509 Main Street
T: 604 685 5623
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).
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?