Award-winning chef and American restaurateur David Chang recently visited Vancouver as part of his Netflix series “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.” The series premiered on Wednesday, October 23 with four episodes, each following along as Chef David Chang and his celebrity friends taste their way through various cities around the world. Vancouver was the first stop on his journey, with homegrown actor and comedian Seth Rogen playing tour guide. The duo stopped at a number of iconic Vancouver landmarks including the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Queen Elisabeth Park and the Vancouver Aquarium.
Beginning at Fairmont Pacific Rim, the pair headed out on the town to taste everything from jelly filled donuts at Lee’s Donuts inside Granville Island Market to chicken feet at Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant on Main Street. The 44 minute episode highlighted the diversity of Vancouver’s food culture and abundance of local produce that can be found in the city. For those looking to experience their own food tour of Vancouver, check out a few of our favourites below.
Breakfast – the most important meal of the day.
Start your morning at Vancouver’s all-day breakfast spot, Jam Café. With two different downtown locations, it’s best to start your day early to avoid the lines. Their large menu includes over seven different eggs benedict and pulled pork pancakes. At Fairmont Pacific Rim, giovane café serves up a deliciously messy breakfast sandwich for those on the move. The ‘dirty g-yolk’ is made on a brioche bun, topped with a fried egg, aged cheddar, caramelized onions, jalapeno + cheddar sausage and finished with chipotle mayo. For those with a sweet tooth, Breka Bakery & Café is known for their sweet treats including cakes, cookies, strudel, and drool-worthy donuts.
Brunch – for those that can’t quite get out of bed until 11:00am on the weekend.
Botanist is the latest restaurant to join in on the popular weekend tradition with their newly launched punch brunch menu. The experience includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, brunch inspired punch cocktail, and an exclusive two-course brunch menu. Located just a few blocks from the Vancouver Public Library, Café Medina serves up French-inspired brunch classics such as ‘cassoulet’ and ‘les boulettes’. For those looking to jump start their weekend, the ‘coffee spike’ includes house infused Pecan Bourbon with Butterscotch Liqueur & Crème de Cacao.
Lunch – a mid-day refuel.
Mid-afternoon, make your way over to Tacofino for some of the city’s best tacos. What started as a food truck in Tofino, BC has turned into a Vancouver staple with over seven locations serving up California and Mexico-inspired beach food for the West Coast. A visit to Vancouver isn’t complete without a stop at the Rawbar at The Lobby Lounge for a taste of the city’s first 100% Ocean Wise sushi destination. The RawBar features signature items, donburi bowls and bento boxes. With daily live music and a large selection of craft cocktails, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. For those looking for a grab and go option, pop into Meat & Bread for a protein packed sandwich, always organic and carved to order.
Dinner – the pièce de résistance.
Finish your Vancouver foodie tour with a stop at St. Lawrence, an award-winning restaurant serving up classic French cuisine with Quebecois inspiration. Chef and co-owner JC Poirer has created a menu with protein-forward and flavourful dishes such as pork chop, grilled hanger steak and braised beef cheek. Over in Chinatown, dine at Bao Bei for modern Chinese share plates and inventive cocktails. The menu takes traditional flavours from Taiwan and Shanghai with a modern twist, utilizing high quality free-range meats, organic produce and fresh house-made condiments. Returning back to Fairmont Pacific Rim, day blurs into night and Botanist is reinvigorated as the dinner destination for those looking to experience the flavours of the Pacific Northwest. Executive Chef, Hector Laguna’s menu represents the botany of the region, where locally sourced ingredients are coupled with contemporary techniques. With an innovative cocktail bar and lab shaking up chemist-like libations, a seat at the bar is the perfect place to end your tour of Vancouver.