With so many flavorful options in one city, a second taste of Vancouver’s fine eateries is a delicious necessity.
This time, we explored what the Downtown West End and Main St had to offer our thrashing appetites. Greek, Malaysian and Australian Cuisine are just blocks away from some of the city’s most iconic sights and locations. Stanley park, English bay, the world’s worst tourist attraction: The steam clock, are just a short walk from some of these downtown eateries.
Breakfast: Slickity Jim’s on Main St
This fun breakfast joint is a must eat in Vancouver! I’m hesistant to call it a hipster joint because its probably best described by some other cultured and sophisticated term. With more than ten different varieties of Eggs Benedict and a really cool setting of vintage photos and bus seat booths, this restaurant is perfect for an interesting first date or weekend brunch!
I ordered a coffee and Sweet Fancy Moses: Prosciutto, brie archichoke eggs benny while my partner ordered a delicious Charlie Don’t Surf: Avocado and grilled salmon eggs Benny. Yum yum yum, share an egg with your friend to try two yummy choices.
Greek: Stepho’s Souvlaki Restaurant – 1124 Davies St.
Stepho’s bar on Davies St, one of many locations around Vancouver looks a little run down from the street view. But once inside, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The staff are very friendly and made excellent recommendations. We ordered an overflowing plate of calamari and an appetizer of olives, pita and feta cheese that were superb. The best part of this restaurant experience was the Mousaka; hot and hearty, this dish was sooo good! Like, so good! The whole meal was rather filling and very reasonably priced. The ambiance was set by the dim lights and Mediterranean styled interior that really opened up our palates and tongues to the delicious food and pleasant chitter chatter.
Australian: Mouse’s Down Under – 830 W Pender St
The Australian restaurant! We don’t have any Australian pubs back in the maritimes. No kangaroo burgers and only grandma’s bangers and mash to fill ours bellies. My experience at Mouse’s down under was terrible so I never returned for a second visit. The staff were friendly enough but they brought out dirty dishes twice to our table, once being bad enough. The Baileys hot chocolates were really good but the actual meals of shepard’s pie and bangers & mash were unremarkable and franckly over priced. In all honesty I should have picked other menu items, but I expected more. The setting and overall service was also underwhelming. Too bad 🙁
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cafe – 1779 Robson St.
Have you ever just walked by a place over and over again and wondered what it’s like in there? That’s how we stumbled into this Café eatery. As a native of Nova Scotia, I can’t find Malaysian food locally back home. Not even a bad Canadian Malaysian food hybrid had previously salivated my steak and potatoes palate. This Cafe isn’t a mom and pa traditional family owned restaurant, it’s located in a commercialised hub area on Robson St. Downtown with several other locations in the tri-city area.
The setting was really nice and comfortable. The happy hour was very reasonable! We went for a quick after work snack and enjoyed the eggplant fries, the lettuce wraps and some cocktails for under $30 tip and taxes included. Definetly a place I’d go again as their menu has many more great options.
Solly’s Up Main – 24th Ave & Main St.
This strange little bakery supposedly sells the best cinnamon buns in Vancouver on top of selling a wide variety of bagels and baked goods. The shop is just across the street from 260 house and definetly worth making the cold frigid walk.
The cinnamon bun: Despite not being hot out the oven, it was gooey, sweet and moist. One of the rare occasions where ‘moist’ is an acceptable descriptive term. The sugary topping melted in between the layers of soft cinnamon bread. Along with some hot coffee, it will surely put a smile on your face! Not the best cinnamon bun I’ve ever had, but surely an honourable mention.
Thanks for reading, I hope your next dining experience leaves your stomach feeling well satisfied and your purse reasonably lighter!