By Brittany Tiplady
Perhaps the groundhogs were mistaken this year. As temperatures are proving winter is here to stay for now, hunkering down with a bowl of comfort food is essential. If you’re looking for some warmth, check out this list of five restaurants in Metro Vancouver that serve up delightful, warm, and nourishing stews, curries, and chilies to hit the spot.
1616 Alberni St, Vancouver
Forkhill House has a bevy of options for traditional Irish cuisine, but in the spirit of all things warm and comforting check out the Irish stew: braised lamb, russet and sweet potatoes, carrot, parsnip, with a red wine demi ($26).
428 Carrall St, Vancouver
Pop into this eclectic Gastown haunt for Caribbean food, rum drinks and late-night music. Try the jerk beef stew: slow cooked with butternut squash in Calabash jerk sauce, served with rice and peas, seasonal veg and ripe plantain ($19).
Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe
9233 Glover Rd, Langley
This famous Fort Langley staple has a menu that never fails! Staying on the theme of hot and hearty, check out the chicken chili yam bowl: grilled chicken, roasted yams, peppers, onions, cilantro, black beans, sweet chili sauce with crisp tortillas and sriracha aioli ($14). The most sought-after dish at Wendel’s however is most definitely the butter chicken: creamy chicken curry with mild cumin and garam masala, basmati rice, cilantro with garlic naan bread ($14).
Washington Avenue Grill
#5 – 15782 Marine Dr, White Rock
It’s doesn’t quite fall under the stew category, but this dish is hearty, warm, and the perfect winter entree. Try the seafood hotpot: salmon, red snapper, prawns, and mussels in a spicy red curry cream broth with rice noodles ($21.99).
Tasty Indian Bistro
8295 120th St, Delta
It’s tough to pick just one menu item from the generous selection Tasty Indian Bistro has to offer. My personal favourites include the Keema curry masala ($15) and the paneer vindaloo (a great option for vegetarians, at $13) and the chicken Tikka masala ($14). Of course, a generous side of naan bread and rice is a must!