lime prawns to poutine to burgers made with prime rib or salmon fillets

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Skyline Pub Crawl (Half Off)

Skyline Pub Crawl

Vancouver

C$40 C$20

Friendly, entertaining guides lead partygoers on an all-night odyssey of local nightlife with trips to four different bars

Ukrainian Meal for Two or Four at European Breads (Up to 63% Off)

European Breads

Downtown Vancouver

C$46.85 C$18

Eastern European specialties such as borscht, perogies, and cabbage rolls served in a cozy café that specializes in artisan breads

Beer-Brewing or Winemaking Class for One, Two, or Four at Broadway Brewing and Winemaking (Up to 58% Off)

Broadway Brewing and Winemaking

Kitsilano

C$45 C$22

Students learn how to sterilize equipment, ferment their libation, and bottle it under the tutelage of DIY experts

One or Three Vouchers for Authentic Belgian Fries and Double-Layered Poutine at {FRITES} (40% Off)

{FRITES}

Downtown Vancouver

C$25 C$15

Authentic Belgian fries smothered in classic double-layered poutine and cheese, or a blend of house sauces and gourmet toppings

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In March of 2014, Vancouver institution Solly?s Bagelry celebrated its 20th year of serving its signature Brooklyn-style bagels. In honor of the anniversary, we spoke with the founder and current owner Leah Markovitch about how she kept true to her grandmother's traditional recipes over the course of two decades.

Bohemian Spirit

Solly?s Bagelry exudes a homespun charm. Markovitch describes the delis as places where people could feel comfortable kicking off their shoes and relaxing. The antique furniture, mismatched sets of chairs, and soundtracks of old jazz and Jewish songs exemplify Solly?s Bagelry's laid-back and nostalgic spirit.

What's Not To Like?

Markovitch grew up baking and cooking alongside her grandmother, who taught her to create traditional Old-Country meals with simple but flavorful ingredients. When faced with an unfamiliar dish, Markovitch would ask her grandmother, "Will I like this?", and she invariably received the same response: "What's not to like?"

Solly?s Bagelry continues to use many of Markovitch's grandmother's generations-old recipes today, making everything from challah to knishes from scratch. None of the dishes can be considered haute cuisine or upscale street foods, but they emphatically aren't meant to. Instead, Markovitch says that her grandmother's family recipes showcase the sort of flavors that can only come from rustic, traditional home cooking.

"What's not to like?" now serves as a slogan at Solly?s Bagelry.

The Bagels

Taking inspiration from the Jewish delis of Brooklyn, Solly?s Bagelry boils and hand-rolls more than a dozen styles of bagels, which move straight from the deck ovens to the display cases. This style of bagel is famous for its texture, which is noticeably chewier than many deli or caf? bagels. Although they might seem different at first, Markovitch recommends trying one of these signature creations "if you want to taste tradition."

Artistic License

Markovitch recognizes how fortunate she is to have access to butter, chocolate, and other ingredients that would have been considered luxurious delicacies for past generations of Eastern Europeans. She uses these ingredients to add richer and heartier flavors to certain creations, and she even takes a bit of artistic license by creating inventive items, such as samosa knishes and chocolate matzah. However, she is quick to point out that, even when experimenting, Solly?s Bagelry never strays too far from the original recipes, and tradition is still the baseline. Some of the items' flavors may have changed a bit, but Markovitch says, "there's not too much that my grandmother would be surprised at."

189 28th Ave E
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Stuart Gross’ passion for holistic healthcare stems from personal experience. After his young son spent many months enduring eczema that had not responded to conventional treatment, Gross took him to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was able to clear the symptoms almost overnight. Gross had also been affected by the passing of his father, who died of preventable diabetes and heart disease at the age of 54, as well as the death of his father-in-law, which was a result of the side effects of the drugs he was taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Gross decided to give up his career as an auto mechanic and explore ways in which alternative therapies can heal people. He took a course in nutrition and started working in a health store. Using skills developed during his car-repair days, Gross then trained in various holistic assessment tools and equipment.

Today, Gross uses his knowledge and experience at Yaletown Holistics, where he offers services including oxygen therapy and a variety of homeopathic and nutritional supplements. Gross is also an advanced practitioner in electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), a German-made diagnostic device designed to reveal bodily imbalances and conditions such as food sensitivities and heavy-metal toxicity. Guests also target impurities in a cozy, private infrared sauna, which can be used in conjunction with an iPod or personal yodeler to provide relaxing music.

1208 Homer St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Weaving a tapestry of authentic subcontinental dishes, the chefs at Maurya Indian Cuisine incorporated ingredients from across India’s varied regions. The country’s street food vendors are represented by the toasted potato and pea-cake appetizers; Goa is represented by spicy chicken, lamb, or beef vindaloo; and the tastes of South India make an appearance in the coconut- and poppy seed–flavoured chettinad paste. The restaurant’s base sauce—a mix of five sauces— flavours hearty, shareable portions of lamb, chicken, fish, and goat. The bistro also keeps vegetarians sated with eats that include black lentils slow-cooked overnight and several styles of naan, including one that is equipped with WiFi.

Food arrives with a choice of ambiance. One is the well-lit dining room decked out with long drapes suspended from a high ceiling. The other is served on the eatery’s patio, complete with its own chef who tends to the outdoor tandoor oven. Whether indoors or out, the staff maintains a high standard of professionalism, earning an array of positive press mentions, including Dine Out Vancouver's Best Bite award for service in 2010.

1643 Broadway W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

At The Libra Room, if the bartender asks, "What's your sign?", it usually results in a cocktail, not a detailed presentation of your moon signs, relationship compatibility, and chances of dying in a coffee-grinding accident. The astrologically inspired restaurant creates martinis and cocktails designed specifically for each astrological sign—such as cognac and Grand Marnier for the sensitive and open Pisces and espresso vodka and white-chocolate martinis for discriminating Virgos. But The Libra Room is more than just a bar with cosmic libations. With live music seven nights a week, the music lounge and restaurant supports the local music scene, booking both budding musicians and Vancouver jazz greats such as John Korsrud, Wes Mackey, and Bruno Hubert. It also hosts major musical events, including the Vancouver Jazz Festival and New Music West festival.

Along with specialty cocktails and select wines, The Libra Room serves a menu packed with burgers, pizza, and other great bites for sharing, such as mussels and cheese platters. The colourful space combines the rustic charm of exposed-brick walls and wooden tables with the eclectic charm of large lava lamps and prismatic lights that illuminate the bar.

1608 Commercial Dr
Vancouver,
BC
CA

On his CTV News feature, La Belle Patate founder Mathieu Lott revealed he disdains the word "chef" and rather prefers his chosen title: Grease King. The name belies his and founder, as well as native Montrealer, Pascal Cormier's devotion to down-home cooking, a style that embraces the humble simmer of the deep-fryer over the fuss of candlelight, linens, and diamond-encrusted toothpicks. His poutine dishes inject three diner locations with classic Quebec flavour, layering hand-cut, double-cooked french fries with cheese curds and a ladle of vegetarian brown sauce.

At his original venue in Victoria, Mathieu and his staff put on a sensory show for guests at all stages of their poutine prep. Once the potatoes have tumbled in an antique peeler, they are sliced in view of the tables, then cooked twice in bubbling oil. Each of the three locations attests that its never-frozen cheese curds squeak when chewed, a noise that indicates their quality and desire to be heard. The poutine menu covers creative takes on the traditional curds-and-sauce staple, including an egg-laden breakfast poutine and a Meat Lover poutine with beef, bacon, and pepperoni. The kitchen also crafts handmade burgers, Montreal smoked-meat sandwiches, and steamed hot dogs to accompany the potato mainstay.

1215 Davie St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Subeez’s team of chefs—champions of contemporary fare infused with eclectic twists—whip up familiar-yet-unique noshes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Amid an open kitchen looking on to the warmly lit dining room, culinary gurus chop and stir for an audience of eaters as they architect dishes featuring mouthwatering ingredients such as watermelon-jalapeno coulis, house-cured duck leg, and foccacia bread fresh from the oven. Alongside hearty steak frites and lamb shanks, a host of meatless fare dapples the menu and exemplifies the kitchen’s dedication to pleasing the palates of vegans, vegetarians, and visiting apatosauruses. Dexterous bar tenders concoct artful libations before launching them down the sleek wooden bar, and baristas specializing in the art of bean brewing send mugs of perfectly percolated coffee out to tables.

Intent on fostering a welcoming atmosphere, attentive servers continually wend and soft-shoe through the dining room’s intimate booths and tables to ensure that each patron remains sated and free from stomach growls. To further enhance the restaurant’s sense of youthful, eclectic energy, a lineup of DJs holds court in-house on Thursday through Sunday evenings spinning sonic webs of R&B, funk, and dubstep.

891 Homer St
Vancouver,
BC
CA