Tacofino started out as a food truck that I was rarely able to eat. I hated the fact I no longer worked downtown and missed out on life’s great moments. Tacofino Commissary Vancouver is located on East Hastings kiddie corner to infamous pulled pork pancakes at…
Mr. Red Cafe is a recently opened Vietnamese restaurant on Hastings (Sunrise neighborhood). Unlike many pho restaurants in Vancouver, Mr Red Cafe offers traditional Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Owner Rose tells us that they value authentic traditional flavors. Their broth is MSG free and flavors are built…
This is my special corner. I love the light in this sun room. Tamam Fine Palestinian Vancouver on 2616 E Hastings Street. There are not many high quality Middle Eastern restaurants in Vancouver. And although I hold Nuba dear to my heart – you simply can not have it on heavy rotation too much. I don’t want to ruin it to become same-same. If you are not on a look out for Tamam, it could be easily missed- hidden amongst groceries, markets and coffee shops. We came to Tamam after a dear friend’s recommendation. Prices here are fairly priced. Service is friendly and the atmosphere is neighborly.
The sun room where we dine grows fresh herbs which Tamam Fine Palestinian uses in their dishes. Mint, rosemary, lavender, cilantro, etc. They even have an olive tree. The olive tree can be finicky to grow.
Hummus 5.50: chickpeas, tahini, garlic and olives oil. We liked the herb garnishes and pepper flakes. Tamam’s hummus is served warm with a side of hot sauce. The hot sauce is a puree of jalapenos, garlic and olive oil. It is very tasty mixed with the hummus.
Eggplant Salad 9.50: grilled eggplant, grilled tomato, parsley, roasted almonds, raisins, olive oil. I love this salad of sweet and salty. Raisins gives it a nice tangy sweetness and almonds gives it a nice crunch. This salad is very refreshing. I like how the eggplants are diced and mixed into the salad.
Fish Fillet with Mujaddarah 17.50: Halibut with rosemary, sage, garlic, olive oil and lemon. Your choice of Freekeb or mujaddarah and salad. We loved the pickled cabbage and veggies. The fish was flakey and nicely sized. The mujaddarah is cooked lentils together with rice, and garnished with sauteed onions. This lentil pilaf is a nice gluten free meal.
Tamam Fine Palestinian is a nice alternative to Nuba Lebanese in Downtown. Sometimes when you are in the Tri-Cities, Downtown Vancouver simply is too far of a drive.
Tamam Fine Palestinian
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
2616 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6
Bo Laksa King once operated out of a small corner inside a small convenience store – Joyce-Way Food Market. Customers would flock here for take out or to eat between the tiny aisles. Comfort would be forsaken just for a bowl of mildly…
Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant… Try the pho once and you will be hooked. Try the rice a second time and will so happy you may want to cry. Le Do is a couple of shops down from Red Wagon and puts up a fierce…
Bao Chau Vietnamese Vancouver 寶珠 is located on 2717 East Hastings Street near the infamous Pulled Pork Pancake at Red Wagon, PNE and Playland. This Vietnamese Pho restaurant has been around since I was a little kid and still continues to serve up simple Vietnamese dishes such as Pho noodles, broken rice, and their infamous spring rolls. Although they no longer offer any Banh Mi (such a disappointment! They were really good), Bao Chau 寶珠 is still one of my favorite Pho places with reasonable prices.
House Special Beef Noodle: Loaded with your usual thinly sliced fatty beef and garnished with white and green onions and cilantro. A light flavorful broth.
Bun Bo Hué or Pho Bo Hué 順化泃粉: I prefer Pho noodles over Bun Noodles. It is easier for me to pick up with chopsticks and I prefer the texture more. So I ask for a substitute. The broth is mildly spicy with predominant lemongrass flavors. Very spicy chilli oil is added later into the beef broth. Now you may argue that one could pour in some chili oil found on the table side and it should be no different. Ah, but it is not. The yumminess of this broth can’t be tampered with. Loaded with Vietnamese ham and fatty beef slices and the full works. delicious. Now where can I find true Pho Bo Hué with actual pork hock?
Spring Rolls: Crispy spring rolls that is not too oily and has a nice filling but it was slightly mushy during my last visit.
Service and the food is prompt and if you are in a hurry you could be in and out less than 30 mins. There are parking spaces in the back and plenty along the street. Bao Chau Vietnamese has plenty of cheap eats for good value.
Bao Chau Vietnamese 寶珠
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Pho, Noodles Soup
Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2717 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z8
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been hanging out around East Hastings because I grew up in a time where my mother was a seamstress and there were lots of factories around that area. On the corner of this old East Hastings stress is…