There’s a new kid on the block of West Broadway that offers you similar takes on Cambodia / Vietnamese food with a fusion twist. Indochine Kitchen brings you food that shadows crowd pleasers as Phnom Penh, but is it the same, better, or shallows in comparison? Once you have drank the Kool-aid, are you able to find another high? It’s hard not to compare Indochine to Phnom Penh. PP already has set the bar so high.
Word on the street it is PP’s uncle, PP’s son that opened shop. It could be the dishwasher who peeks over at the head chefs cooking and tries to mirror their footprints. I taste traces of PP but none that matches. Don’t get me wrong. The place is not bad, but it’s hard not to measure them with the same ruler.
It is Sunday afternoon and Indochine Kitchen was genuinely empty. PP would’ve had line ups out the door with over an hour wait.
INDOCHINE Garlic Butter Chicken Wings 9.50: Garlic chips and lemon pepper dipping sauce. Wings were fresh, tasty, and spicy. Wings were slightly thin. The MSG goodness still cannot compete with PP’s. Wings also comes in Honey Garlic and Sriracha Buffalo flavours. Wednesday’s special is ½ price wings. 4.25 for 9 pieces is a great deal.
Butter Beef Carpaccio 12: Buttery slices of raw beef in a citrus Vietnamese vinaigrette, garlic chips and cilantro. Hands down PP is much better. Indochine’s were tough and chewy and the sauce was missing the punch.
Papaya Salad 7.50: Shredded green papaya, basil, mint, crushed peanuts and sweet chili soy dressing. Served with your choice of beef jerky or tofu puffs. We chose beef jerky: sliced jerky; soft and moist. I always liked Papaya salads because they are always refreshing and filling. Perhaps easy on the chilis would be better suited for this salad because the spiciness was overpowering.
Indochine Kitchen have a nice little deck patio and great daily specials and a great stop if you are in the area. Perhaps I am biased towards Phnom Penh (and I can’t see who wouldn’t) however they probably need to step up their game to attract more customers. Thats why there are daily specials!
- Tuesday: Ladies Night – 4 Lychee Mojitos + 4 Selected Food Items for 40
- Wednesday: ½ Price Wings
- Thursday: House Pitchers 10.99
- Fridays: Shots + Highballs 5
- Saturdays: Weekly Rotating Drink Specials
- Sundays: Beers 1.75 (1/2 sleeve)
Indochine Kitchen + Bar
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Cambodian, Fusion
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday 11AM-LATE
Friday & Saturday 11AM-LATE
1 East Broadway Vancouver, BC V5T
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