Cha Le Tea Merchant | Dining in Vancouver

A newer tea bar has opened in Yaletown Vancouver - trendy, bright and a very modern atmosphere - all while bringing you the best quality teas. It's a great spot for a business meeting, catching up with friends, and enjoying a light meal to go along with your hot (or cold) caffeinated beverage. Cha Le Tea offers friendly service and much knowledge about the teas that are available. Green, White, Oolong, Pu'er, herbal, and black teas are offered and they all have unique flavours and history. The sophisticated teas will bring you distinctive flavours and aromas and will awaken your senses (claims their website) and we definitely enjoyed our Matcha Latte ($4.75). You can even asked to have it unsweetened (which we highly recommend doing so in order to taste the matcha). Head on into the chic Cha Le Tea Merchant Café, where you can not only enjoy a tea but perhaps a snack like their hand peeled shrimp on toast with avocado and shredded nori, or their truffled ricotta and hazelnuts on toast. If you're more of a sweet tooth, try their chocolate toast or salted caramel and banana on toast with brown sugar and cinnamon mascarpone - the choices are endless! 

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Location: Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe 
Beverage: Matcha Latte (unsweetened)

Nuba Kitsilano | Dining in Vancouver

Cozy and a fun place to have a meal with friends, Nuba provides a cultural and satisfying menu for all. Lebanese cuisine includes everything from seafood to poultry, to vegetables and so much more. If you've not tried it for yourself, Nuba is definitely your stepping stone. Baba Ganooj is one of our favourites: creamy roasted egg plant purée with lemon and tahini. Another great dish is their sautéed minced lamb with onions, pine nuts and spices with hummus and avocado. All the many flavours put together in the one dish are simply divine. Be sure to try their spiced prawns cooked with chile garlic oil, and their stuffed eggplant: spicy tomatoes and red pepper stuffing, topped with feta dressing and toasted walnuts - yum! Bring your friends and family to Nuba to try Mediterranean cuisine, they'll for sure be impressed.

Food (from Top left to right): Baba Ganooj, Garden Falafel of chickpeas, fava beans, veggies and spices with hummus and avocado, Najib's Specal of crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt served with tahini,  Lamb Hushwie - sautéed mince lamb with onions, pine nuts and spices served with hummus and avocado, Halloumi Cheese - traditional Middle Eastern cheese, seared and served with fresh tomato, pomegranate nut dressing and fresh mint.
Made by: Nuba Kitsilano
Location: 3116 West Broadway, Vancouver

Fable | Vancouver Dining

 If you're looking for fresh ingredients with a twist, Fable is the place for you. I've found that, "Farm to table," has been a popular theme in Vancouver. Everyone is into fresh, local (and sometimes organic) produce - a great way to promote the amazing products BC has to offer. I found Fable Restaurant to be a great dining experience (minus the extreme heat you'll experience during the summer inside) that has tasty dishes and great service. I'll definitely be back at some point to see what's new.

From top to bottom: Rhubarb and strawberry soda with Fable syrup. Trout tartare. Spaghetti and Meatball with duck jus inside and a parmesan sauce (my favourite!). Schnitzel special.

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Restaurant Fable

West | Vancouver Dining

I hadn't been back to West Restaurant in a couple years.

West was packed and has definitely turned into a hip place for drinks. Turns out the bartender had one an award at some point in their career (I was impressed!) The Mint Julep was very tasty.  The other cocktail that you see below the julep is a signature cocktail made by the award winning bar tender. Check out the cocktail list here.

For dinner, I had all appetizers (as that's what seemed to catch my eye as I was going through the extensive list).  We started with an amuse bouche, followed by our courses we ordered:

pea soup, beef tartare, and lastly a seafood risotto of prawns. 

I highly suggest making a reservation, as West is one of the popular choices in Vancouver (it's also great if you don't have to cross a bridge into downtown to dine if you plan on having a beverage or two.)

I would definitely go back in a heartbeat (it is a little more pricy) but this is because West is fine dining in Vancouver (rare to find in the city these days...)

A take on canadian, western cuisine with a modern twist. West, thank you for a pleasurable dining experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge you offered about my dishes or the cocktails I got to try.


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