The $28 menu selections are probably the toughest to sort through, because they represent the most competitive price point. It’s good to see so much action here; and we’ve tried be somewhat eclectic in our choice. Any middle to upper tier place where you can enjoy a three course dinner for two plus glasses of wine for under $100 (possibly including taxes) is a pretty good deal indeed …
If you haven’t already, read our intro post to Dine Out Vancouver Festival ... We’re not suggesting that these are in any way the only places with $28 menus worth visiting. But we do suggest they rate, and we’ve visited every one. More on the selection criteria in the link above. Yes, there area few folks missing who probably should be here. And would be, if they’d paired their plates on the DoV website with some BC wines …
Baru - Welcoming west side room serves inventive South American fare with flair.
Carthage Café - This little place on The Drive is worth getting to know, especially for cosy and romantic evenings.
Cork & Fin - Another under the radar spot, in Gastown, known for good value. We had a chance to try out their Dine Out menu this week. Lots to choose from, including delicious Hokkaido scallop sashimi. Flexible choices and smart wine pairings.
Edible Canada - Some of the best interpretations of Canadian cuisine you’ll find anywhere. Elk leg with Moon Curser Border Vines? We’re in!
Fishworks - Lively Lonsdale Room, where the chef likes to push the seafood envelope. Overall sustainably sourced.
Forage - Tough choices between the Spot Prawn chowder and the game terrine, and Gelderman Farms pork belly, or Pacific Provider salmon, and … One of the best menus on offer, and good pairings to go along.
Hamilton Street Grill – What’s not to like about a place that offers both a $28 and a $38 menu, each of which delivers respective value? It’s a toss-up, as Neil Wyles never disappoints. If your budget can handle it, ante up for the $38. But you won’t be disappointed by this one either. Good wine choices.
Le Parisien - John Blakeley’s remake of the hallowed Café de Paris is a must. Go for the bouillbaisse, steak frites—and fries, of course!
Osteria Napoli - Long running Italian room appeals to traditionalists with classic dishes—and smart wine pairings—in a homey setting.
Maenam - Cutting edge Thai based on razor sharp flavours.
Tap & Barrel - Fun, laid back pubby place with better than usual pub fare and a really impressive selection of wines on tap—which can’t be referred to as VQA—even though they are. Go figure! But that’s another story…