English Bay - Vancouver Restaurants

 

Simpatico Greek Restaurant (Kitsilano)

Simpatico Ristorante (map, 2222 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 604-733-6824) is one of Vancouver’s oldest Greek restaurants, a long standing place for tasty and authentic Greek food since 1969.

Where.ca writes (click here to read review):

Butterknife-tender roast lamb and crusty whole-wheat pizza are the specialties in this traditional Greco-Roman family restaurant.

Located in the heart of the trendy Kitsilano neighborhood, Simpatico is nestled amongst many interesting independent shops ranging from clothing and fashion to hobbies and pets. Simpatico is about 5 blocks up the hill from the popular Kits Beach (English Bay), which the Vancouver Parks Board describes as:

Kitsilano Beach: a happening place geared for the younger set (teens to thirties) with a lovely outlook spanning from open bay, to North Shore mountains to Stanley Park

At Simpatico Restaurant, we were greeted by a friendly server who guided us to a table with a blue checkered tablecloth by the window. The main dining room is bright and airy with several skylights, and a large number of healthy plants all around the room. The couple next to us were speaking Greek and there was a large well-dressed family group at another table who were having a great time.

My friend and I both ordered the same thing: the Lamb Souvlakia (pictured below) which came with Greek salad, rice, potatoes, and a skewer of premium lamb garnished with fresh herbs. The dish was a reasonable $13.99 and was quite a generous portion.

I’ll definitely be back to try their pizza, which the server said is one of their specialties.

Lamb Souvlakia ($13.99) from Simpatico Greek Restaurant in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Lamb Souvlakia ($13.99) from Simpatico Greek Restaurant in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

A closeup shot of the Lamb Souvlaki from Simpatico Greek Restaurant in Kitsilano, Vancouver.

A closeup shot of the Lamb Souvlaki from Simpatico Greek Restaurant in Kitsilano, Vancouver.

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18,148 views - Posted Monday, March 30th, 2009

 

Tanpopo Japanese Restaurant (Denman)

Tanpopo Japanese Restaurant (1122 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC, phone 604-681-7777) serves “all you can eat” sushi in its downtown, West-End location. Lunch time prices are around $12 for the sushi buffet, and dinner (which features a greater selection) is around $22. Service was attentive, and the kitchen was fast, bringing our orders out quickly. The sushi tasted really good too. Tanpopo is just steps away from the English Bay beach and within walking distance of Stanley Park.

(update Jan 2, 08) Olivia writes:

Also noteworthy is the fact that you can order unlimited sashimi. I don’t eat raw fish, but for sashimi lovers, this is great news! ^_^

Pictured below are some of the items we ordered.

Pan fried gyoza
Pan fried gyoza

Ebi sunomono salad (with shrimp)
Ebi sunomono salad (with shrimp)

Salmon and tuna sashimi (raw fish)
Salmon and tuna sashimi

California roll and salmon maki sushi
California roll and salmon maki sushi

Salmon maki sushi
Salmon maki sushi

Chicken katsu (breaded chicken cutlet)
Chicken katsu (breaded chicken cutlet)

23,029 views - Posted Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

 

Swagat Tandoori Restaurant

Swagat Tandoori Restaurant (map, 1726 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, phone 604-688-9400) has a very affordable Indian buffet (around $11.95) that includes about 15 different vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. It’s located in Vancouver’s downtown West End neighborhood, near Denman on Davie Street, a short walk away from the English Bay seawall.

Indian buffet in downtown Vancouver

7,236 views - Posted Saturday, November 3rd, 2007