With heaps of noodles, modern Peruvian and heaps of baked goodies, September is shaping up to be a tasty month in Vancouver
As summer draws to a close and a new season begins, the temptation to try a new restaurant remains constant. Luckily, Vancouver always comes through, as openings happen at all points on the schedule. The past few weeks have brought several worthy additions to the city’s always-exciting food scene, and with some debuts slated for September, this month is shaping up to be quite delicious.
Here are some new Vancouver restaurants to put on your bucket list for September 2022.
Named after an indigenous South American term meaning “homeland,” Vancouver chef Ricardo Valverde and a talented team have just opened the doors to this modern Peruvian gem. Located in Slickity Jim’s former location on Main Street, Suyo’s menu showcases the bright, bold flavors and global influences of Peruvian cuisine with dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and more. Look for stellar drinks from Max Curzon-Price at the bar and in a lively and cozy dining room.
Mount Pleasant Vintage & Layouts
The doors are finally open to this quirky restaurant concept built in a restored heritage home in the evolving part of Mount Pleasant that borders the Olympic Village. The heritage home is the Coulter House, built in 1901, which has had many occupants over the decades, operating primarily as “6th Avenue Grocery” until the late 1970s. The restaurant is the veterinarian’s project from Vancouver restaurant, Cameron Bogue, and promises food prepared using a high-heat grill, plus cocktails and lots of chilled-out vibes.
This upscale omakase (chef’s choice) sushi restaurant — considered the first of its kind in Montreal — has expanded west and just opened a new location in Yaletown. Okeya Kyujiro offers an exclusive, reservation-only dining experience for a select few every night, serving fresh seasonal sushi imported from Japan and around the world. The “multi-sensory” dining experience is akin to theater, more specifically “washoku,” a Japanese term for a deeply rooted practice of preparing and serving food.
After months of anticipation, Afuri Ramen opened its first restaurant in Vancouver in the second half of August – the chain entered the Canadian market with an outpost in Richmond a few years ago. In addition to Afuri’s signature chicken-based Yuzu Shio ramen, the Vancouver restaurant also offers a few signature dishes, like a Wagyu Shoyu ramen and a zingy Tantan Mazamen – a soupless ramen. They also have a rare Suntory Whiskey highball tap and they make their own soft drinks, like a Strawberry Calpico.
Karma Indian Bistro
This new Indian restaurant in Kits is described as a “casual bistro” with cocktails and happy hour specials to boot. In the kitchen, a chef with 25 years of experience in Indian, German and Canadian cuisine. Must-haves, we’re told, include Lamb Briyani, Chili Chicken and Butter Chicken with Garlic Basil Naan. Karma also emphasizes its beverage program, with a happy hour from 3-5 p.m.
Bamboo World Kitchen – West Broadway
The first Bamboo World Kitchen opened in February 2022 in South Granville, followed by the second outpost, located along the West Broadway Steps from Vancouver General Hospital, in August. The restaurant offers fresh, sustainable and globally influenced bowls, salads and wraps. The concept emphasizes layers of flavor in dishes that can be easily customized for a variety of dietary needs, such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. Moreover, with the range of the menu, loyal customers can try different items and avoid the monotony of flavors.
Have you ever walked past the former Plaza of Nations site of Expo 86 and wondered how on earth they haven’t developed this land over the last thirty years? Well, we can’t answer succinctly, but we can share that a fun shipping container pop-up bar with food is now using the space for a temporary patio-style dining experience. Get there before the clock runs out!
Café Deville – 745 Thurlow and 333 Seymour
The wave of Calgary coffee chains adding outposts to Vancouver began in late July with the launch of the first two of four planned locations in downtown Deville. Calgarians who know and love Deville appreciate the chain’s coffee and espresso drinks, as well as their breakfast and pastries – locally you can find a selection of donuts from Lee’s at Seymour Street/Waterfront Cafe (it’s a stop on the new Underground Donut Tour).
Steamworks Mount Pleasant
Steamworks is now operational at the base of the Aspen, a 145 unit new construction on Main Street in Mount Pleasant. The Brewery Restaurant – the company’s “first employee-owned location” occupies retail space on the ground floor and features a spacious patio that will overlook an upcoming new green space. The location includes 20 Steamworks faucets and another 10 for dedicated and rotating guests. Open daily from noon, customers will find a full kitchen and bar and, once certain “supply chain hurdles” are overcome, the brewery’s full selection of taps.
The West End has a new destination for French pastries in a café setting. The bakery started out with just one location in North Vancouver, but has just added one at 1190 Bidwell. Look for mouth-watering sweet and savory dishes, including croissants, cheesecakes, pies and whole cakes, plus a drinks program.
Fat Mao 2.0
Send noodles! Angus An, Chef Fat Mao’s beloved Chinatown noodle shop now has a sibling in downtown Helmcken between Burrard and Hornby and it officially opens on Tuesday September 6th. Along with staples like Fat Mao’s Khao Soi, diners can also enjoy a new yellowfin tuna ceviche, braised beef brisket noodles served with Asian celery and fried garlic, and Nam Ngaio, a Nordic-style tender pork rib noodle soup with pork blood cake and tomato broth. As a bonus, the downtown Fat Mao will also serve shaved ice with rotating flavors, like Thai tea.
Archers dining room
We’re still waiting for this contemporary PacNW restaurant to be ready to welcome diners, although we’ve heard it could be in this month. Fingers crossed, it’s soon, because we’ve been looking for this first album since the beginning of the summer. Diners are promised “a journey across the shores and waters of the Pacific Northwest, showcasing the wealth of the region’s talented farmers, fishers and producers” with the Archer menu, which will pay homage to “diverse cultures and flavors of Canada”. according to a press release.
Jollibee-Cambie and Broadway
Ready for more fast food madness? Praised for its Filipino-style spaghetti, crispy fried chicken, burgers, and peach-mango pies, Jollibee is synonymous with American-style fast food fused with Filipino flavors and influences. They opened their first location in Vancouver in February, and their second outpost in the city was aiming to open this summer, but that didn’t happen, so hopefully we can check them out this month.
Could the doors open this month for the first Vancouver location of this Taiwanese chain specializing in French-Japanese croissants and croissant dough treats? That would be pretty awesome. They didn’t specify an opening date, but we’re keeping an eye out for the space (the ex-Copper Branch) in Yaletown just in case the aroma of butter and sugar hits the outside of the 280 Nelson St.
Chicken Pelicana – Robson
It could be this month that the first Vancouver location (in the city itself) of this popular Korean fried chicken chain gets deep-fried. Since arriving in British Columbia with a freshman location in Burnaby in late 2020, Pelicana has also added an outpost in Victoria and announced plans to open in Coquitlam and Surrey, as well as this one on Robson in Big G’s former “giant” fried chicken spot. The company touts “unique chicken flavors from Korea” and “signature chicken yan-nyum” – a sweet and spicy sauce developed by Pelicana.