2702 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8
Small plates approx $5-8
Large plates approx $15+
We like this place. Although discreet signage and a “difficult to find” place often works well in big cities like New York or Toronto, unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be working so well for Ping’s Cafe, which is unfortunate. On the bright side, it means you can walk in and get a table. We really like to look of this place with a clean modern but comfortable look inside the restaurant which belies the plain frontage. A lot of thought was put into the look of this place and it deserves to be busier than it is – unfortunately, this is partly due to where it is located on Main Street, where there is not a lot of foot traffic.
The food is the Japanese take on Western food and it is an interesting and often tasty mix. The menus is divided into small and large plates. Our favorite was the bang-bang chicken – steamed shredded chicken with a miso-dressed japanese-style salad. The hamburgoo is like a meatloaf patty which is surprisingly moist. The tonkatsu (breaded and fried meat) and the battered fried shrimp (forget the name) are perfectly cooked and the shrimp is accompanied by a tasty but somehow light tartar-like sauce. The Ping dinner at $19 is a good way to try a selection of the dinner options. Beer is reasonably priced and appropriately cold. Wine is sold by the glass for $6 or bottles also available. Sake is also an option.