Conceptual Dining

Red Onion BurgerApparently as a result of eating far too many peanut M&M’s, I started thinking about high-concept restaurants in Vancouver.

Well, maybe I’m abusing that term. But so what. We’re talking about what thematic restaurants would be if they were either completely serious or just took the idea way too far. You know, we’re talking Elbow Room Cafe rather than Hard Rock Cafe. Japadog, but not Tsunami. The Kolachy Shop? Maybe.

This idea is probably just a stupid extension of my rather daft ideas about authenticity. But I press on!

So aside from the above, what conceptual restaurants does Vancouver have? I might nominate Wild Rice (though it’s more “really good fusion” than purely high-concept), La Casa Gelato probably gets the nod for its “massive gelato selection as its own end” idea, and oh, probably Wang’s House of Chicken Soup in Port Moody (101-3003 St. John’s Street), because the menu consists of five dishes: four kinds of chicken soup, and a whole roast chicken.

I’m serious, that’s it. There’s no appetizers, and the only sides with the entrees are five kinds of pickled vegetables. I think there’s a few desserts.

But my quest is not yet complete: can you think of a conceptual restaurant I’ve missed? Is this making any sense?

3 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    That burgers looks soooo good….Is it from somewhere in Vancouver?


  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    Yes, it’s from the Red Onion, a restaurant which is not at all conceptual. The burger is as good as it looks. I reviewed the Red Onion last year, and recycled the photo.

    I recycled the photo because I couldn’t find any food photos in the Metblog pool I really liked.


  3. (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 8:12 am

    Looks like a place I will have to check out! Thanks!



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