If you're anything like me, you're no food critique, but you definitely LOVE good food. Not only that, but you also love going out and discovering new restaurants, cafes and coffee shops.
So now allow us to introduce you to some of the hottest and newest restaurants that opened up in Vancouver just this year. If you've been, you're definitely a city insider. If you haven't, it's time to be in the know! Here are 11 of hottest restaurants to eat at in the city right now.
Holla at your bae, your bestie or your fellow foodie, and it's time to dine!
Where: 269 Powell St // Railtown
Type: French, Quebecois
We recommend: Steak Tartare and Fried Pork Rinds
Why you should go: Trying to go for a boujee dinner date with your bae? St. Lawrence is the spot. From the founders that brought you Ask for Luigi and Pourhouse, St. Lawrence is serving upscale French comfort food in a rustic dining atmosphere...so get ready to indulge in a French affair.
Sen Pad Thai
Where: Unit 7-1666 Johnston St // Granville Island
We recommend: Crispy Wings with Thai Garlic and Pad Thai
Why you should go: Sen Pad Thai is the perfect spot to get your Thai food fill when you've been walking around Granville Island for an afternoon and need some grub in your tum. The fried chicken is AMAZING and it's also decently priced.
Where: 1038 Canada Pl // Coal Harbour
Type: West Coast
We recommend: The Deep Cove
Why you should go: With lush urban flora that fills the space and dainty dishes that will fill your stomach, this botanically inspired restaurant is perfect for a fancy dinner with the ladies or even a date night with bae.
Where: 1206 Seymour St // Yaletown
We recommend: Pork Belly Tacos
Why you should go: An absolute gem in the city. A small cozy tortilleria with insanely delicious carnitas tacos. But make sure you go earlier on in the day because as soon as they're sold out, they're done for the day (usually around 5PM).
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
Where: 163 Keefer St // Chinatown
Type: Chinese Fusion
We recommend: Crispy Pork Belly and Beef Tartare
Why you should go: Authentic Chinese food with a modern twist, Bao Bei is a true crowd pleaser serving its guests with quality cocktails and flavourful dishes. And the aesthetic is just 👌.
Where: 3941 Main St // South Main
Type: Casual, Multi-cuisine
We recommend: Broccoli Popcorn and Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich
Why you should go: This hip and healthy restaurant is serving up some seriously delicious good-for-your-body foods, so delicious you'll probably forget you're eating "healthy" food. Their patio is also absolutely beautiful.
Where: 2280 Commercial Dr // Commercial and 1488 W 11th Ave // South Granville
We recommend: Middle Eastern Benny and Hummus
Why you should go: If you're a fan of Nuba, you're definitely going to enjoy JamJar. Offering authentic, fresh and local Lebanese cuisine in an adorable, rustic dining area, you'll want to spend hours chatting and chowing down with your squad at JamJar.
Where: 280 Carrall St // Gastown
Type: Spanish Tapas
We recommend: Tuna Belly
Why you should go: If you've ever been to Spain, chances are you miss eating out late at night and enjoying small tapas at bars while sipping on cava. Well, Tempranillo is bringing that same vibe in a fancy dining setting that you'll absolutely love.
Where: 550 Main St // Chinatown
Type: Taiwanese Noodle Bar
We recommend: Nui Rou Mian, Gua Bao, and Taiwanese Beer
Why you should go: The perfect dish to warm you up during fall is a nice big bowl of Taiwanese beef noodle soup, and Rhinofish is the place to get it. The perfect spot for a chill, casual date or to catch up with a friend.
Where: 1050 W Pender St // Coal Harbour
Type: Taco and Burrito Bar
We recommend: Fish Taco, Nachos, and Cauliflower and Beet Tostada
Why you should go: If you like Tacofino already, you're going to love this new space. With their usual top-notch tacos, adorable millennial pink decor and a marble terrazzo bar, this Tacofino is going satisfy your taco craving and your Insta feed.
Say Hey Cafe
Where: 156 E Pender St // Chinatown
We recommend: Meatball Haogie
Why you should go: The perfect little pick-me-up when you're starving - the sandwiches at Say Hey Cafe are hearty and absolutely delicious. Simple but satisfying.