The Chef of Canada’s ‘Best’ Restaurant Shares His Favorite Restaurants in Vancouver and They’re So IG-Worthy


A Vancouver restaurant was recently named the best in all of Canada, and the chef at this highly acclaimed spot now shares his favorite places to eat in the city.

Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson is the executive chef of Published on Main, which topped the list of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2022.

He’s the mastermind behind some of the restaurant’s more adventurous dishes – which eventually won over the judges.

The list of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants even credited the chef with “walking through the local forests to pick up most of the wildflowers, fir tips and mushrooms himself.”

And now the best recommendations come straight from the horse’s mouth! Chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson shared a list of his favorite restaurants in Vancouver to eat, while taking a break from his own cooking.

So if you’re looking for new restaurants to add to your list, you might want to check out some of the top picks from the city’s latest global culinary export.

The Slaughterhouse

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Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Why you need to go: Oysters, sweetbreads and steak diane are staples at this restaurant, according to Chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson.

They always have amazing seasonal and snack features, as well as an outstanding baking program, he added.


Anna Lena

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Address: 1809 W 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC

Why you need to go: AnnaLena has a great tasting menu, incredible service and an exceptional venue for dining, says Chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson.

He recommends trying the torn bread. “I could eat a whole tasting menu of different sauces and just a bunch of this bread on the table,” he added.


Sushi Hill

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Address: 3330 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Why you need to go: I was “a big, longtime fan of Hil in Temaki, so I was thrilled that he now had his own place,” chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson said.

“My favorite is to let it do its thing – it’s still so pure and delicious,” he added.


Osteria Savio Volpe

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Address: 615 Kingsway., Vancouver, BC

Why you need to go: Chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson loves the ambiance of Savio Volpe. He mentioned that they use the freshest ingredients from the harvest of the season.

The kale salad and its pasta are a must in this restaurant.


Mr. Red Cafe

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Address: 2680 W Broadway., Vancouver, BC

Why you need to go: Chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson constantly craves this place.

The “green papaya salad and cha com (young rice cake from Vong village) are my main dishes. I also like to order the bun bo hue after coming back from a soggy fall picking day,” said he added.



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Address: 1879 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

Why you should go: Chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson is amazed by the cuisine at this restaurant. “It’s so incredibly delicious, with such depth of flavor while still being minimalist and simple,” he added.


Restaurant St. Laurent

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Address: 269 Powell Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Why you have to go: “All the cuisine is so refined and delicious,” says chef Stieffenhofer-Brandson. The restaurant has an intimate space that is focused and they always make you feel at home, he added.



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