Vancouver—19th Annual Restaurant Awards

Thank transplanted Vancouverites Damian du Plessis and Louie De Jaeger for this unlikely oasis. Beyond the undistinguished door lies a most un-Chilliwack-like room, designed by Wade King and reminiscent of Parkside. Hefty, well-priced cocktails (the Fellini, at $8.95, is a knockout, though the Tequila Mockingbird wins on name alone) and an unexpectedly deep wine list ensure good libations. The menu makes selection a happy problem. As a starter, wild mushroom ravioli with gorgonzola cream superbly avoids the too-rich trap. For mains, lamb osso buco and pan-seared duck breast are bounteous bargains, both served with local, seasonal veggies on the side. Warm pineapple upside down cake with house-made coconut rum ice cream seals the deal.