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Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant – Vancouver

October 28th, 2009 · No Comments

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In desperate need for new, savoury, good asian food we found this place online and decided to hit it up on (yet) another rainy vancouver night. Oddly enough, I have no idea what this place is called. On the door and on the menu, it says “Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant”; online every place calls it the Cambie Vietnam Restaurant – so I’ll go with the former as it sounds like they’ve had a name change.

Super-kitschy inside, with white upper walls, a purple chair rail, and green wainscotting, with black and yellow banquettes and fluorescent lighting, it has a sort of comfort that would actually be somewhat comfortable without the fluorescent lights. We were seated and served immediately, brought tea, offered water (cold or hot), and we ordered the vegetarian salad rolls, house special beef pho, and lemon grass chicken with rice.

The food arrived in less than 10 minutes, was presented nicely, and was the perfect temperature. The salad rolls came with delicious peanut sauce, and the pho came with a pepper, a lime wedge, bean sprouts, and fresh basil. The pho was very good – pretty beefy, thin broth, some raw beef in the pho (which cooks as you eat from the heat of the broth), nice, soft noodles, and endive to add an interesting flavour I haven’t encountered in pho before. The salad rolls were delicious – we did order vegetarian, but there was chicken in the rolls (not a problem as we’re obviously not veg) – but I think our server was having issues with language – she did bring a bunch of Coronas for the table next to us which ordered Kokanees – hopefully it won’t come out of her paycheque… Anyway, the salad rolls were freshly made, with fresh, crisp veg, and the delicious peanut sauce accompanied them perfectly. You couldn’t ask for more with this dish.

The lemongrass chicken served on a bed of rice was super-tasty. Not a dish we’d had before, this chicken was fried, (not breaded), with delicious, peppery, lemony skin on it, and super-juicy, super-tender chicken meat. The rice was fine – it had absorbed some flavour from the chicken on top, but was otherwise nothing special.

All in all, the atmosphere was fine, the food was tasty, and the price was right at about $27 for a meal for two where both left full and happy. I’ve had slightly better Vietnamese food in Vancouver before (at Thai Son on Broadway), but if you’re in the neighborhood, and you’ve got that savoury/spicy craving that only asian food can satisfy, you won’t go wrong here. The service is fast and friendly, and the food is good.

Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant/Cambie Vietnam Restaurant
4136 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5V 3P7, Canada
Tel: (604) 872-3455

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Tags: Asian · Vancouver · Vietnamese

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