Given that about 40 per cent of people living in metropolitan Vancouver speak English as their second language, there are many more places to dine than your traditional steak and potato joints. If you’re interested in branching out, here are some of the best ethnic restaurants to try in the area.
A family run business dedicated to making authentic, flavorful Peruvian cuisine, Silvestre Gusto Latino puts a little taste of Peru right in downtown Vancouver. Using the three traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine; corn, potatoes and ajies (chili), this deli and bistro, which boasts the “best Peruvian food in town,” creates delicious sandwiches and dishes such as the chicharron, a slow cooked and fried pork belly sandwich with sweet potatoes and salsa criolla.
Silvestre Gusto Latino, 317 Water St., Vancouver, B.C., +1 604 558 2825
Offering an authentic Nepali dining experience, Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen brings the heart of Nepal to British Columbia. Try the cook’s favorites, Quati or Pokhara Lamb, which is boneless lamb marinated in a yogurt, ginger-garlic paste and gentle Nepali spices before it’s grilled to perfection. The Himalayan kitchen also offers popular Nepali desserts.
Explore cuisine from different regions of Vietnam at this authentic restaurant, which offers dishes made to perfection with subtle flavors and great ingredients. Try popular rice or noodle dishes, Vietnamese ham, seasoned pork roll and cooked pork blood with large round rice noodles. Mui Ngo Gai also offers traditional Vietnamese pho dishes and a variety of other specialty soups and dinner dishes, all packed full with flavor.
If you ever wake up in Vancouver wishing you were in Amsterdam, make your way to the The Dutch Wooden Shoe Café, which has been around for over 35 years. Offering traditional Dutch breakfasts and brunch dishes like pannekoek and waffles, this place is quirky, charming and delicious. Think apple cinnamon waffles, Dutch pancakes with sausage and greens, bitterballen, or different types of pannekoeks.
The Dutch Wooden Shoe, 3292 Cambie St., Vancouver, B.C., +1 604 874 0922
It’s nearly impossible to miss Pinpin when you’re on the 6100 block of Fraser Street. Serving up Filipino-Chinese cuisine, this spot is home to authentic, favorite dishes from the Philippines like the pork binagoonan or the calderetang baka. For a sweet ending, try the cassava cake, a tasty pudding dish made from cassava, eggs, coconut milk and sugar.