FIVE ELEMENTS CAFÉ

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel:  (604) 559-5938

Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/

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Advice: Have a friend or two join you and share the dishes.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vegetarian Spring Roll

Papaya Salad

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Sizzling Chicken and Vegetables in Thai coconut curry

With a mix of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, the dishes on the menu are diverse and the dishes are full of flavours of this region. Owned by Victoria and Michael (she is the previous owner of Mekong on the Drive) they have put together a traditional array of dishes with healthy eating in mind. I had a refreshing Vietnamese Iced Coffee, followed by a crispy vegetarian Spring Roll to start. I then had the outstanding Papaya Salad with prawns topped with peanuts  followed by the delicious creamy Pumpkin Coconut Soup with peanut, a specialty of Victoria`s which is going to have you trekking across town on a cool wet day. The Sizzling Chicken and Vegetables in Thai coconut curry is another specialty and it was superb.

There are many dishes that appeal on this menu such as their Vietnamese Noodle Soups (pho) as well as noodle bowls and sizzling plates. The Lychee Gelato is a great refreshing option for dessert.

Review by: Richard Wolak