Photo Visit – Golden Garden – August 2012

8 Aug

509 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 2V1

T: 604 685 5623
No website

Brief Description: A Vietnamese restaurant located on the cusp of Chinatown and Down Town Eastside, that sells traditional Vietnamese dishes such as pho and báhn mi. Prices are very cheap and serving sizes are filling.

Are you someone who likes keeping lists? I am. I get a serious kick from making lists, and even more of a kick from checking things off my list. My iPhone has been a big help with this addiction. My notes section is full of lists, including “wines to buy”, “books to read”, and “restaurants to try”. If I hear or read about a restaurant that I’m not familiar with, I jot it into my phone with the intention of visiting. Well, Golden Garden was on my list and whilst B and I were scratching our heads thinking of where we could go for food at 3pm on the stat holiday, I remembered my list. CHECK!

On our way to Chinatown, I realized that I rarely eat out in this part of town. It is mostly due to being unfamiliar with “the good, the bad, and the ugly” in this area. I really don’t know what the hot spots are and which ones are to be avoided. I had seen Nathan Fong (a food and travel journalist with the Vancouver Sun) waxing lyrical about Golden Garden, so that was good enough for me. B and I settled into our booth in the very quiet restaurant (it was 3pm afterall) and ordered steaming bowls of pho (a bargain at only $7 a bowl) and a plate of vegetarian fried rice ($9).

Pho Garnish

Beef Pho

Vegetarian Fried Rice

I’m not an expert in Vietnamese cuisine, and certainly not in pho, but I enjoyed the flavour of the broth but not so much the meat (just me being picky). The veggie fried rice was great and I’d pop back in to try some more dishes, particularly the báhn mi, which the restaurant seems to be known for.

What are your favourite Chinatown restaurants? Where should I try next time I’m exploring the area?

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5 Responses to “Photo Visit – Golden Garden – August 2012”

  1. StrayKat August 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    I’ve tried a few things at Phnom Penh in Chinatown and they made an impression on me. They had some tasty fried frog legs. That place is always full but I’m hesitant to do take out. I think for the full experience you have to eat there.

    • greedyguts August 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      We should go for dinner there sometime. I haven’t been for a few years but had an enjoyable experience. I heard their butter beef is meant to be good.

      • grayelf August 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

        Try the “chicken seasoning” banh mi at Golden Garden. Also their frogs legs are pretty tasty.

      • greedyguts August 9, 2012 at 9:47 am #

        Thanks for the suggestions. I love bahn mi so I’ll give that a try next time.

  2. marvinchase August 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I adore Vietnamese food and have written a few posts on my own blog about the category. Maybe you will enjoy checking them out. But I also love making lists of my planned food exploits and travels and it’s really funny that you mention this because I have build an iOS App specifically for people like us! Check it out if you wish at http://companyno1.com/placemarker. If you’d like to try it out when it’s released join the mailing list, like our Facebook page or drop me a line. You seem to be just the kind of person who would love this App. Cheers,

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