1108 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tel: (778) 737-1108
Advice: Monday – Friday 8am -8pm. Counter service.
With it’s nod to making delicious Bao’s, this threesome of owners, Chef Felix Zhou along with Natasha Romero and Paul Zhang have a created a bustling destination featuring a selection of tasty Asian focussed eats. The menu is an inspired blend of Far-East flavours and fresh, using locally sourced ingredients starting with breakfast through to lunch and dinner.
I ate my way through several of the Bao’s (steamed buns topped with various ingredients); my favourite of them all was the Duck Bao, duck leg in Peking sauce, pickled cucumber & crispy onion in a steam bun; followed by the Shitake Mushroom Bao with its sautéed shitake mushrooms, green onion, crispy onion and sauce. Also had the Cotechino Bao which is with their house-made sausage, and pickled carrots; and the Pork Belly Bao.
I shared a few of the sides with my friend Marco, we both loved the 5 spice fried Chicken Wings which was perfectly cooked; along with the tasty Fried cauliflower with five spice dry rub; the delicious Marinated Eggplant came with fried onions, garlic, herbs and was full of flavour.
In addition they offer a selection of bowls which are somewhat larger and have similar protein offerings in different recipes. One of the bowls that we shared was the Chicken Rice Bowl with Fried chicken leg, wood ear mushroom, satay sauce & yuzu cabbage slaw.
Loved the casual dining room with it’s industrial rustic décor utilizing reclaimed wood, metal and polished concrete flooring. This is a great spot that you should visit time and time again, I can’t wait to return to try their breakfast crepes for breakfast!
Review by: Richard Wolak