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Bao Bei may mean "precious," but there's nothing twee about this brasserie located at the edge of Vancouver's old Chinatown. Instead, Chef Joël Watanab...
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Reviewed 25 September 2023 via mobile

Ate here with friends in August 2023, some of the best food on our trip to Canada! Amazing service, great vibes in the restaurant and good selection of food for us all. The tofu was so great we ordered it again! Highly recommend

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023 via mobile

A friend back home told us about this great small restaurant in Chinatown and we booked a spot right at opening. Oh my. Fabulous food, wonderful staff, really great!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023

I would had given this restaurant a 5 rating if it wasn't for the unwelcome experience we had with the Maitre d' PROS The food was delicious, the service was excellent and I liked how you can see a clean kitchen with the cooks preparing...the meals. I enjoyed their special drinks too. CONS: The Maitre D . We arrived 5 minutes before opening time and were the first customers coming to an empty restaurant. The Maitre D asked us to wait outside in the heat in a very unwelcome manner. We waited outside and the weather was very hot. When the Maitre d said that we could come in, I asked to be seated in their coolest area of the restaurant. The Maitre D acted annoyed and asked us to seat in the farthest area from the air conditioner. It felt warm there. When I went to use the bathroom at the end of the restaurant, I realized that the back is the coldest area, but it was too late for me to make changes as other customers were seating there. To the restaurant management: Please train this Maitre d to be kinder and more welcome. Your food is delicious, the rest of the staff is wonderful.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023 via mobile

Bao Bei lives up to its reputation as an inventive, scrumptious dining experience. Cocktails — like the huge pina colada & aperol spritz — were a great start. Every kind of tofu we tried was delicious. Chicken wings & killer fried rice were favorites. Our...server advised us well. Be sure to make a reservation for this unique and popular place.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

This is supposed to be “unique takes on classic Chinese cuisine” in a “Compact, stylish Chinatown space” not an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, so set your quantity expectations accordingly. (We went with the promise of small plates of “playful, creative” food. We had the Chefs Choice...menu and were sadly underwhelmed. Our "Schnaks" were: Eggplant with ginger, Bean curd with mushroom, and Crispy Tofu with a delicious garlic sweet soy sauce. Everything tasted better once dunked in that sauce, it was the highlight of the night. It made all three dishes better. Next up was Pork with Ramp Dumplings and Crab Prawn Dumplings accompanied by a Vinegar sauce. Perfectly adequate but uninspired, certainly not “inventive and fun.” The black bean bok choy with spicy peanuts arrived next. Tough to keep peanuts on bok choy, but it was tasty. This was followed by Laksa marinated chicken wings with turmeric mayo and Thai chilis. While the chilis were actually spicy, the wings themselves while physically hot, were plain and not crispy enough for our liking. The mantou buns filled with braised hoisin pork, miso serrano aioli, turmeric dill kohlrabi and the Halibut with zucchini, lobster broth, and fennel seed oil... were both bland, not “positively irresistible.” The Halibut flavours were so subtle, I felt it needed spice. I added a few remaining chillis from the chicken wings, brightening it up on my tongue. With a chef's menu, timing is key. Our plates were seemingly rushed out on a conveyor, we were finished in 1 hour. In addition to the disappointing meal, we were annoyed by the space itself. The dining room is loud and the kitchen itself was also loud. Our table was directly in front of the kitchen window, which meant we heard every order yelled out. Every... single... order... was yelled towards our table. Why? Why this layout? Why not yell the orders INTO the kitchen Chef Joël Watanabe, instead of at the diners? It boggles the mind. We did not get to try the "kick-ass fried rice," though we fear it would over-promise and under-deliver like the rest of our meal did, to us at least.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023 via mobile

Terrific little Asian fusion restaurant. Very contemporary vibe. French and Indian influences, but Chinese at its core. We shared four dishes, three vegetarian, one pescatarian. Plus a couple of lagers that went perfectly with the food. Only one I wouldn’t request again would be the...small rice cakes. Everything else was stupendous.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

Great find in Chinatown. It's sort of legendary, which makes me wary, but it lives up to the hype. The owners were happy to reseat us after we were stuck next to a really overbearing guest, which we are grateful for. And the potstickers and...dumplings and shao bing (flatbread with lamb, green beans and chillis) were all satisfying. Very fun urban ambience.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023 via mobile

For the members of my family who are vegetarian they loved it. For me a meat eater not overly keen on spice not so much. The chicken wings were great but tbh there wasn’t much else that took my fancy on the menu. However the...other 2 loved the crispy tofu and the rice thingsMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 July 2023 via mobile

We went there pretty late in the night and loved the food. Not an authentic Chinese restaurant as the menu is tweeked a bit every week but we did enjoy what was served there. Quite difficult to get seating as the restaurant is pretty small...with limited seats but we were quickly assisted to an outdoor seating area. I wound not say it’s an appropriate place for kids as it’s more of adults - couple etc. One more downside were the food portions for the cost. Somehow sharing wasn’t much of an option. Otherwise, the taste was great!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023 via mobile

Opted to sample their menu based on TA reviews. Did not disappoint w/ eclectic choice of ingredients & creative cooking/sauce. While many of the ingredients were traditional Chinese, the chef took a very creative yet incredibly flavorful approach. Button mushroom, for example, tasted better than...typical fried calamari dish yet looked very similar. Never knew that a plate of cold eggplant can be just as tasty. Instead of a boa bun, she also used a sesame bread that added another dimension to her lamb sandwich. Everything we sampled were awesome. We thoroughly enjoyed our outdoor table on a sunny day for our early dinner setting. Service was fantastic, both in being attentive and helpful. Certainly earned my two thumbs up vote!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

We had a delicious meal choosing a varied selection of vegetarian dishes that went together very well! Great ambience and vibe.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023 via mobile

Very tasty and high quality food, small dishes - Perfect size for sharing when dining as a couble. One dish from every category showed to be exactly what we needed.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023

Please be aware that the Shan Tofu is spicy… And something in the salad was extremely (it’s burning my mouth) hot! So much so that I dare not risk eating any more of it. I had only eaten one cube of tofu so it was...pretty obvious that I was unhappy with it, but no refund was offered. The staff were friendly and helpful, the boiled plain rice was good and so was the background music. But overall a disappointing meal.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023

This is a small, busy restaurant, popular because the food is amazing. The staff works quite hard to serve food and beverages and they are great. Located in Chinatown. Make sure you have a reservation.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2022

We booked this place before visiting Vancouver on the recommendation of some friends and it was as good as they said. We were a big group so ordered lots of different things from the menu - the staff were so helpful in recommending dishes -...and everything was outstanding.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Many of the dishes are likely vegetarian. In a typical Chinese restaurant I would expect pork fat to be a part of many non-meat dishes as part of their cooking processes. I would guess this is not the case at Bao Bei as... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5