Chicken or fish? Have both! Tapas are one of the best ways to enjoy a social meal with friends and to try a little bit of everything on the menu. While tapas are traditionally Spanish, there are many other cuisines that offer their own spin on these small plates. In Vancouver you can enjoy everything from Spanish tapas to Middle Eastern mezzes and small bites at a Japanese Izakaya.
España restaurant in the West End is a local favorite where you'l enjoy things like patas bravas, chicken liver pate on toast, paella, anchovy stuffed olives and a few of their own creations. Spanish style tapas wouldn't be complete without a nice glass of sherry and España has a healthy selection to choose from.
Vancouver's izakaya scene is lively and there are quite a few to sample from. While many of them are delicious, Guu is a Vancouver original that must be enjoyed. Bring your appetite and come prepared to order a bunch of small dishes that are made to share while enjoying a cold beer.
For a cozy experience, head to Gastown's Sardine Can for an intimate meal that's perfect for sharing with friends or your date. The Sardine Can's menu brings a small taste of Spain to Vancouver's dining scene and is a lovely spot to check out when you're in the mood for tapas.