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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie - Vancouver


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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie - Vancouver

Cancuk | Jan 20, 2010 09:37 AM

We went to Bao Bei last night. All in all, very impressed with everything food wise. The Mantou (pork, scallion, hoisin wrapped in pillowy soft blankets of deliciousness), Ellie's Belly (Pork Belly), and the Bao Shing (Sesame wrapped pork belly with other goodies) were the standouts. I didn't take any mental notes on the dishes specifically, so I'm sure this isn't super accurate, but we enjoyed everything and it was definitely more "Chinese food" instead of "Fusion" (a la Wild Rice). Obviously some of the cooking techniques, etc are french influenced (it is a Chinese Brasserie) and the ingredients are probably of higher quality than most Chinese restaurants but the overall feeling and taste is Chinese. Which is great.

The room is beautiful. It looks like a French influenced house in Shanghai circa 1950 (at least in my mind) and the prices are very reasonable for what you're getting. Besides the mussels ($17.5) and the soups (14-$15), nothing is over $12. For two people last night, we had three drinks (one beer ($7), two cocktails ($8/each), and, I believe, 6 dishes, and our bill was $70 without tip and we were stuffed and definitely didn't need the last dish.

A couple of mishaps which I'm chalking up to "less than one week old".. especially the timing on the food, which took a long time and was spaced poorly.. but, they're new and they were slammed.

Also, they don't take reservations and we had to wait a good 15 - 20 minutes for a spot at the bar late on a tuesday night. So, be prepared.

I will be back.

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