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Top 5 Restaurants in Vancouver: David Jackman's guide

Chef David Jackman is on a roll.

Since taking over the kitchen at Merchant's Oyster Bar (1590 Commercial Drive) last year, he has earned nothing but praise for his work.

No longer the best kept secret on The Drive, his cooking earned a glowing review from Alexandra Gill in The Globe and Mail and has prompted an upcoming name change (they are dropping "Oyster Bar" from the name) to put more focus on the cooking.

David is one of Vancouver's outstanding young chefs and is definitely someone to keep your eye on.

Here are David's five favourite restaurants in Vancouver:

The Pie Shoppe, 721 Gore Avenue

David describes it as "a small pie and coffee shop that focuses on doing something simple, properly". Now in their second year, sisters Andrea and Stephanie French's "closet sized shop has been built with a very d.i.y. approach that gives their business a whole lotta soul."

Bukjang Korean Restaurant, 595 East Broadway

Photo by Sanghoon Yoo,

David explains that "I used to live in Koreatown in Toronto and fell instantly in love with the flavors. I was excited when I found out there was a late night spot with delicious food on my way home. David adds "It's adorable too, photographs line the walls from (their) various travels around the world."

PiDGiN, 350 Carrall Street

David says "I remember eating Makoto's food when I was a younger cook many years ago in Winnipeg. Since then Makoto's style took a totally different direction. I'ts always a good time." 

La Mezcaleria, 1622 Commercial Drive

Mexican-themed La Mezcaleria, located a few doors down the street from Merchant's, offers "super friendly service" and together they are "helping create new standards" for high quality food offering on Commercial Drive.

Matchstick Coffee Roasters, 213 East Georgia Street and 639 East 15th Avenue

In a ultra-competitive market, it's no longer enough to sell just coffee. Matchstick has a top notch food program too and David is a big fan. "Look no further to find the best tasting (house-made) bread in town". Annabelle Choi, one of Matchstick's talented team members, "is killing it".

Editors note: a previous version of this article identified Annabelle Choi as the owner of Matchstick Coffee Roasters. That error has been corrected.

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