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APRIL 11TH, 2008


In a city so food fanatic even venerable French chef Daniel Boulud is nervous to open his DB Bistro here this summer, sometimes it makes sense to sit down and take stock. Here, our current fave places to eat, drink and be merry.

10. When we need food fast (but not fast food) we head to Red Burrito (now with 4 locations) for trios of soft-shelled chicken or prawn tacos doused in fresh lime for just over a fiver.

9. 100-mile-dieters take note: Aurora Bistro is the locavore hotspot with all-B.C. wine card and dinners sourced from the local larder.

8. A long table down the centre of the sleek, concrete bunker called Salt Tasting Room is where hipsters commune over plates of cheese and charcuterie (hung in the new subterranean Salt Cellar).

7. Nu is where we pretend we're on the bough of a yacht, and cuddle up at sunset with ahi tuna sashimi, spot prawn cocktails and B.C. bubbly on the deck cantilevered over the ocean.

6. On our way to the Orpheum Theatre, we stop at Uva Wine Bar for light Italian fare like Bresola salads and cheese plates while watching downtown culture vultures parade past.

5. With private rooms, an intimate patio, banquettes and bustling bar, Yaletown's Goldfish Pacific Kitchen is where singles mingle over cocktails and duck spring rolls without running into their exes.

4. When we do business at lunch, we hit Jules to make sure we leave the impression we understand good vibes, good French food and good value.

3. The newly revamped Yew at the Four Seasons Hotel may give you an out-of-Vancouver experience, especially when you see the amount of wine being consumed before 3 p.m. on a Tuesday.

2. On an otherwise barren strip of Cambie Street, neighbourhood gem Pied-a-Terre popped up serving all-day French bistro fare like hangar steaks, peasant salads and quiche.

1. While the food at Boneta qualifies as fine dining, there has also been fine dancing on those very same tables. An international, well-dressed crowd that likes to stay late, this is the Vancouver of the future.

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