1. VV Tapas Lounge
957 E Hastings, Vancouver
Who: Former Mission Kits somm/owner Chase MacLeod and Rachelle Goudreau (previously of Mission Kits and Provence Marinaside).
Why we’re excited: Small share plates (like mole-spiced pecans and devilled duck eggs) and an intriguing wine list create a sophisticated date-night spot in an evolving corner of Strathcona.
Photo by Juno Kim.
3593 Main St., Vancouver
Who: Chef Gus Stieenhofer-Brandson staged at Noma and worked under local stars David Hawksworth and Scott Jaeger; owner Cody Allmin also runs Port Moody brewery Twin Sails.
Why we’re excited: See above. Put a hungry young chef with a knack for contemporary West Coast dishes in a 100-seater Mount Pleasant space designed by Evoke, and you’ve got a recipe for something special.
3. Deadbeetz Burgers
1950 D Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Who: The owners of the ultra-popular food truck of the same name.
Why we’re excited: The pickled-beet-topped burgers are so good (choose Vancouver Island beef or vegan-approved cashew chickpea or quinoa patties), you don’t even mind if your whole mouth and face turn purple.
4. Old Bird
3950 Main St., Vancouver
Who: Chef Deseree Lo (who honed her chops at CinCin) and GM Shawn Jones (a Chambar alum) team up with newcomer owner Sophia Lin.
Why we’re excited: The former Nomad location is set to transform into a showcase of Taiwanese and Shanghai street food (official motto: “Chinese food with attitude”), with small plates that reflect Lo and Lin’s childhood favourites: try pork stew with sous-vide egg, or hot and sour bamboo shoots.
2018 33 Ave SW, Calgary
Who: A room designed by Paul Lavoie plus chefs from Tavernetta equals some serious potential.
Why we’re excited: Share plates of stuffed zucchini flowers, sunchoke and sea urchin malfatti or Roman-style oxtail ragu await in a delightfully maximalist space. pubblicoitaliankitchen.com
6. Beach House
150 25th St., West Vancouver
Who: The Fuller Family have been stewards of West Van’s most iconic building since 2010; they’re celebrating 10 years with a facelift of the historic house... and the menu too.
Why we’re excited: Extensive renovations have elevated the Edwardian architecture and put focus on the waterfront views and work from B.C. artists. A revamped, seafood-focused menu from Earls’ chefs David Wong and Hamid Salimian pairs beautifully with a specially curated wine list that clocks in with 101 offerings.
7. 1931 Gallery Bistro
750 Hornby St., Vancouver
Who: The Vancouver Art Gallery (maybe you’ve heard of it?).
Why we’re excited: The patio overlooking Robson Square is one of the city’s best; the modern exposed-concrete interior design is the work of Calgary’s Frank Architecture. With a rotating menu of locally inspired offerings— braised B.C. short ribs, roasted fennel quiche and an extensive cocktail list among them— we’ll be well fueled for our next visit to the Cindy Sherman exhibit.