Updated: 17th Dec 2014; This restaurant is closed according to Urbanspoon.com.
Suanne and I met up with Gigi and Jenkins of HoYummy a few weeks ago. We had always been following hoyummy for almost two years now. I consider them as one of the earlier food bloggers when sites like van-eats.com, Nancyland and Ho Yummy were the more prominent food blog sites around. It really makes me think that as much as Suanne and I still has the passion to continue to blog, I am sure that one day we will just move on to something else.
We decided to pick a spot in downtown Vancouver.
It was one of the more beautiful days in winter when we met. The weather this year had been horrendous and I so look forward to a drier spring. On a clear spring day, Vancouver is simply stunning … with both water AND snow capped mountains as a backdrop, I am sure there are not many places in this world with such a setting.
Chau is a newish 6-month old Vietnamese restaurant located on Robson by Nicola. Ever since we had an upscale Vietnamese meal at Tamarind Tree in Seattle, I had always lamented that there is no equivalent in Vancouver. I had hoped that Chau would be the closest to that.
As the name states, Chau Kitchen and Bar, they had a small bar right at the entrance of the restaurant. The bar splits the dining area into two parts.
The dining area is pleasant and has an earthy feel to it but nothing overly fancy. We got seated by the windows as we wanted more light for the pictures.
Once seated, we were promptly served iced water with a slice of cucumber in it. Unique, I thought.
I opted for the Chau Lemonade which is a mix of vodka, cucumber and lemon. The taste was refreshing particularly from the cucumber. I enjoyed it but it really was a bit too strong for me.
The menu is small. Basically what you see above is all there is for the main dish section. We were not too impressed with the lack of choices. What really struck me was the 1st item on the menu …
… Spring Rolls. I ordered that even though it does not really compute in my brain that any spring roll could cost $11. They were without any doubt some of the best spring rolls I ever had but still $11 is just a bit too expensive for me. Again, it was great … but the serving is too small, and too pricey.
I was also thinking that this is touted as a main dish while spring rolls are always served as an appetizer else where. Anyway, it’s described as signature chicken and taro … and is very crunchy without the greasiness associated with poorly made spring rolls.
The sides on the spring roll was colorful. That’s it.
Suanne opted for something more sensible. At the price cheaper than my appetizer/main dish ($10) the White Basa Fish is definitely more like a main dish. It is served with caramel sauce which was kind of unique for fish.
Suanne ordered a bowl of rice to go with the fish. This is more like a meal to us.
Gigi had the Fire Grill Asian Eggplant served with light sweet chili sauce and green onions ($8). It sure looked well presented and delicious.
Jenkins had the Rice Paper Rolls. For some reason, I did not take the picture of those.
Because it was not a lot of food, we could still go for desserts. Gigi and Jenkins had the Creme Caramel. Love the presentation.
Suanne and I shared Fried Banana and Ice Cream Wrap in Spring Roll. It was a good dessert and certainly an unique one too. For a very Asian touch, they had it served with condensed milk and garnished with mint. So, it was quite a potpourri of taste here.
We had a great time chatting about blogging, sharing tips and all. We actually share a lot in common that I initially thought. I think we were at Chau’s for over 3 hours until we were reminded that they close early that day for a private party. Goes to show how much we enjoyed Gigi and Jenkins company. We had so many glasses of drinks … the iced-cucumber water, the cocktail and endless top-ups of tea. So you might imagine that during the time there, there were quite a few trips to empty the bladder (OK, I know … too much information here now).
Food-wise, Chau is great. It is just that I can’t get the $11 spring rolls out of my head.
I am still looking for the Tamarind Tree equivalent in Vancouver.