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Trans Canada via rail to Vancouver

Grattan's picture

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We're off to Vancouver via rail from Toronto with a stop in Jasper. Any favourite restaurants in Jasper or Vancouver?

Catering_Chef's picture

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Gratton, Vancouver is fulof excellent restaurants.
Le Crocodile, Star Anise, Diva's, and there is new Indian restaurant which is one word, I believe it is aman's name like "Benny's" or something. I hear it is outstanding but I have not been myself.
Jasper is much smaller and there are alot of restaurants but from my point of view they are more family oriented types. However, there was a really good Greek restaurant. I cannot think of the name but it is not on the main street but it is on a street sort of behind the main drag. The trip will be breathtaking. When are you travelling and are you stipping in Calgary. I can certainly recommend many wonderful places to eat here. Have a wonderful holiday eh. Just kidding.
Wouldn't want to not say "eh" at least once. Cheers. P.S. Are you Canadian?

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Le Crocodile is excellent.

Catering_Chef's picture

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MC. What is your favorite Le Crocodile style restaurant in Seattle?

Grattan's picture

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Thanks for the information . We're Americans but have lived in the Bahamas for 10 yrs. We Have friends in Toronto and Salt Spring Island so we'll spend some time Mid Sept to Mid Oct traveling. We'll do some fishing and horseback riding.

Laurel_Hart's picture

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Bahamas.....such a wonderful place to be!! If you are interested, we stayed at a place just west of Jasper, in a small town - absolutely beautiful...a log cabin up in the mountains. The couple that run the operation have 6-7 log cabins...all less than 5 years old.....decorated with Ikea style furnishings. It looked very romantic....too bad I was traveling with my Mom and brother.......oh well! Let me know if you are interested. If I remember correctly, the price was < $150 Canadian ....p.s. any good recipies for Peas and Rice? one of my favourite foods from the Bahamas....my husband and I honeymooned in the Abacos..chartered a sailboat in Hopetown for a couple of weeks......lovely!

Catering_Chef's picture

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Grattan, You will be travelling at a wonderful time. After tourist season. Toronto has absolutely wonderful restaurants. Canoe, Kit Kat,
etc etc. They are known for their wonderful cuisine. It is my hometown but I have lived ourt west for 13 years. I make it back east quite often and am always amazed at the wonderful restaurant scene. Saltspring Island has an Inn called Hastings House. It is just gorgeous and you can go in for a meal. Take lots of $$$. If you don't eat there at least go in and see the property. Pretty special. If youvisit Victoria (which is on the island across from Vancouver) and drive up the malahat there is a hotel The Aerie. It has been on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and the view is the best I have ever scene. Also worth a visit to just look around. Reservations are definately needed at anytime of year. Have a great time. I don't know if you have been to Canada before but I think it is a beautiful country to live in and we always love to have our wonderful neighbours visit us. Have a great holiday and let us know what you think. Cheers

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One of the side trips I took while working in Calgary for about a month in '97 was Jasper. We stayed at Jasper Park Lodge, $$$$, but worth every penny. They offer a prix fixe meal in one of their many restarurants that is out of this world (again expensive, and requires ties for the men). They also have a great sushi bar in the Lodge. The scenery is some of the most spectacular I have ever seen. Enjoy.

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In Vancouver there is a great Chinese restaurant called Kieran (sp?). Wonderful ginger crab. They bring a fish to your table before it is cooked so you can see it is fresh! The lemon chicken is thin little breaded filets with a fresh lemon taste - no thick breading or opaque sauce. Everything is beautifully, freshly, and deliciously prepared. We were there a few years ago, so hope this is still true. Worth checking out.

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Grattan, if you need a B&B on Salt Spring, let me know -- I can recommend a couple. We lived on Salt Spring, just moved back to the Mainland last year (sigh, sniff...oh well, if we win a lottery, it's back to Salt Spring in a flash!) While you're there, I'm sure you're going to have a meal or two at Moby's -- one of two pubs on the island, and IMHO the best pub food anywhere (not to mention the setting -- right on the harbour.)

Vancouver has wonderful restaurants, including, allegedly, some of the best Chinese restaurants outside of Hong Kong.

Do try Bishop's -- my high-end fave, and try to squeeze in a visit to the Granville Island Public Market for picnic makings.

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Two don't-miss spots in Vancouver: The Elbow Room for breakfast -- lottsa smart-a** attitude & great breakfasts, and Sophie's Cosmic Cafe on 4th Ave.-- good, thick, juicy burgers, etc. Both cheap & local faves.

If you get to Vancouver Island, save some $$$ for Sooke Harbour House -- very expensive, but worth ever penny, and in my opinion much, much more of a really special experience than Hastings HOuse (hate to tell whoever posted this recommendation -- Hastings House has gone waaaaaaay downhill, though the prices have not followed suit.)

Grattan's picture

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Well it's dinner at 8:30 Saturday the 2nd at le Crocodile... thanks for the reference. Where is it in Vancouver - do you know if they have a web site - what's your favourite there?

Thanks again

Catering_Chef's picture

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Gratton, Just wondering how you enjoyed your trip to Canada and if you ate a Le Crocodile. Hope you were not disappointd. Where else did you indulge?

Grattan's picture

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Thanks for the follow-up note. The trip across Canada was fantastic. The train was a bit disappointing as to the number of group/ elderly travelers. Nothing better in Jasper than freshly caught rainbows and white burgundy. Salt Spring island featured private dinners at private homes with the freshest of the fresh salmon, crab and vegetables. Vancouver - yes our first night at le Crocodile. We stayed around the corner at the fantastic Wedgewood hotel. Dinner was their signature Kir (we both preferred the regular version), Ontario foie gras with a port reduction/ glass of medium bodied sauternes. I loved it but a touch too rich for my wife. I ate hers too. I enjoyed the gilled veal chop morel ands cream sauce( I'll order that every time) and my wife had Guinea fowl. A premier cru Beaune. I ended with creme brulee and my slim wife abstained. The service was excellent and a delightful meal and just a block away at a slow waddle from the hotel. We dined the next night at Bin 841 - a tapas place in a small storefront. Nothing on the menu was more than CD$10!. we had a window booth ( 5 tables total) and strolled through Asian, French and classic cuisine. A bottle of Cabernet franc and new music. We were the oldest people there- I'm 45- and the only wearing a tie. Once you're into the swing of it, it was fantastic and a lot of fun!. Our final night was at the Bacchus in the hotel and just a lovely meal. Smoked salmon for each of us to start, Veal tenderloin for my wife and good old roast chicken for me. The hotel offered their soufflé and ice wine for dessert. We enjoyed Granville market, the little ferry boats and the hospitality of Vancouver. Right now it's heading the list for a return visit in 2 years.

Carolina's picture

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"The train was a bit disappointing as to the number of group/ elderly travelers."...
Ah, Grattan, the toes you have just tread on will someday be yours.

Grattan's picture

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Please note the key of the GROUP travelers, not the totality of the elderly. I questioned the thoughtfullness of some of the tour operators booking elderly folks in walkers to ride on a train. Spills, slips and narrow passageways made it difficult for some of the elderly booked into the groups. I'm not that heartless