Dine Out Vancouver

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My 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Recommendations

It’s back – the ultimate foodie festival where restaurants all over the Lower Mainland from January 18, 2019 to February 3, 2019 will offer prix fixe meals for $15, $26, $35 and $45. I’m been attending this event since it started and here’s a few tips on how to get the best value and best experience plus my Dine Out Vancouver recommendations for this year’s DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL.  I was lucky enough to get early access to the menus as I’m an Aeroplan Member.  Aeroplan Members have some extras such as complimentary glass of bubbles or amuse bouches at some restaurants. I assume you have to mention or show your Aeroplan card.

  1. Weekends will fill up quickly for most restaurants, so the earlier you make a reservation, the better chance that you will be able to book the time that you want. I always secure all my reservations the first day Dine Out rolls out the restaurant menus.
  2. Look for restaurants that offer menus with choices that emphasize their unique cuisine.  Too many times I’ve seen menu items such as roasted chicken which to me indicates that the establishment is more concerned about the volume of food they send out rather than the quality.
  3. Some menus offer add ons such as some all-savoury menus that offer a dessert for just 5+.  Beware that if you have wine and selected quite a few of these additional menu selections, the price of your meal will increase quite substantially, but if you’ve only made one or two Dine Out reservations, then you can afford to splurge on the extra frills which can greatly enhance your meal..
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  4. If you have food sensitivities such as gluten or dairy, beware restaurants might not be so accommodating during this time due to the high volume of traffic they experience during Dine Out, so study the menu carefully before you make your reservation.
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  5. To get the best bang for your buck, choose the four star restaurants who usually don’t offer prix fixe menus.  These establishments usually have entrées starting at approximately $25, therefore a three course meal at $45 would be a great value.
  6. Dine Out Vancouver is an opportunity to go out of your comfort zone and try new or new cuisines without hurting your pocketbook.  To optimize this experience, reserve a table for three of your friends and have anyone order different entrées to share.

 

Dine OutFederico’s

The following are my Dine Out Vancouver recommendations for 2019 after perusing the menus.  You can peruse the complete Dine out Vancouver menus for the following suggestions by going to the  DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL website.

Ultra Frugal

  • Afghan Horseman ($25):  offers lamb and belly dancing is free
  • Brewhall ($15): Walk in only. Burger (featuring five unique burgers – Portobello, Korean, Smokehouse, Mushroom or Barnyard with pork belly, fries (or salad) plus mini donuts
  • Heritage Asian Eatery:($15)  for dinner only featuring Spicy Tofu, Chicken Bowl and Custard Bun, 1st come first served
  • Torafuku ($15 for lunch):  featuring Kissass Rice Bowl or Ramen
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La Pentola

 

Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Getting the best value for your money doesn’t always mean the cheapest price. It means that you are getting good value for your money.  During the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, usually the best value is to score a three course meal at a four star establishment who usually doesn’t offer prix fix meals.  The cost of an entree at these establishments alone is between $25-$40.

  • Atlas ($45) offers Angus Beef as choice
  • Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse ($45): offers Beef Wellington or Ahi Tuna as appetizer, New Year Steak or Sablefish & Lobster as entree
  • Carver’s Steakhouse ($45): Offers Oscar Top Sirloin Steak or Bourbon Peppercorn New York Steak as an entree
  • Catch Kitchen + Bar ($35): Offers Surf and Turf as entree (AAA Angus Tenderloin) with prawns
  • Chop Steakhouse ($45): Has Prime Rib or Blackened Sirloin Crab Cake Oscar 7 oz as choices for entree
  • C Prime ($35): offers 6 oz Wagyu Sirlon as entree
  • Global ($45): Prime Striploin is an entree choice
  • Gyu King Teppanyaki ($45): half lobster and Ribeye as entree
  • Keg ($45): offers Prime Rib, Top Sirloin or Sirloin Oscar as entrees
  • La Pentola ($45): 4 course Italian meal
  • Mulligans at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course ($25): Features Signature Lobster and Steak or Braised Short Rib as entrees
  • Pennisula Seafood Restaurant ($45): Features lobster and rack of lamb for entree selection
  • Pidgin ($45): 6 Pan-Asian courses served family style
  • Provence Marinaside ($45): features duck breast or Bouillabaisse with wine pairing of $15 or  petite wine pairing of $25
  • Seasons in the Park ($35): 6oz Prime New York Striploin is an entree selection
  • Vancouver Fish Company ($45): has Surf & Turf (Surf & Turf, 6 oz Alberta Striploin, scallop & prawn skewer) as entree choice
  • Wildtale ($45): Surf and Turf – ‘AAA’ California cut beef striploin and lobster
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Dine Out VancouverFederico’s Supper Club
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Dinner and Live Entertainment

  • Afghan Horsemen ($25): nd dinner,  at night, there’s a belly dancer.
  • Blue Martini Jazz Cafe: ($45): live jazz bands, check Website for schedule, New Year steak as entree choice
  • East is East, $40, East Indian food with live music (call the restaurant. They are offering the Silk Route Feast’ signature tasting menu, served with your selection of soup, salad and any two main dishes. it comes with Boulani (stuffed roti), Afghan and basmati rice.
  • Federico’s Supper Club, ($45), four courses, two seatings (5:30-7pm) and after 7:30 (which includes live music and dancing). Jan 25 & Feb 2 are unavailable due to private parties Everything is good on the menu as I’ve eaten here about 5-6 times. Click here to read my review, although the review was written in 2013 the quality of the food is still the same today
  • Frankie’s Italian Kitchen ($35): as live jazz music, check the website for schedule.

Wake Me Up for Breakfast

  • Chickpea ($35): offers mimosa or spiked coffee, French toast, pancake or sandwiches and all vegan
  • de Dutch ($25): featuring French Toast or Pannekoek with a mimosa or specialty coffee
  • Hawksworth (no price on site): 3 courses featuring Croquette Monsieur or Smoked Trout Coddled Egg
  • Victor ($45): featuring dim sum or Victor benedict (mac & cheese waffle, thick bacon, Gruyere cheese)
  • Water St. Cafe ($45): Featuring Smoked Salmon Benny or French toast.
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Kaya Malay Bistro

 

Sharing Plates

Most of the following Dine Out Vancouver menus are set out as sharing plates, but some aren’t but I it has been my experience that if everyone in your party orders a different menu item, you can share and try different items, as they do offer more than one choice for appetizers or entrees:

  • Banana Leaf ($25): 7 items
  • Chicha ($35): Our Dine Out Menu reflects our tapas style restaurant. Each guest may choose: one appetizer, two tapas choices from the entree section, one dessert. Click here to read my review
  • Cuchillo ($35): Latin tapas, four courses
  • East is East, Broadway ($45): soup, salad and selection of two mains and dessert, has plenty of vegetarian/vegan options
  • House Special ($45): Vietnamese featuring Desert Island Dumpling with mung bean dumpling, Highlands Risotto with Black truffle and Hainanese ginger congee
  • Kalay Malay ($25): Malayasian feast of curry delights that isn’t too spicy, the Lunch and Vegetarian menu offers a sampler platter for the appetizers and entree. Click here to read my review
  • Max’s Restaurant ($25): Phillipino cuisine featuring Kare Kare (Beef Peanut Stew) and Crispy Pata (Crispy Pork Hock)
  • Maeman ($45): offering a family style menu, choose ONE starter, ONE salad, ONE curry and ONE stir fry per 2 guests. Desserts are served individually as selected by each guest
  • Pidgin ($45):  6 Pan-Asian courses served family style
    Salmon N’ Bannock Bistro ($45) has aboriginal food featuring wild boar cheek with bannock dumplings and House smoked duck wing in shake n bake style wild mushrooms
  • Torafuku ($45 for dinner, $15 for lunch): 5 courses for dinner and only 3 for lunch. Items on the dinner menu is meant to be shared – odd # guest will get an extra portion from the 1st course and any dish of their choice from course 2, 3, 4, & 5.

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Something Different

If you’re looking for Dine Out Vancouver menus that are offering menus that aren’t like the rest, here’s my list:

  • Chewies Coal Harbour ($35): offers Southern Fried Frogs Legs as appetizer
  • Don Franceso ($45): is open again at Coal Harbour, here’s your chance to go back. Menu has Lamb Shank, Arctic Char
  • Edible Canada ($35) has Bone Marrow as an appetizer and offers complimentary wine pairing (2 oz) for each course on Dine Out Menu
  • Escobar Vancouver ($35): Braised Spanish Rabbit Ragu as choice of entree and Impossible Cake is a dessert choice which is flan and chocolate cake in one which is a typical dessert found in Mexico
  • Fayuca ($35): offers oxtail pasta as entree
  • L’Abattoir Restaurant ($45): Smoked Pork Jowl appy, Crispy Veal Sweetbread Salad and Lamb Sirloin and Braised Cheek
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Rocky Mountain Flatbread vegan and nut-free pizza

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free

Most Dine Out Vancouver restaurants have gluten-free and vegetarian options, so I’ll only be listing those restaurants who have an actual vegetarian menu listed on the Dine Out Vancouver site or who offer vegan choices.

  • Acorn ($45):  has vegan and gluten free options for lunch and dinner
  • Afghan Horseman: ($15 lunch $25 dinner)
  • Arc ($45):  features smoked cauliflower steak and smoked potato soup
  • Chickpea ($35): is entirely vegan and has many choices for the dine out menu. Also has a brunch menu which offers coffee, mimosa or boozy coffee with breakfast entree, dessert (with turkish coffee)
  • Dunns Famous ($35): has a vegetarian menu with fried pickles, Latkes, Mac & Cheese
    East is East, Broadway ($45): soup, salad and selection of two mains and dessert, has plenty of vegetarian/vegan options
  • Espana ($35): has vegetarian menu featuring vegetarian paella, no reservations, just walk ins
  • Fayuca ($35): offers grilled cauliflower as entree
  • Heritage Asian Eatery: $15 for dinner only featuring Spicy Tofu, Eggplant Bowl and Custard Bun, 1st come first served
  • Horizons ($35): featuring Coconut Curry with vegetables as entree
  • House Special ($45): Vietnamese featuring Desert Island Dumpling with mung bean dumpling, Highlands Risotto with Black truffle and Hainanese ginger congee
  • Kalay Malay ($25): Malayasian feast of curry delights that isn’t too spicy, the Lunch and Vegetarian menu offers a sampler platter for the appetizers and entree, click here for my review
  • Mahony & Sons ($25): featuring vegetarian flatbread
  • Market by Jean-Georges ($45): featuring Black Truffle Pizza and Mushroom Risotto as entrees
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread ($25):  features pizza or pasta, with vegan and gluten-free options
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory ($25): featuring linguine without meat
  • Sula Indian ($25): Indian food featuring Vegetable Coconut Curry
  • Tramonto ($45): featuring charred carrots for entree

 

Wine Me Up

  • Arc ($45)  additional $25 with paired wine flight (2 x 3oz. + 1oz. dessert wine)
  • Chickpea ($35) offers an alcoholic beverage as an appetizer
  • Edible Canada ($35): has Bone Marrow as an appetizer and offers complimentary wine pairing (2 oz) for each course on Dine Out Menu for Aeroplan Members;
  • Fanny Bay Oyster Bar ($35): Guests can also order the preset wine menu to pair with each course of their meal for $25;
  • La Terraza ($45):   BC Wine Flight Offered for $21.88 (Ask your server)
  • Lobby Lounge ($35): Substitute dessert for a cocktail such as Bourbon Sour Cherry for Chocolate Martini or Peppermint Hot Chocolate;
  • Lot 185 ($35): Features Angus boneless short rib for entree, Add $14 for two 4 ounce glasses of suggested wine pairings;
  • Provence Marinaside ($45): features duck breast or Bouillabaisse with wine pairing of $15 or  petite wine pairing of $25
  • Uva Wine Bar ($25): three savoury appetizers (includes cocktail pairing)..
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  1. Mya    

    This is sooooo helpful. Thank you!

    1. Dianne    

      I’m glad this helps.

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