03/24/2015 02:42 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT

Dine Out for Life 2015 restaurant recommendations

Dining out is a regular activity for many, but on March 26 you can dine out and contribute to a good cause without spending an extra penny.

Dine Out for Life is B.C.’s largest restaurant fundraiser and will celebrate 21 years on Thursday. More than 100 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley donate 25 per cent of that day’s food sales to support people affected by HIV/AIDS.

After taste-testing a wide range of menu options, On the Coast's food columnist Anya Levykh offers up four recommendations

Homer St. Café & Bar
Vancouver - downtown

Chef Tret Jordan’s new spring menu includes seared halibut with sunchoke, dandelion, capers and walnuts that is not to be missed. It's a beautiful, light spring dish from the restaurant known best for its roast chicken.

The Parlour 
Vancouver - Yaletown

This restaurant is mainly known for its pizza, but this is one of their new fresh and healthy options: a raw wrap with sundried tomato and red pepper wrap, with avocado, kalamata olives, sprouts, red pepper, pickled red onion, sriracha, hummus, and cucumber (with an option to add chicken or prawns). It's got sweetness, spiciness, and a great textural crunch. It also looks beautiful.

Vancouver - Yaletown

One of Chef Nico Schuermans’ most popular dishes right now is the Thon Tropicale, a pomegranate-marinated yellowfin tuna, with coconut jalapeno remoulade, puffed black rice crisps and kumquats. The jalapeno adds a bit of kick to the raw tuna, with a bit of sweetness and tartness from the kumquats.

Lucky’s Doughnuts
Vancouver - various locations

From March 26 to March 29, all of of proceeds from Lucky's Doughnuts' white-chocolate glazed, sour-cherry-filled doughnut will benefit Dining Out For Life. Need we say more? The doughnut was made especially for the occasion.

To listen to the full interview, click on the audio labelled: Anya Levykh's suggestions for Dine Out for Life