We get very excited on the North Shore when a new restaurant opens! Partly because it doesn’t happen very often and partly because when it does, the restaurants are usually amazing! And this latest crop of new arrivals on Vancouver’s North Shore are no exception. Celebrate Culinary Month by visiting one, or all of these newly opened restaurants … you won’t be sorry!
With an opening date of September 2015, the Ambleside Bistro is definitely the newest kid on the block, and early reviews indicate that they are a force to be reckoned with. Slow-cooked brisket that melts in your mouth is the star of the menu and can be ordered piled high on a baguette with cheese, tomato and onion or as an entrée. Open daily, it’s a perfect spot for lunch or an early dinner!
Location: 105-1425 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Photo: Ambleside Bistro via Facebook
La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop
La Taqueria opened in an industrial area in early 2015 and Mexican food lovers on the North Shore did a happy dance! The restaurant is tiny with a few counters and stools, but the tacos are authentic and the service is always wonderful. All of the tacos are delicious (yes, we’ve tried them all) but our favourites are the Carnitas (pork confit with pickled onions), the Al Pastor (pork with achiote chili and pineapple), and good old beans and cheese.
Location: 1305 Welch Street, North Vancouver
Photo: La Taqueria via Facebook
Café Orso, located in Deep Cove, is a self-described European café and the owners are committed to using local products as much as possible. The café is adorable and expect to enjoy perfectly brewed 49th Parallel coffee, craft beer from Deep Cove Brewing (that’s right, they’re licensed!), bread from Nelson the Seagull, preserves from Vista D’oro Farms, cheeses from the Farmhouse Natural Cheese and Ayoub’s dried fruit and nuts. Café Orso is a beautiful and comfortable space to simply relax and watch the world go by.
Location: 4316 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Photo: Cafe Orso via Facebook
Pastificio means pasta factory, and not only does this new eatery in Parkgate Village make their own pasta, but they make it using less typical grains, like Kamut, Spelt and the naturally low in gluten, Emmer. Pasta is the main focus of the menu, but they also offer delicious ‘rustic’ salads, sandwiches and an antipasto plate featuring locally cured meats. The space is casual and comfortable with a community table and a handful of smaller tables.
Location: 126-1133 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Photo: InGrain Pastificio via Facebook
Tap & Barrel
This successful local restaurant chain expanded to North Vancouver this summer with their third restaurant at the Shipyards. The restaurant, located at the foot of Lonsdale, has 700 seats, making it the largest in Western Canada and with 2 patios (and a third opening in 2016), and an extensive craft beer menu it is proving to be very popular. Casual dining at it’s best the menu includes items for sharing (fried pickles, anyone?), pizzas, entrée salads and amazing burgers. We loved the Seared Spicy Tuna Burger, served with a miso mayo and topped with a crunchy onion ring.
Location: 8 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Photo: Tap & Barrel via Facebook
Coconama recently relocated to the North Shore after 4 years in Richmond and we will be forever thankful! Owners, and chocolatiers, Takanori Chiwata and Kayoko Hamamoto craft wildly creative chocolates incorporating flavours like sake, lemon basil, red bean and black sesame, using chocolate that they make themselves in the shop. In addition to selling amazing chocolates and truffles, Coconama also offer CocoUniv where you can learn all about the cocoa bean and how to make your own chocolates.
264 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Photo: Coconama via Facebook
Cafe Eve, located in the newly opened Simons department store at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver, will serve a French-Canadian inspired menu. The store and 50-seat cafe opened on October 15 and the menu will include Montreal bagels, beignets and French onion soup.
For more information on Culinary Month please visit the Culinary Adventures section of our website.