I am old. An imperfectly carved, ancient relic. It dawned on me I’ve lived in Vancouver just over 10 years, much longer on this earth. Which is why you should listen to me on where to eat. Respect your elders.
1. The Reef – Carribbean
I sometimes get my island fix at Riddim and Spice on Commercial Drive. See, I just love hole-in-the-walls. Those places have the most run down decor, chairs shakily held together with duct tape, and the best food. Yet, truly, my heart is with The Reef. They have four locations: Commercial, Main, Chilliwack and Victoria, BC. The original location was on Main Street, a happening neighborhood for families and hipsters. Why do I love it? They house at least 40 different rums. That constitutes a rum bath. And the food is fresh, spicy or even milder, with the right notes of crispy, tender and tasty. I typically go for a vegetable roti or ackee and saltfish. To accompany a meal, usually a rum concoction suggested by the server sustains my rum cravings. 4172 Main Street. +1-604-874-5375. Take the #3 bus on Main and get off at Main and 28th. http://thereefrestaurant.com. Prices: $6 to $18 CDN.
2. Yamato – Sushi
I strive to shatter rash appearances, and Yamato would easily be categorized as shifty, due for a shut down by Vancouver health inspectors. Wrong! Apparently, Yamato’s cramped size and interior mimics eateries in Japan. The prices cause you to read them twice. 22 pieces for $5.95. Uh huh. They offer inventive rolls and rock bottom prices. Right on the edge of downtown,