Vancouver is surrounded by water and mountains and is ‘breathtaking beautiful’. It’s also a glorious place to eat. Vancouver Island has seen dramatic resurgence in artisan producers and organic produce. In fact Vancouver is rated and one of the top ten cities of the world. Peta Mathias sets out to find out why.
Food journalist Nathan Fong guides Peta around Vancouver’s exceptional seafood and Asian styled cuisine. Vancouver has the 3rd biggest Chinatown in North America and its sushi is reputed top be the best in the world. Top chef is Tojo. His BC Roll, a smoked salmon California roll, has become famed throughout the western seaboard.
Granville Island Market is an oasis in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Centrepiece is the Public Market, an emporium of green grocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, importers, ethnic food sellers, sweet stands and eateries.
On Vancouver Island we visit Sooke Harbour House, a boutique lodge and one of America’s top ten restaurants. It’s become a centre for growers who supply superb artisan indigenous food. A lot of what is on the menu is foraged straight from the forest, the shore, or grown in the garden. There’s seaweed, edible garden flowers, and local shellfish.