8 hot spots to get a taste of the globe in Vancouver, B.C.:
Market by Jean-Georges, (below left) in the Shangri-La Hotel, is just what you’d expect from star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Like the perfect sauce, the restaurant balances Asian and European flavors to delicious effect (try the rice cracker–crusted tuna). $$$; 604/695-1115.
La Quercia serves Northern Italian dishes that are so good, they might make you weep. The delicate agnolotti is a must. $$$; closed Mon; 604/676-1007.
Vij’s Vikran Vij is an icon here for his brilliantly modernized renditions of traditional Indian food. Don’t miss the “lamb popsicles”―French-cut chops with an addictive fenugreek-cream sauce. $$$; 604/736-6664.
Try the sour orange mussel curry or fiery fermented sausage at Maenam―you’ll never look at Thai food the same way again. $$; 604/730-5579.
C Restaurant buys its catch straight from the docks. Expect thrilling seafood exotica like sablefish collar with elephant heart plums and a “tip to tail” king salmon. $$$$; 604/681-1164.
Lumière is not new, but with French master chef Daniel Boulud now involved, it’s mind-bogglingly good, with regular and vegetarian tasting menus. $$$$; closed Mon; 604/739-8185.
The fried chicken at Refuel is the best we’ve ever had. Period. $$; 604/288-7905.
Vancouver’s Chinese food is legendary: At Sun Sui Wah, you pick a live king crab and it arrives minutes later, steamed, cracked, and piled with green onions. $$; 604/872-8822.
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