Northwestern US in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Behind its anonymous exterior, Bishop's pioneered West Coast 'locavore' dining long before the farm-to-table movement arrived. Legendary chef-owner John Bishop is still at the top of his game, serving outstanding dishes in a warm, elegant room where white tablecloths and silver candlesticks are de rigueur. Expect a seasonally changing menu that could include Haida Gwaii halibut or Fraser Valley lamb.

The service here is pitch-perfect, so stay a little longer and indulge in dessert. And look out for the man himself; he'll almost certainly drop by your table to say hi and will sign a copy of his cookbook Fresh if you wave it in front of him. Reservations recommended.