I’ve been in Vancouver for about a week and I have to say I’m really impressed by the culinary options this city has to offer – there are restaurants everywhere. I’ve tried some memorable Canadiana bistro cooking at The Oakwood on 4th Avenue and I’ve sat down to dine on sushi at least every other day. It does seem like every third restaurant here may be a sushi restaurant. Ok, the stats may not be that high, but Vancouver is surely seeping with plenty of joints serving high-quality sushi.
That said, I think my favourite place so far is a tiny, bona fide, lantern-lit Chinese restaurant called Legendary Noodle on Denman Street, right near Sunset Beach Park. This little resto caught my curious foodie eye one day when I was walking by looking for a famed tapas place (I love tapas as well). I decided I’d go back the next day, and stay true to the tapas quest that night.
The lured return journey was certainly worth it. Think low key, exotic Asian ambiance, dimmed lighting and simple, yet delicious food that you just can’t find anywhere else. A polite waitress with red lips took my order for noodles in a chili-lemon-garlic sauce topped with with steamed greens ($8). My friend and I also ordered dumplings with a mildly-spicy peanut sauce to start ($6).
The dumplings arrived swimming in the creamy peanut sauce, which was so good (and plentiful) I ended up pouring it over the noodles.They – the noodles – arrived shortly after topped with healthy-looking broccoli, lightly boiled spinach and green beans. With just the right amount of garlic and spicy lemon, and the added peanut sauce, I was certainly enamored by the dish’s healthful simplicity yet tingly and delightful affect on my taste buds.
If you are looking for fun, authentic, laid back and … wait for it … legendary dining in Vancouver, I really do vouch for this sweet little place!! ❤ ❤