My husband and I are huge Vietnamese food fans. We don’t like the restaurants too fancy and generally prefer hidden neighbourhood gems. Hasting-Sunrise’s Bau Chau Vietnamese hits the mark on all counts – and is a great option for young families like ours.
A few Sundays ago, we visited this restaurant after a morning at the park. The place was hopping, but at 12:30 still had a few tables left for us to be seated right away – likely because Bau Chau Vietnamese has mastered the art of turning over tables. Service is attentive and quick, with plenty of people on hand to notice when someone needs some assistance.
If you’re a fan of Pho Tai, Bau Chau Vietnamese’s rare beef soup is one of the best I’ve had. The beef is thinly sliced at just the right rareness, with perfectly seasoned broth that will satisfy any umami craving. Be sure to finish off your meal with a Vietnamese coffee and condensed milk, brewed right at your table.
For our kids, we ordered a bowl of vermicelli noodles and pork hash, accompanied with a spring roll. The portion is large enough to be shared among three kids. My kids gobbled their lunch up and particularly enjoyed nibbling on the julienned cucumber and carrots.
As for kid-friendliness, Bau Chau Vietnamese gets high marks for bringing our kids’ meal with two bowls, two spoons, two forks and most impressively, a pair of kitchen shears for me to cut my daughters’ noodles and meat – all without us asking. There are also ample high-chairs and booster seats. Unfortunately, I was hoping for some of the usual Vietnamese milkshake options or even a choice of juices for my kids, but there isn’t much selection in the beverage department for children.
The dining room itself is very clean and the bathrooms are well kept. There’s ample free parking in the back, but street parking is also available. Be sure to come with a few bills in your wallet since this restaurant only accepts cash.
Three main dishes, a coffee and a can of pop costs $27 with tip.
Bau Chau Vietnamese
2717 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
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