Canada’s largest annual dining celebration, Dine Out Vancouver, officially starts for the 18th year. From January 17, 2020 to February 2, 2020, this festival features hundred of restaurants, each offerings menus priced at $15, $25, $35, or $45 per person, not including beverages, taxes, and gratuity. With a wide selection of cuisine, diners can be adventurous to visit the new restaurants. However, with hundreds options, it is difficult and expensive to try every one of them. So, I compiled a list of restaurants that I think it is worth to go based on my regular dining experience and quality-price of the menu.
Popina Canteen / Lunch Menu
With the limited options in the $15 menus, I think Popina Canteen is worth a try, especially for diners who have never tried it yet. Same as last year, the set menu comes with a burger of your choice, fries, and a puff cream for dessert. The set is worth ~$25. It is located on Granville Island, which is easily accessible with a panoramic view of False Creek.
Maru Korean Bistro / Dinner Menu
Not too far away from the Lonsdale Quay, Maru Korean Bistro is definitely my favourite place to dine. They also have amazing lunch specials during the weekdays. The dine out menu this year is totally worth to go if you are in the area. For $25, you can enjoy japchae, bossam (pork belly), and a Korean dessert. Of course, there are other options on the menu. Though I am not sure what the portion is, Bossam on its own is already $31 on the regular menu.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Main Street / Lunch & Dinner Menu
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. is one of my favourite restaurants in 2019, and I think it totally deserves your attention. Both lunch and dinner menu is $25, and you can choose from a wide selection of house made pizzas and/or handcrafted pasta for your entree. I highly recommend getting the BC Mushroom Caps for the appetizer! Please be aware that only the Main location is offering the dine out menu. Vegetarian menu option is also available.
Cuchillo / Dinner Menu
I have heard many good reviews of Cuchillo, yet I have never been myself. As I have mentioned earlier, DOVF is also a great opportunity for us to explore new restaurants, and this should be one of them. It serves Latin American cuisine, which is unique to see in Vancouver. The 3-course set menu features some of the signature and off-menu items, and for $35, it is a steal deal.
Sai Woo / Dinner Menu
Sai Woo is a classy and spacious restaurant that features casual Asian fusion food, by adding twists to Western dishes. I have been eyeing their dine out menu since it first came out, and I think it is one of the most attractive menus during the festival. As they often change menus, it is always a great surprise to see and taste each dish. I am most excited about the Salted Egg Yolk Creme Cream Puff.
The Rise Eatery / Dinner Menu
I have been to The Rise Eatery so many times, and I am satisfied with every experience here. This $35 menu is worth every dollar, comprising of a mixed of new and signature dishes, such as the Uni-Versal Pasta and Luv U So Matcha. You can also read about my previous dining experience here.
WildTale / Dinner Menu
I usually go to WildTale for happy hour, but I also enjoy the regular items. They are reasonably priced, with a nice ambiance. I personally like the interior of the Olympic Village location more. For $35, you can enjoy a 3-course menu, and the Rangeland Bison Tartare and Pan Seared Ling Cod caught my attention. This menu is available in both locations, and you may want to order a dozen of oysters while you are there!
Forage / Dinner Menu
Forage, located at the Listel Hotel on West End, focuses on local and sustainable ingredients and connects diners with local farmers, foragers, and fishers. I am excited to try this year’s menu, because there are some unique dishes, such as Duck Breast Pastrami, Canadian Bison Butcher’s Cut Steak, etc. Its creative menu can definitely attract many locals and visitors to relaxed-yet-elegant evening.
Robba da Matti / Dinner Menu
Robba da Matti is a cozy authentic Italian restaurant, featuring freshly made pasta. It is also one of few Italian restaurants that offers my favourite pasta, pappardelle! For $45, you can get 3 courses, and my pick would be Bruschetta Leccese, Pappardelle “Rosche Rosche” and Tiramisu. This menu is available in both locations.
Vitality Steam Seafood / Lunch & Dinner Menu
I am actually surprised to see Vitality Steam Seafood on this year’s DOVF, and I am also amazed by its menu and price. For $45, you can enjoy the steamed seafood experience, with a complimentary congee base, seafood platter, and an additional entree. I would recommend go in a small group (2-3 people), because they also have other combos for groups of 4 or more, which is then a better deal than this one. I tried it once, and I quite enjoyed it. Read my previous dining experience here.
Wildebeest / Dinner Menu
Wildebeest brings customers an adventurous dining experience by focusing on delicious locally sourced ingredients and preparing it with the utmost integrity. It has always been on my list of to-go restaurants. Chef’s creativity always makes me wonder what the dishes taste like. For $45, you can enjoy a 3-course meal, and the desserts especially attract me.
I hope this list will help some of you in making decisions for the upcoming Dine Out Vancouver Festival. There are definitely some overpriced menus out there, and I hope this list can help a little. Let me know in comments if you also find other gems this year!