Another year, and another group of amazing restaurants have opened their doors to the delight of local foodies.
High end and boujie, out of the ordinary and innovative, cozy local hangouts – we saw it all open, and we loved each spot for different reasons.
Vancouver’s 2017 cuisine threw creativity and collaboration to the forefront, whether it was concepts, fusion grub, or back-to-basics cultural staples, diner’s were able to choose their own adventure from an array of interesting dishes.
Eateries that opened opted to elevate cuisine but not up pretentiousness, much to the delight of diners everywhere. In terms of decor and atmosphere – it’s an Instagrammer’s world and we’re just living in it. We saw glorious colour schemes and pastel punches that would blend perfectly into any capable influencer’s grid; a perfect back drop to elegantly plated dishes and greasy mega beef burgers.
These new spots generated buzz pre-opening, and are still holding top spots on people’s must-try list. The best part? Some of these eateries are incredibly affordable so you don’t have to save that epic meal for just once a year.
Here are our picks for the best new restaurants in Vancouver for 2017.
It’s safe to say the Fairmont Pacific Rim finally got the restaurant the luxurious hotel deserves.
Whether you’re coming to get a snap of the pastel dream of a dining room, or you’re looking to sip on one of the cocktail lab’s epically priced cocktails – there’s no denying that Botanist has been a must-try all year long. It opened at the Fairmont Pacific Rim last spring and it’s been raved about and revisited by Vancouver locals and visitors alike ever since.
Now, just under a year later, the restaurant is still proving buzz-worthy, earning its status as a fixture in the city’s culinary scene with seasonal delights plated to perfection, an amazing team, and an atmosphere to match.
Executive Chef Hector Laguna’s food is as delicious as it is stunning. And with an array of seasonal plates on the menu, many centred around meat (something that’s consistently prepared on point by the culinary team here), there’s a big chance you’re going to want to time your happy hour with a late dinner in the dining room. There’s also a seriously impressive cocktail and wine program. Shoutout to wine director Jill Spoor and her all-female sommelier team.