Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
Chinatown, Vancouver, BC
I’d been recommended Bao Bei by a number of people before I decided that it was going to be on my list and give it a try.
I walked in to an awesome interior, it was a wood grain new world restaurant with a great touch of classic Asian. The added bonus of street fighter vs xmen machine in the corner was a great final touch.
I sat down and my friend and I ordered the fried chicken, steak tartare, Brussels sprouts, pork and prawn wontons, fried rice and lamb spicy noodles.
The first dish out was the steak tartare; a classic done different. Crispy garlic, shallots and vinegar soaked watercress all mixed with finely chopped beef and served taro chips. It was interesting with the vinegar soaked watercress being fantastic but scarce. It was by no means a bad dish but I just didn’t get the satisfaction that you do with a classic steak tartare.
Next out were the wontons and the fried chicken; both were exceptional, the wontons were steamed and coated to perfection in their black bean chili sauce and the filling was fresh and plump.
Nothing bad can be said about the chicken either, sweet, tangy and dynamic morsels of fried chicken that was draped in a variety of flavourful toppings and house chilli oil.
Next out was the fried rice, my least favourite dish of the night; I was surprised at how different it was from any variation of fried rice I’ve ever had. Almost like a light nasi goreng style rice with completely random and impromptu ingredients, not a style I would order again.
Last out was the sprouts and the noodles. These two dishes are must get. The noodles were nothing short of amazing, the broth was flavourful and tasty with just the right amount of spice with the lamb being soft and tender, flaking and falling apart so easily; while the sprouts were grilled to a smokey deliciousness then tossed in oyster sauce, chilli and bacon. Literally a perfect side.
The place not only had a sick vibe but had a bunch of awesome staff and cocktails to boot. A definite winner in my books and somewhere everyone should check out.