A Guide to Chinatown’s Best Restaurants

Chinatown should be known as food heaven. This deep-rooted community is surrounded by phenomenal restaurants; serving Chinese dishes that it’ll keep you coming back for more. You’ll find a perfect balance of old-fashioned and contemporary flavours, great for any appetite. Therefore, it’s no surprise Chinatown has some of Vancouver’s top-rated restaurants. So, give your stomach a break from eating cheap Chinese take-out and treat your food addiction with a meal from one of these restaurants.


This spot brings a modern twist to traditional Chinese cuisine. The description and clever names of their dishes screams creative. One of their most innovative dishes is the Finding Dory, composed of Sake marinated halibut, miso buttered carrots, charred onion, fingerling potato, and dashi chowder, a well-balanced blend of Asian and western flavours.

Sai Woo

The original Sai Woo opened in 1925 and now one of the oldest standing restaurants. The ambiance and  interior design make it the perfect place to take Instagrammable pictures. Sai Woo has incorporated South-East Asian flavours into every dish. Enjoy the pork and kimchi dumplings as an appetizer and Chinese Paella as an entree for a guaranteed satisfied meal.  Hidden beneath the restaurant is a parlour where customers can enjoy cocktails right after dinner.

Bao Bei 

Inspired by Taiwanese and Shanghai flavours, Bao Bei has designed a vibrant and intriguing menu. This is not the place to get authentic Chinese food but more so a place to experience a new style of Asian fusion. Customers are raving about the succulent crispy pork belly and Helen’s dumplings. Although, Chinese dishes typically include red-meat, customers can request meatless and dairy-free alternatives.

Chinatown BBQ

Who said you could only have barbecue in the summer? Well, this spot is serving up Chinese BBQ and curry all day, everyday. Their chef’s simple cooking techniques and skillful seasonings is all it takes to blow your taste buds away.  Each BBQ plate has meat that easily falls off the bone and consists of the right lean to fatty ratio. Besides, its impeccable flavour and tender meat, everything on the menu is less than $20.

The Union

If you’re looking for more diverse Asian inspired meals, this is the place to go. Although, this doesn’t fit into the traditional Chinese food category, they do integrate famous Chinese sauces and spices. Even though, they’re known for their dinner menu, it has slowly turned into an elite brunch spot.  Many Vancouverites enjoy the chicken french toast for its modern twist to a breakfast classic.

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