I had dinner at Paul Stirfry on Nelson (beside the commune cafe) last night. Similar concept to places like Nuba, and Commune in that you go up and order/pay, they give you a number, you sit at a table and they bring it to you when it's ready. We need more places in this price point and casual style dining in Yaletown so I was happy to have enjoyed my dinner and will definitely return. The food theme is South East Asian street food with a Vancouver flair: oceanwise (yay:), greentable, and there are vegan and gluten free dishes which are clearly marked.
I ordered the smashed finger potatoes, which were deep fried crunchy goodness on the outside and steaming hot melt in your mouth creamy on the inside. They were tossed in a delicious flavour which I think read togarashi? on the menu and were served with a spiced aoli/mayo. I followed the greasy deliciousness with the Singapore Street Prawns dish which is basically a noodle bowl with spiced curry egg noodles, prawns, assorted veg i.e bok choy, bean sprouts. Ingredients tasted fresh and flavourful. It was a tad oily and it wasn't full of prawns but I didn't expect it to be in this style of dining establishment. I added one of four different hot sauces available and it was a comforting dish to eat on a rainy night.
My friend had the Build your Own dish of Teriyaki, chicken, and egg noodles. I like having the option to build your own meal because there are some healthy options like quinoa or brown rice instead of having noodles and for vegetarians and seafood only's there is the choice of tofu or prawns.
For drinks it looked like they had a few types of beer and they had one chardonnay and one merlot available for wine by the glass. I had the merlot (not the best wine ever but I wouldn't expect it to be for $6:) which went well with my dish.
My bill for potatoes, noodle dish, and one glass of wine came to 26.32 inc tax not tip. It wasn't cheap but I didn't feel as though it was expensive either given the quality and freshness of the food and moreover the area in which it is. Less expensive eats are rare in this area and it is nice to have a new option that is different from typical fare of sandwiches, sushi, and steamrollers.
322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA