It is not easy to make a name for yourself on the Asian dining scene in this city where the community of the Far East is so important.
Yet since its opening in 2010, the Bao Bei, which means ‘precious' in Cantonese, holds the upper hand. Behind the neon sign worthy of a Hong Kong or Beijing storefront hides an establishment with North American decor that is very West Coast, combined with retro elements. The chef Joel Watanabe and owner Tannis Ling are reinventing Chinese food.
Thus, the classics of traditional Taiwanese or Shanghai cuisine are revisited with a modern twist: lamb sautéed with onions served in a sesame seed bun, octopus salad with pepper seeds and butternut pumpkin chutney, all served continental style, i.e. in small portions on carefully arranged plates. The presentation of these Chinese neo-tapas is a far cry from the dishes served elsewhere in Chinatown.
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
163 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3
+1 604 688 0876
Menu: around 30 CAD