Lifestyle & Parenting

Down by the Bei

January 29, 2010

Chinatown is changing. First, there was the Fortune Sound Club and now,
a cool new brasserie called Bao

The name means precious in Chinese, and its indeed a special spot. Warm
and eclectically designed with cool vintage accents, like a wall of
silver platters, it serves up well-balanced cocktails and top-notch
traditional bites. We took a seat at the bar, and knew at once a woman
was in charge (that would be former Chambar barkeep Tannis Ling) as soon
as we saw the handy purse hooks. Double happiness was had with an order
of pork potstickers ($6.50) and mantou ($9), a steamed bun stuffed with
braised short rib, scallions, pickled cucumber, roasted peanuts and
hoisin sauce.

As for what to drink, The Best F@#*&$# Pina Colada Youve Ever Had ($12)
is as fun to ask for as it is to sip.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, 163 Keefer St., Vancouver, 604-688-0876,



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