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1096 Denman St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

If you’ve yet to try Malaysian cuisine, this snug, romantic, batik-decorated West End dining room is the place to do it. The vibrant, spicy dishes served here—which include such classics as rich, coconut-laced ending beef curry and fried, whole Kum Heong crab in spicy sambal sauce—have earned the place a devoted following; the restaurant seems to win another local “best of” award every year, and regulars will gladly wait an hour for a table (reservations aren’t accepted).

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Banana Leaf

If you’ve yet to try Malaysian cuisine, this snug, romantic, batik-decorated West End dining room is the place to do it. The vibrant, spicy dishes served here—which include such classics as rich, coconut-laced ending beef curry and fried, whole Kum Heong crab in spicy sambal sauce—have earned the place a devoted following; the restaurant seems to win another local “best of” award every year, and regulars will gladly wait an hour for a table (reservations aren’t accepted).